May 27

Common Myths And Facts About Breast Augmentation

download (14)In your search for the best breast augmentation surgical services, you might have come across quite a bit of contradicting information about the cosmetic surgery. Such contradictions might seem overwhelming, but you shouldn’t give up in your search for the truth. All you have to do is seek out credible sources to differentiate the myths from the facts.

1. Unproven Assumptions About Implant Safety Issues

Just about any medical procedure would have some type of side effect. However, some people tend to exaggerate the extent of certain side effects, based on unproven assumptions. This is particularly so with safety issues concerning breast implants.

Some of the early occurrences in the initial adoption of breast implants, as recorded by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, may have led people to develop an exaggerated perception of the safety issues regarding implants. In the early 1990’s, without rigorous and systemic studies on the safety of implants, people’s opinions were easily swayed by anecdotal reports of silicone gel leaking from implants and spreading through the body.

The negative perception created by such unverified reports may have been further cemented by the restrictions and additional conditions imposed on breast implants by regulatory authorities. This would have made the public come to the conclusion that such implants were certainly bad for the regulators to restrict their supply. What the public may not have realized is that such restrictions were not based on verified studies on the implants’ safety.

Some of the concerns that people had was that leakage and/or diffusion of silicone gel contributes to an increase in systemic diseases. Women who adopted implants were also concerned about such problems as capsular contracture around implants, resulting in loss of sensation, hardness, distortion and even pain.

Fortunately, once proper research was carried out to verify such safety concerns, it was found out that silicone implants were not responsible for connective tissue disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. Cancer was also ruled as a concern in the adoption of silicone implants. In fact, it’s actually quite interesting that silicon is found naturally in the human body.

The complications that can actually arise due to the use of implants are much less harmful and usually occur when implants are left to stay for too long until they age. In such situations, you may experience capsular contracture. At such a point, you would require corrective surgery to replace your implant.

2. Facts About Mammography

Just as you demystify the myths surrounding augmentation surgery, you should also find out about proven facts of the operation.

It’s true that implants do obscure mammography images of tumours. This inevitably interferes with early detection of breast cancer, causing a delay in diagnosis.

Fortunately, special techniques are being adopted to minimize such implant interference. You should also realize that there is a certain proportion of obscured mammograms even in women without implants, as indicated by the FDA.

In some instances, both saline and silicone implants can rupture while you undergo mammograms. You surgeon would advice you on how to handle such situations.

Once you understand the real fact about augmentation surgery and eliminate the myths, you would know exactly how to get the best from your operation.

 

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May 17

Signs Of A Botched Breast Augmentation Surgery

download (13)There is often a certain level of fear among patients who wish to undergo augmentation surgery, especially if it is their first time. There are always questions on whether the results will be as expected or whether they would need corrective surgery. A failed attempt at increasing breast size is what most patients fear.

How do you know whether your surgery was a success or not? Here are signs that your surgery was botched.

1. Excessively Firm Implants

Do your implants feel natural to you? Are they too firm, and not soft and supple? Usually, the first sign of a botched breast surgery attempt is implants that feel too hard. Your surgeon may have used poor quality implants, instead of using the more popular silicone implants. If this is the case, you may want to have the implants removed and replaced with better quality ones.

2. Ruptures And Leaks

Although rupturing of implants can accidentally happen, they are usually a sign of a botched surgery. Silicone and saline implants are known to rupture every once in a while. These ruptures are often caused by a simple mistake a surgeon makes. If there is a leakage in your saline implants, then you will notice them shifting and changing shape over the course of a few days. Despite the fact that silicone ruptures are known to happen, they are harder to detect. Signs of a silicone implant rupturing are unusual breast lumps, soreness, swelling and aching.

3. Problems With Implant Positioning

Sometimes surgeons make the mistake of positioning one breast significantly higher than the other one. If you have noticed this problem, it’s important that you notify your surgery immediately to discuss ways in which it can be corrected. This is a problem that is also found in breast lift procedures, and would require corrective surgery.

4. Differences In Size

If, after having implants inserted, you notice that one breast seems bigger than the other, you should notify your surgeon immediately. This mistake occurs when the surgeon uses two different-sized implants, or does not take into account the size and shape of the breast prior to surgery. Unless you want to walk around with unevenly sized breasts, you will need to undergo corrective surgery as soon as possible, and preferably get it done by another surgeon who’s better qualified.

5. Wrinkled Skin

If you notice any kind of wrinkling around the implant, then you should notify your doctor immediately. It may be a sign that your implant is leaking. Your skin should be smooth and wrinkle free. If that is not the case, then you need to have a doctor look at it.

6. General Sickness

A botched breast augmentation surgery can also present itself through a high fever, excessive scarring, constant pain, hardening of breasts, as well as inflammation and itching.

