Frequently Asked Questions
With a wealth of confusing information and rumour having circulated about the use of breast implants and their level of safety, it is important that you feel confident in the knowledge that you are aware of the relevant facts.
What is capsular contracture
The most common complication connected to breast implant surgery, capsular contracture is where the membrane that grows around the implant, which usually cannot be felt or seen, behaves in a similar fashion to shrink wrap.
There are now breast implants available in Australia, at Ashbury Cosmetics that can reduce the risk of capsular contracture to roughly 1%.
Will my breast implants affect breast feeding?
There has been no evidence found to suggest that silicone implants can filter through to the breast milk and it remains possible for a woman to breast feed effectively and without difficulty after a breast implant has been placed, providing no surgical damage is made to the milk ducts (a risk most commonly associated with an areolar incision).
What is in a silicone implant?
Silicone is one of the most extensively used and researched materials of the past 50 years, in cosmetic, medical and nutritional industries. As such, it has been subject to consistent levels of testing to ensure its absolute level of safety.
Products in which silicone regularly occur include:
- Heart valves, suture materials and blood bags
- Puddings, cakes and soft drinks
- Body lotions and sun cream
- Bedding, clothing and tissues
- Baby-care products
Do breast implants cause issues with breast cancer
Breast implant surgery has shown no associated increase in the incidence of breast cancer and a woman’s ability to examine effectively or undergo mammograms is left possible although screening can prove more involved. It is advisable that you consult with your doctor as to the most effective way of self-examining your breast when checking for breast cancer, so that you are able to determine your implant from your natural tissue with greater clarity.
I am over forty - am I too old for breast surgery?
Age is not an issue when it comes to breast augmentation. It is the overall health of the person that counts most when considering suitability. Many women over the age of forty have had successful breast surgery.
What are the potential complications?
Ashbury Clinic has performed thousands of breast surgeries with minimal complications. However, any surgical operation involves the risk of complications or side effects. After-effects of the anaesthetic, infection of the wound, swelling, bleeding, pain, and healing problems in the recovery process may occur. These are all things for which you should be prepared.
In addition, specific complications may occur following the insertion of breast implants, including:
- Capsular contracture.
- Folds and wrinkling in the surface of the implant. This occurs with saline-filled implants in particular. The risk of folds and wrinkling is greater with this type of implant than with gel-filled implants.
- Displacement of the implant.
- Tissue necrosis i.e. the death of tissue, often due to insufficient blood supply to the area concerned.
- Interference with mammograms. Mammographic screening for breast cancer is more difficult in the presence of a silicone breast implant and may need extra attention from the radiologist.
Finally, it is important to remember that a breast implant, whatever it is filled with, is not necessarily in place for life. There are women who have had the same breast implants in place for over thirty years without problems, but there are also women who have had to have their implants replaced within a relatively short period of time. For these reasons, you should be aware that you may need to undergo surgery on your breasts again for reasons relating to your breast implants.