Some things which offer real benefits can be assumed to be completely bad if you don’t have the right information about them. This is the case with breast augmentation surgery, which some people consider totally bad, based on some mistaken assumptions.
Here are some of the issues that led to the mistaken assumptions that breast implants are bad.
1. Faulty History of Breast Implants
Modern augmentation surgery utilizes high quality, double-layered silicone implants, which are less likely to rupture or allow diffusion of the internal gel through the implant. However, due to the past history of inadequately designed implants, some people still assume that modern versions are just as prone to rupture as older models.
So, what happened in the past? Well, the Therapeutic Goods Administration records how the first generation implants were developed to offer plastic surgery options to women undergoing mastectomy or congenital deformity correction. These original implants were made with a thick, single-layered, silicone rubber envelope enclosing a silicone gel. However, in a bid to increase fluidity of implants, the silicone rubber envelope in second generation versions was made thinner. Since it was a thin, single-layered envelope, it was more prone to rupture as well as diffusion of the contained gel through the envelope.
Understandably, people who may have had the experience of using such early breast implant versions would have a negative perception of augmentation surgery. This perception is also likely to spread as people share their experiences.
The design of modern breast implants makes it much less prone to rupture, as well as diffusion of the silicone gel through the implant, while still maintaining its fluidity. This is possible because of its double-layered silicone envelope and thicker silicone gel.
2. Improper Care of Implants
In some instances, people may have negative experiences with breast implants, not due to the implants being faulty, but due to improper care or misinformation.
This is evident in the early adoption of augmentation surgery during the 1970s and 1980s. During these years, many women sought cosmetic augmentation surgery on their breasts. Although most of them were satisfied with the operation, having felt improved self-confidence and self-image, they were not properly informed about the requirements for proper maintenance of their implants or likely risks.
Being ignorant of the proper maintenance, such women would forgo regular examinations and ongoing care, especially since they assumed the implants would last for a lifetime. Predictably, going without proper maintenance would lead to complications as the implants age, turning the previously positive experiences into negative ones.
When properly cared for, you have a much greater chance of your implant lasting for a long time without any complications. Hence, if you hear any negative sentiment about breast implants, it would be wise to first find out whether it may be due to a negative experience caused by improper care after surgery.
As you can see, some of the negative sentiments about breast implants may be due to mistaken assumptions or even completely unfounded. It’s best to find out exactly what the operation entails and everything regarding it from a professional, instead of relying on hearsay.