Worried about having implants?

Are you considering breast augmentation, but worried by the idea of implants?

Have you had previous augmentation but are now unhappy with the results? Whatever your concerns, the one thing you should not be worried about is discussing them with a doctor.

Implants used for breast augmentation came under great public scrutiny in 2012 following a British report, which found that French implants manufactured by PIP had double the rupture rate of other implants. PIP implants caused a health scare across Europe, which resulted in many implants being removed. The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) recommended that all PIP implants be removed, as did the regulatory bodies in many other European countries.

More recently, there have been reports of celebrities such as Amy Childs having problems with implants or having them removed. However, this does not mean implants themselves or the procedure of breast augmentation should fill you with alarm. In fact, the study published on PIP implants demonstrates the rigorous approach taken by the cosmetic industry in the UK, which ensures safety is a top priority in all cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgeons are very much in favour of regulation, and support openness about all procedures which in turn improves patient experiences by ensuring realistic expectations. Although breast implants may have had some bad press, this is not supported by scientific evidence, and where there is evidence of this nature, the response of professional bodies is swift.

Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic procedures, and research has shown it can have life-changing effects on self-esteem. Implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be inserted using a number of different techniques, including under local anaesthesia. They can be used to correct uneven breasts, increase breasts size, restore lost breast volume (a common side effect of breast feeding), or to enhance appearance in conjunction with a breast lift to correct changes associated with age, weight loss or childbirth.

There are three main reasons why women might need to have their implants removed. These are leakage or rupture of the implant, capsular contracture, or a change in the size and shape of the implant. These three reasons are responsible for the vast majority of breast implant removal surgery, which is usually combined with revision or complete replacement.

If you would really like breast augmentation, but are worried about having implants, or if you have implants already and are concerned about their appearance, make an appointment to discuss the possibilities with a surgeon. You should be offered a one-to-one consultation, providing you with a chance to discuss any specific concerns, and consider what size, shape, and type of implants would be best for you.

Implants should not be a cause for concern. Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure, and it is important that women considering this type of surgery feel absolutely confident in the materials used, the technique, and the surgeon who will be performing their operation.

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