If you have any of these signs, it’s important that you see a doctor immediately who will advise you on the kind of treatment you need, and whether or not you require corrective surgery.

 

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May 10

Hidden Costs Of Breast Lift Surgery

download (12)Because plastic surgery is elective, and not entirely necessary, costs almost always fall on the patient. It’s also common knowledge that cosmetic surgery is rather expensive and most patients are required to pay some percentage of the money upfront.

In as much as you may be prepared to pay for the procedure, are you aware of some of the hidden costs of plastic surgery? Here are some of them:

Money

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as of 2014, a breast lift costs on average $4,377. Even if you may be given a figure of how much the surgery would cost, there is no true way of determining the exact figure. This is because of all the things that you may be charged for which will not be included in the initial quote.

For instance, your consultation may be charged separately from surgery. You may also be required to pay for the prescription medication you’ll be given to deal with pain and reduce the risk of infection. Furthermore, it will be more costly for you if you experience complications which require you to be taken to hospital.

Because of these issues, it’s always advisable that you have a little bit of extra money to use, just in case of any hidden cost you may not be aware of.

Time Off From Work

Some people fail to take into account the fact that they’ll not be able to go to work for several days following the procedure. Most companies don’t allow their employees to take sick days off for a surgery that they elected to have. For the number of days you’re unable to work, your employer may choose to deduct this from your salary.

If you own a business, you need to consider that you may not be in the best shape to conduct business as you normally would. You could instead hire someone to oversee your business for a few days, or you could decide to close it down temporarily. Each of these options will cost you money.

Long-Term Health

In as much as plastic surgery is done to enhance a person’s appearance, it can have adverse effects on health. Hence, it’s important that you go for general check-up to determine whether you are physically capable of undergoing surgery. You should make sure your doctor has chosen an implant that is safe and that he/ she will use anaesthesia that is medically acceptable.

Relationships

You shouldn’t be surprised that plastic surgery can affect your relationships. It does have a way of changing how you feel about yourself, as well as how you view others.

If you were not comfortable in your body before, now you are. This will affect your relationships in many ways; for instance, you and your partner may even experience a new level of intimacy as a result of your new-found confidence. Also, people may respond to the positive and confident new look you possess, and they too will begin to treat you with respect.

 

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May 1

Risks Associated With Breast Lift Procedures

download (11)Are you considering having cosmetic surgery done, but want to know about the risks it may pose? Thousands of breast procedures are carried out each year with successful results; however, there are some that go wrong as a result of risks associated with the procedure. These risks include:

1. Scarring. It is normal to develop a certain amount of scarring that will last for about a year or two after the procedure. It’s possible to hide such scars through wearing bras and placing clothes strategically. Although rare, improper healing may cause thick and unsightly scars that do not fade.

2. Infection. Infection is a risk associated with any kind of surgery, and in this case, it is the most common complication. Symptoms of an infection will become visible anywhere between one and six weeks following the operation and will include swelling, fever, foul smell, redness, pain and discharge. The most common type of infection is staphylococcus (“staph”) which can be easily treated with the use of antibiotics as well as draining the wound.

3. Nipple or breast sensation may be altered. Some patients report normal feeling return within a few weeks after the procedure, while others report a total loss of sensation in the affected area. It’s important to note that erotic sensation is not normally affected. The risk of total loss of sensation is higher if the procedure involves repositioning of the nipple.

4. Changes in shape or size of breasts. Such alterations may occur during the healing process following a procedure. It’s also possible that surgery did not correct asymmetry that a patient had before the procedure.

5. Total or partial loss of the nipple. Although this is rare, it has occurred on a number of occasions and is as a result of damage to breast tissue during surgery. Loss of blood supply to the area may lead to a loss of the areola or nipple.

6. Difficulty in breastfeeding. For the most part, breastfeeding is not interrupted following surgery; however, some women report difficulty producing enough breast milk.

7. Adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Before surgery, general anaesthesia is administered to the patient through an injection or gas mask. Patients that develop reactions to the anaesthesia typically have underlying medical conditions, as this particular risk is not noted in healthy individuals. Symptoms of an adverse reaction include dizziness, nausea, shivering, vomiting and muscle pain.

8. Hematoma. This is a condition that refers to accumulation of blood at a trapped incision sight. If not dealt with, this condition can lead to formation of scar tissue, infection and pain. Small hematomas do not pose a risk as they are easily reabsorbed into the body. However, larger ones will require surgery to remove them.

9. If a breast lift procedure is combined with breast implants then there are other risks associated such as rippling, rupturing, contouring, pain, fluid accumulation and leakage.

The risks mentioned above should be discussed comprehensively with your surgeon, prior to your procedure. Through such consultation with your surgeon, you’ll have the chance to get further details on what to do to avoid any adverse side effects.

 

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