Are Breast Implants Safe?

The internet is filled with many stories, opinions and experiences about breast implants. While personal stories can offer insights, remember that each person’s body and circumstances are unique. At Umansky Plastic Surgery and U Laser Med Spa, we believe in transparency and empowerment through knowledge. Today’s breast implants have undergone rigorous testing and have earned the approval of regulatory bodies, being thoroughly vetted for safety and reliability.

Breast augmentation is an appealing option for many individuals considering a change in appearance. This procedure’s transformative power on one’s self-confidence and self-image is undeniable. However, just as with any significant decision, it’s natural to have concerns and questions. One of the most prevalent apprehensions? The safety of breast implants.

The Evolution of Breast Implants

To understand the safety of modern-day breast implants, it’s essential to examine their history briefly. Breast augmentation has been around for over half a century, and the implants used in earlier days were significantly different from today’s state-of-the-art options. Over the years, rigorous scientific research and technological advancements have refined the materials and techniques, enhancing their safety and reliability.

Breast implants, like all medical devices, undergo stringent testing before being available for public use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for evaluating and approving these implants, ensuring they meet rigorous safety standards. We only use implants that have earned FDA approval, such as ALLERGAN® and MENTOR®. These have undergone extensive testing and trials, making them trusted choices.

Types of Implants

Several types of breast implants are available, each offering its own pros and cons. We keep up to date with the latest information on safety standards and only provide the safest and most ideal options for our patients.

Saline implants are a silicone outer shell filled with sterile saltwater. The beauty of saline implants lies in their simplicity. If a rupture were to occur, the body would harmlessly absorb the saline solution, offering peace of mind. It would also be noticeable rather quickly as the breast size would diminish.

Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, mimicking a natural breast tissue feel. They provide a soft and natural feel, which many patients appreciate. However, if a rupture happens, it may require an MRI or ultrasound for detection since they do not deflate like their saline counterparts. The silicone gel typically remains trapped in the fibrous capsule that forms around the implant, preventing it from spreading. This is often termed a “silent rupture” because it’s not immediately apparent.

Gummy bear implants, formally known as highly cohesive silicone gel implants and textured implants, became popular due to their unique properties and the aesthetic results they can achieve. They are admired for their teardrop shape, which can mimic the natural slope of the breast, offering a natural look. Their cohesive gel consistency ensures that even if the implant were to rupture, the gel remains intact, much like the consistency of a gummy bear candy. They have undergone rigorous testing and have been considered safe and effective when placed by skilled, board-certified surgeons.

Regular Monitoring

Breast implants are designed to be long-lasting. However, like any medical device, they aren’t meant to last a lifetime—regular check-ups with our board-certified plastic surgeons, Drs. Jeffrey and William Umansky can ensure your implants remain in top shape. These check-ups can help detect potential issues early on, ensuring that any required interventions are timely and effective.

One crucial aspect to underline is that the safety of breast implants is not just about the device itself. A significant component of a successful breast augmentation procedure lies in the overall health and preparedness of the patient. A healthy lifestyle, absence of smoking, and realistic expectations all play pivotal roles in ensuring the safety and longevity of breast implants.

The success and safety of breast augmentation also hinge on individual factors. Proper patient health, postoperative care and regular check-ups are crucial in ensuring the implants’ longevity and safety.

Further Considerations

Breast augmentation, like any surgical procedure, is a significant decision. While the type of implant – be it saline or silicone – is crucial, there are other pertinent factors every potential patient must consider:

Personal Aesthetic Goals

The desire for breast augmentation is profoundly personal and varies from one individual to another. Some seek a subtle enhancement, while others wish for a more dramatic transformation. Discussing your specific aesthetic goals with your surgeon is essential.

Size and Profile of the Implant

Size isn’t the only aspect to ponder; the implant’s profile or projection is critical in the final results and appearance. It determines how far the implant projects outward from the chest.

Implant Placement

Whether positioned beneath the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue, each method has its advantages, and the choice often depends on the patient’s anatomy, the type of implant and the desired outcome.

Incision Location

Incisions could be made in the inframammary fold (beneath the breast) or around the areola. The incision choice impacts scarring, potential breastfeeding capabilities and other factors.

Recovery Time and Process

Understand the expected duration of recovery and what it entails. From taking time off work to refraining from certain physical activities, having a clear picture helps better postoperative planning.

Interested in Breast Implant Surgery?

At Umansky Plastic Surgery and U Laser Med Spa, we’re dedicated to ensuring a safe aesthetic enhancement by answering your questions, addressing concerns and guiding you every step of the way. It’s only natural to prioritize safety along this journey, and we’re committed to ensuring that your journey is transformative and rooted in the highest safety standards. Let’s get started with your personalized consultation. Click here or call us at (858)-281-4560 today!