Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TGNEWS to 80360 or you can email us Click here for details »
11:45am Tuesday 9th February 2010 in health
Is breast enlargement surgery safe?
While many women feel insecure about the size or shape of their breasts, they may dismiss breast enlargement surgery as an option because of the horror stories they’ve heard about silicone leakage and an increased risk of breast cancer. While it is safer and more advisable to stay natural, breast enlargement is a far safer procedure than many believe it to be. Thanks to modern medicine, if the size of your breasts makes you feel self conscience, you can do something about it without putting your health at risk.
There are two basic types of breast implants for enlargements: saline implants and silicone implants. Saline implants are safer as they are filled with sterile salt water and if they leak, the solution is harmlessly absorbed in the body. Silicone implants are the preferred type of breast implantation as they feel and look more natural than the saline implants. While many people debate the safety of silicone implants, various medical studies have proven their safety and refuted claims that they increase the risk of breast cancer and autoimmune disease.
You can still choose to breast feed after you’ve had breast enlargement surgery but it’s advisable to inform your surgeon if you intend to breast feed after the procedure, so that necessary precautions can be taken. You should also make your sonographers aware of your implants, so that they can find the best method of breast screening.
The average recovery time for breast enlargement is one week.