Since the worldwide health scare surrounding the French-made PIP breast implants, some women may be a little weary of getting the procedure done, and you should be. The good news is that poor implants are as avoidable as the common cold if you take the proper precautions. Breast augmentation continues to be the number-one plastic surgery procedure across the world, which is why it is important you consider these tips to protect yourself.
The first thing you need to know, is that the PIP implants were not FDA approved, and nor were they sold in the United States. The women in the US who are having problems, received them outside of the US. It is perfectly safe to get implants in other countries. However, it is important to make sure that your plastic surgeon is board-certified, and a member of either a national or international association, such as the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons or the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). These associations have a strict application process, which ensures your doctor has the proper qualifications, and uses the accepted products and techniques as prescribed by these associations.
In addition to the qualifications of the surgeon, it is important to know that the implants being used are safe. The PIP implants were being claimed as the newest and greatest thing, yet they were not FDA approved. The FDA has officially ruled silicone breast plants as safe. However, it is up to you to investigate your implants, to ensure they have been sanctioned for medical use.
What to Do if You Are Worried About Your Current Implants?
If you have already had breast augmentation surgery, and are unsure of the brand, the first thing you need to do is to check your implant ID card. This should have been given to you after surgery, and features information about the brand, size, and batch number. If you did not receive a card, you can call your plastic surgeon, and they should have that information on file.
If you have the PIP implants, don’t panic; you have two options. You can either follow up with regular yearly examinations to make sure they have not ruptured, or you can have them removed and replaced. Based on recent studies, there is no connection with silicone leakage and an increase of cancer. The most common symptom is inflammation. However, in many cases, a small leak will have no symptoms, which is why it is important to get your yearly examination.
You can help keep breast implants safe for everyone by following these tips. If all plastic surgeons that used improper techniques and products were scrutinized to the point of losing business, eventually the only ones remaining would be credible. Don’t be tempted by incentives or special deals. Make sure your surgeon is certified to give you the kind of satisfying and trouble-free results you deserve!