TODAY SHOW March 27:
Ample cleavage is all the rage these days, as we saw at the Academy Awards. Some women come by it naturally, but for those who don't, there is the option of cosmetic surgery. It's a procedure that more than 130,000 women underwent last year, but how safe are implants? On NBC's "Today" show, Dr. Judith Reichman discusses the health implications of breast augmentation. Read some of her thoughts below.
SINCE 1992, there has been a 300 percent increase in the number of breast augmentations each year, yet, as Dr. Reichman says, few cosmetic surgeries have come under such recent medical, commercial, and legal scrutiny.
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are two different breast implants:
Silicone (gel) implant. Before they were banned in 1992, this was the type of implant that many women preferred because it gave a natural, softer look. It was the implant of choice until reports of a possible link to autoimmune diseases, as well as other medical problems, were suspected to occur, especially if the implant leaked.
Although silicone implants have been banned for cosmetic use, they can be used under certain circumstances such as if a woman has had a failed saline implant or has experienced complications from a saline implant.
Silicone gel implants are allowed to be used for breast reconstruction or implant replacement. They are also approved for treatment of severe sagging, as long as a "lift" is done at the same time.
Saline implant?Of the 130,000 women who had breast augmentation last year, most of those implants were saline. Saline implants contain physiologic salt water encased in a silicone shell. The shell is considered safe and its components don't leak into a woman's body.
The patient will spend the first three days at
home, participating in no activities. This is a critical time
because hemorrhaging can occur, and the implant can also slip.
During the next two weeks, the patient can gradually increase activity.
In general, if the implant is inserted under the muscle, it can take about six weeks to fully recover.
Each implant can range in price from $600 to $1,300, not including operating room fees, anesthesiologist fees, etc. A fee of $3,500 for the procedure is on the low end $5,000 is more likely. But in Los Angeles, it costs from $8,000 to $10,000, and in New York, the surgeon's fee is $4,417 not including all of the other fees which can make it somewhere around $8,000.
Sixty percent of women are aged 19-34. Thirty-five percent are aged 35-50.