Thinking about a breast augmentation…would like some info. about possible risks associated with breast implants and breast implant surgery. Can implants really “poison” you if they leak? Thx

A: risks of breast implants

Breast implants themselves, either saline or silicone, pose no health risks to your body-even if they rupture.  There has been significant research and studies performed on this topic over the last several decades and the FDA has approved both saline and silicone gel implants for cosmetic breast augmentation.  The implants do not last a lifetime and you will likely require another surgery in the future.  The implants can become infected, which is extremely rare. The implants can rupture, which is in the 1-10% range over ten years depending on silicone vs. saline. The implants can develop capsular contracture, which is a hard type of scar tissue which forms around the implant, sometimes causing painful symptoms requiring their replacement.

You should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for a more comprehensive review of all the risks pertaining to breast implants and the surgery itself.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno