Breast Implant News

Breast implants are devices that are surgically inserted into the body under the breast tissue or muscles of the chest. Implants are sometimes used to reconstruct a breast after removal because of breast cancer or after an injury. Other times, implants are a cosmetic treatment that's used to enhance or enlarge the breasts.

More About Breast Implants

Two types of breast implants can legally be used in the United States. One is a silicone outer shell that's filled with a silicone gel, and the other also has a silicone outer shell but a saline solution inside. Both types of breast implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A decision on which type of implant should be used can be determined through close consultation between the patient and a cosmetic surgeon.

Breast implants require a surgical procedure. This is typically performed by a cosmetic surgeon in a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital. The procedure can be performed using a local anesthetic to numb the breast area or general anesthetic to make the patient unconscious during the procedure.

Risks of Breast Implants

Breast implants do carry some risks, so it’s important for women to be aware of these before having the surgery. For example, complications such as pain and tenderness will occur for a month or more after the surgery. Additional surgeries might be necessary, and patients will need to monitor the breasts closely to look for any changes. With silicone implants, ruptures can occur, and women will need their breasts examined frequently to check for ruptures. Having breast implants can also make it more difficult to detect breast cancer with a mammogram, and they also increase the risk for a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. It’s important to weigh the benefits against these risks before getting breast implants.

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

Researchers say many doctors and patients may be unaware of the risk

With Nips, Tucks and Fat Transplants, Americans are Reshaping Their Bodies

Cosmetic procedures are on the rise and patients aren't shy about what they're tweaking, study finds

Breast Reconstruction Worthwhile for Older Women: Study

They had no greater risk of complications, benefited as much as younger breast cancer patients

Delaying Breast Reconstruction After Cancer May Raise Patients' Anxiety

Coordinating surgeries might reduce levels of distress after mastectomy for breast cancer, researchers say

Study: Trained Experts Can Spot Breast Cancer in 'Blink of an Eye'

Skilled radiologists see abnormalities immediately, and researchers want to learn how they do it

CDC Warns of Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic

Report details cases of U.S. women who developed disfiguring infections after procedures there

New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

Leading ob/gyn group says growing interest in procedures prompted recommendations

Jury Still Out on Silicone Breast Implant Safety

Latest analysis finds inconclusive evidence for any link to health risks

Breast Reconstruction Often Involves Multiple Operations

Study finds most breast cancer patients will need two or more procedures to complete process

More Women Having Reconstruction Surgery After Breast Cancer Treatment

Study finds notable rise in number of women once considered at high risk for the procedure

Necks, Butts Growth Areas for U.S. Plastic Surgeons

More than 15 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures performed in 2013

Obesity, Smoking Might Threaten Implants After Mastectomy

Doctors should counsel patients about the risks, researcher says

Breast-Feeding After Implants Won't Cause Sagging, Study Finds

Any changes result from pregnancy, not nursing, doctors say

Do Breast Implants Boost Women's Sex Lives?

Small study suggests they might, but critic says other factors may be at work

New Silicone Breast Implants Approved

MemoryShape OK'd for augmentation in women 22 and older

Implants May Delay Breast Cancer Detection, Raise Death Risk

Study found one-fourth higher odds of being diagnosed with later-stage disease

Before Deciding on Breast Implants, Consider FDA Precautions

First, realize that future surgeries are likely, agency says

As Economy Rebounds, More Folks Try Turning Back Hands of Time

Report on cosmetic procedures finds Botox, fillers, chemical peels and laser hair removal topped the list last year

New Silicone Breast Implant Approved

The third such implant sanctioned in the U.S.

Obese Women Face Higher Complication Risk After Breast Surgery

Post-op inflammation is 20 times more likely than in non-obese women, study finds

Why Many With Breast Implants Fail at Breast-Feeding

Women who think it will make their breasts look worse unlikely to nurse successfully, study says

FDA: Silicone Breast Implants to Remain on Market

Agency says it will work with manufacturers to improve monitoring of women who get the devices

FDA Focuses on Silicone Breast Implant Safety Studies

Agency asking advisers to devise ways to gather better data on 'real-world' safety and performance

Study: Implants Affect Breast Cancer Diagnosis But Not Survival

It found higher rate of false negatives, cancer that had spread to lymph nodes among women with implants