I have been doing some reading, after talking with a young woman that I know has been having all kinds of issues over the last few years. After a lot of doctors visits she found out it is all caused by her implants. And I have had a lot of the same issues as she has since I got my implants. So, it started me to thinking…you need to write a blog about it.
I read in article written that in 2009, that in 2008 more than 300,000 women and teenagers (no one under 21 should end be allowed to voluntarily get implants) underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged with silicone or saline implants. And almost 80,000 breast cancer patients had reconstruction after mastectomy, most often with implants. More than 40,000 implant removal procedures were also reported in 2008.
About 22,000 implants were removed because of problems in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). But that hasn’t put a crimp in women’s desire for them. That same year, there were nearly 300,000 breast augmentation procedures, up 39% from 2000. About a third, or 93,000, were reconstructions for cancer patients. Consequently, the majority of women don’t realize that a few years after the procedure, they may need to have their implants removed. Additionally, they are unaware that removal costs at least as much as implantation.
In April of 2019, the FDA declined to ban a form of textured breast implants linked to a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. In a statement, the FDA said the implants, which have been banned in many other countries, pose a low risk, and that more data is needed to justify their ban.
In the same statement, however, the FDA acknowledged that some women with breast implants may experience “breast implant illness,” a condition associated with symptoms like chronic fatigue, pain, cognitive and immune problems.
Now I agree, a breast cancer survivor (myself being one) is justified in wanting her disfigured body restored to symmetry and wholeness. But does she really want to risk another cancer and more surgeries? And what about healthy women who go under the knife willingly?
I did my research, and felt like I chose the safest option at the time, which was silicone gel implants in May 2016. My surgeon told me they’d fixed all the issues they had back in the ’90s, and these were FDA-approved, and he explain what complications were possible. I had the implants placed to correct asymmetry after my bilateral mastectomy.
Stop, take a breath and understand the real risks and the possible complications. Get educated. Get smart. Look before you leap. Find a doctor who will tell you the truth about complications. Know that you are suppose to have MRI’s every 2.5 – 3 years to check for ruptures, because silicone will shape shift. Saline when ruptured go flat. And that they should be replaced every 10 years or sooner.
Take a look at the list below and decide if you would let someone you love take these risks with their health … just to have a bigger boobs … What price are women willing to pay? Why are women so unhappy with their breasts? Do we really think we will be loved more if we have a bigger bra size? Maybe men could let us know how lovely small breasts really are. Hey guys … step up to and save some women’s lives. Tell us we are beautiful and you love us with any size breasts and that you would rather have us healthy than sick, alive, not dead.
Additionally, it is harder to breastfeed (if at all), and harder to detect breast cancer. Conscientious women having regular breast cancer screenings have had their implants rupture from the pressure of a mammogram.
Within the first three years, approximately three out of four reconstruction (breast cancer) patients and almost half of first-time augmentation patients experienced at least one local complication — such as pain, infection, hardening, or the need for additional surgery.
All breast implants will eventually break, but it is not known how many years the breast implants that are currently on the market will last. Studies of silicone breast implants suggest that most implants last 7-12 years, but some break during the first few months or years, while others last more than 15 years.
In a study conducted by FDA scientists, most women had at least one broken implant within 11 years, and the likelihood of rupture increases every year. Silicone-7 migrated outside of the breast capsule for 21 percent of the women, even though most women were unaware that this had happened.
Don’t forget the financial burden and increased health insurance costs that go with multiple surgeries and medical complications. In some cases the surgery to remove implants can be like a mastectomy, complete removal of the breast tissue and sometimes the muscle underneath.
Additionally, quality of life is greatly compromised if you have chronic health problems as a result of complications from implants.
Take Home Lesson One: There are serious life threatening and life altering short term and long term health, cosmetic and economic risks associated with breast implants.
Take Home Lesson Two: Consider loving the body Mother Nature gave you rather than playing Russian Roulette with your health and your life.
The FDA has a consumer handbook with descriptions of common complications as well as photographs
For a less scholarly and much more disturbing discussion complete with photos 48 Reasons Not to Get A Boob Job.
Now, about my journey since getting the implants. They looked great. And I was very healthy at the time. I work out and eat fairly good. But within a few months, I started experiencing fatigue, some rashes, some constipation, flip flopping with diarrhea, and some other inflammation issues. I started gaining some weight, even though I hadn’t changed my lifestyle…other than the Tamoxifen.
My next appointment with my oncologist will include a discussion about these implants and the Tamoxifen…because both could be causing these issues I have and not just the Tamoxifen.