Breast augmentation surgery has a high success rate, especially in the United States. However, it does not mean that there are no risks and complications anymore. Aside from these, there are also plenty of misconceptions and absurd tales that are being associated with the different kinds of cosmetic intervention. One of the weirdest misconceptions that I have heard from my patients is that if their breast implants are going to explode when they are on the plane flying at an altitude of 20, 000 feet.
In America, statistics show that 1 in every 26 women have breast implants. I asked my patients if they have watched news about breast implants exploding high up in the air. They haven’t. I haven’t, too. If that kind of thing happened, it would have been a headline, right?
When my patients are confused, I make sure that I can explain to them clearly how the breast implants are manufactured so that they’ll understand that this kind of thing is impossible to happen. The breast implants that are being used in cosmetic purposes are made of silicone with thick and durable shells. The shell that actually serves as the bag for the implant is also made of silicone. Only high-grade silicone that is approved by the FDA can be used for breast augmentation.
As time goes by, the implants are being subjected to innovation and development as well to ensure that there will be lesser risks and complications that will be associated with the surgery. The quality of implants today has been tested and they are designed to withstand trauma, mammogram, and other extreme conditions. If a patient takes care of herself properly and has been following the advice of the surgeon since the surgical intervention, the breast implants can last for a very long time!