In this YouTube video, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration looks at breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation involves manipulating the size of breasts using surgery.
Breast implants come with smooth and textured surfaces and are most commonly filled with saline or silicone. A qualified doctor can help a patient choose between the different types. All breast implant types have considerations that should be evaluated:
- Breast implants are not lifetime solutions and may require more than one surgery.
- Only qualified, licensed surgeons should perform this procedure. A patient should ask about what will happen before, during, and after the surgery, including obtaining specifics on how the implant will be inserted.
- Patients should become familiar with the typical risks of implants, which may include: more surgery not covered by insurance, collapsing of the implant, breast pain, changes in sensitivity, and rupturing of the implant.
- Patients should fully understand the long-term risk of breast implants, including specific types of cancer, fatigue, brain fog, difficulty breastfeeding, and other symptoms.
A patient should ask their doctor to discuss all the information found in the manufacturing labels for the chosen implants and how to monitor the implants at home.