Risks and recovery: 4 things to know before getting breast implants

Published on: 4 May 2022, 20:14 pm IST

The decision to go for a breast implant surgery should come after careful consideration. An expert tells you the things you must know.

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Be aware about the risks before opting for breast implants. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Breast implant surgeries top the list when it comes to cosmetic surgeries and enhancing features. With advancements in medicines and technology, these surgeries are now widely practiced. But before you opt for it, you should know the risks of getting breast implant surgery.

What does a breast implant surgery involve?

A prosthetic device is used to alter and enhance the physical aspects of the breast during breast implant surgery. Apart from this, the surgery is done to restore a natural-looking breast after a mastectomy, to address congenital abnormalities and deformities of the chest wall, or to enhance the breast via breast augmentation surgery.

Breast implant surgery not only enhances physical features but is said to increase the level of confidence. For many, it’s a way to get rid of underlying diseases. However, the surgery is also associated with stereotypes and preconceived notions. One can find a lot of misinformation about breast implant surgeries, its expenses, long-term effects on health, and breast implant-related issues. Therefore, it’s very important for a person to know certain aspects
and to consider a few essential things before getting a breast implant.

Here are 4 things to consider before getting a breast implant surgery:

1. Discuss with the doctor

Even though one researches a lot on the internet and websites, it is not enough. Things will never get clear if a thorough discussion is not held with the surgeon. Before the appointment, it’s impossible to know what components of the procedure will be adjustable. It’s normal (and expected) to have a lot of unanswered questions when one goes for the first session. The surgeon should try to allay the fears, explain the facts, clarify technical words, and assist the individual in making key surgical decisions. One must have all the necessary details required to make a decision.

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Have a frank discussion with your doctor about the surgery. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Breast implant-associated risks

Breast implant surgery, if successful can add to one’s beauty, but it comes at a price. The risks associated with the surgery are rare yet fatal. If the individual is a breastfeeding mother, then it can be highly dangerous for the child at times. Apart from these, the uneven size additional surgery, and breast implant illness are other risks associated with breast implant surgery. Therefore, it’s very important for an individual to consider one’s health before seeking surgery. One must have a detailed checkup before the breast implant surgery takes place.

3. Know the recovery complications

Breast augmentation recovery isn’t as long or as difficult as some other plastic operations. However, it’s hardly a stroll in the park. The individual might feel uncomfortable, swollen, sore, or tight at various points during the healing. One may also be itchy, hot, or heavy. Fortunately, these symptoms are mainly common in the first three to five days after the treatment, after which patients report a significant increase in the level of comfort. Within a week or two, the majority of breast augmentation patients are back to work and to most daily activities.

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A breast implant surgery may not be the best idea for some women. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Patience and acceptance

A minor change in the body can bring a lot of changes around the individual. One gets comfortable living with a body for years and a sudden augmentation will make it feel uncomfortable for some time. Even the acceptance is hard at times. The individual has to get fitted bras, and include a lot of exercises followed by a change in the clothing pattern and style. During this period, one needs to have a high level of patience and faith in time to see the positive changes in and around the individual.

Apart from the above-mentioned things, one must consider thorough research, health check-ups, expenses, and changes. Breast implant surgeries might seem difficult but it can boost one’s confidence. But the individual must always consider essential aspects of the surgery.

For a healthy and aesthetic enhancement of beauty, it’s of utmost importance to consider and ponder on all the necessary details regarding breast implant surgery.

Dr Nanda Rajaneesh Dr Nanda Rajaneesh

Dr Nanda Rajaneesh, General and Laproscopic Surgeon, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Bangalore

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