Safety of Breast Implants Sparks Fiery Debate

In response to Dr. Michael Zenn's recent comments on the New York Times blog that deemed silicone and saline implants were 'equally safe', hundreds of women across the country posted back fiery comments and blogged about their own experiences with breast implants - shedding light on the dark side of breast augmentation.

Breast implant safety has been an ongoing concern after the FDA lifted its ban on silicone implants and the procedure became readily available at plastic surgery centers across the country. Breast augmentation and breast enhancement continue to be the leading procedures for women in the U.S., accounting for nearly 400,000 surgical cosmetic procedures in 2007 alone.

Still, silicone and saline breast implants do run several health risks and require a replacement or adjustment at least once every 10 years. Common problems with breast implants include ruptures, pain, muscle soreness and tenderness; regular checkups with a physician or plastic surgeon may also be required to ensure that the the breasts stay in good health.

Many patients unwittingly choose breast implants after considering breast lift surgery, a milder form of the procedure that does not require the insertion of saline or silicone. Breast lift surgery is designed to lift and recontour existing skin, but as Beauty and the Breast reports, many women are 'sold' on the idea of breast implants after having a consultation with their plastic surgeon.

Breast implants do present several risks and drawbacks, and sometimes consulting with a plastic surgeon isn't enough. Researching the procedure and learning about other people's experiences may help many women make the most informed decision.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.