Breast Augmentation Problems
Having problems that might be related to your breast implants? Sometimes it’s hard to know. Here are some common complications.
Breast Augmentation Problems - Capsular Contracture:
Just about every woman with breast implants has scar tissue surrounding her implants. This scar capsule doesn’t show, it is inside her breast, and this is her body’s natural way of protecting her from a foreign object. Sometimes, however, that capsule is too tight for the implant. Capsular contracture is when the capsule is too tight and feels like it is squeezing the implant.
Breast Augmentation Problems - Rupture:
The implant is covered with a silicone envelope, which can tear or even break. A rupture can be caused by a defect in the implant, daily routine stresses on the implant, an accident, an accidental cut during implant surgery or biopsy, or the aging of the implant.
Breast Augmentation Problems - Infection:
With any surgery, infections can happen. Most infections appear shortly after surgery, within just a few days. The most serious infections can cause toxic shock syndrome and can be fatal or result in gangrene. If the infection is very serious, the implant will need to be removed to treat it, and can be replaced after the infection has cleared up.
All implants, including breast implants, attract bacteria.
If a saline implant is no longer sterile, it might cause an infection when it breaks. Bacteria, mold, and fungus can grow inside saline implants.
Breast Augmentation Problems - Disease and Serious Illness:
Almost everyone agrees that implants can cause local complications, such as those mentioned. There is much more controversy about whether it can cause diseases or disorders. Some women can have implants for many years and never have any problems, but as the years go by, many women with implants become seriously ill. Common symptoms include joint pain or stiffness, memory problems, trouble concentrating, fatigue, flu-like symptoms that don’t go away, or pain throughout the body. Auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma are also problems among women with implants.
Breast Augmentation Problems - Additional Concerns:
Studies published in 2001 by other scientists at the National Cancer Institute raised questions about the long-term safety of breast implants. Unfortunately, many doctors are not aware of these recent studies. One study found that women who had breast implants for at least eight years were twice as likely to die from brain cancer, three times as likely to die from lung cancer or other respiratory diseases, and four times as likely to commit suicide, compared to other plastic surgery patients.
A second study found that women with breast implants for at least eight years were 21% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer compared to other women their age.
More large, long-term, studies of women who have had implants for 10 years or more need to be conducted in order to find out if these risks of cancer or death increase or decrease when women are studied for longer periods of time.
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