What You Need to Know

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Breast Reconstruction If you’re considering breast reconstruction after breast cancer treatment, it can be hard to know what questions to ask. The first question is one that you need to discuss with your oncologist, not with a plastic surgeon: Should I get a mastectomy or a lumpectomy?
Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and Reconstruction Experts now agree that women with breast implants are more likely to develop ALCL, a cancer of the immune system. Usually, this cancer develops in the scar tissue (capsule) that forms around a breast implant. If it’s not treated quickly, it can be fatal.
Autoimmune Concerns after Reconstructive Surgery Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved breast implants, they admitted that women using breast implants for reconstruction had more complications than healthy women with cosmetic breast implants, and that “studies would need to be larger and longer.”
Capsular Contracture After Reconstructive Surgery The most common complication of breast implants is capsular contracture. When you get breast implants, your body naturally responds by forming scar tissue around the implants. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue tightens around the breast implant, causing the implant to harden and become very painful.
Ruptured Implants After Reconstructive Surgery If a breast implant tears or develops a hole, it is called a rupture. Some ruptures happen during the first few months, but the older an implant is, the more likely it is to rupture. It’s not always obvious when an implant has ruptured. Here’s what you need to know.
The Costs of Revising or Removing Breast Implants Breast implant complications are common. Based on studies conducted by implant companies, the FDA concluded that between 20-40% of augmentation patients required at least one additional implant surgery within 8-10 years1. These revision surgeries often cost as much as the initial surgery, if not more. Revision surgeries might involve replacing implants or correcting the visual […]
Autoimmune Symptoms and Breast Implants Although well-designed large, long-term studies are lacking, women with implants and autoimmune symptoms have reported for decades that their symptoms improved when their implants were removed.
The Costs of Getting Breast Implants If you are thinking about getting breast implants, you should be fully aware of the initial and ongoing costs. In 2016, the average plastic surgeon’s fee for breast augmentation surgery was $3,7191. In total, the surgery usually costs between $5,000 to $8,000.
Rupture If a breast implant tears or develops a hole, it is called a rupture. Some ruptures happen during the first few months, but the older an implant is, the more likely it is to rupture. It’s not always obvious when an implant has ruptured. Here’s what you need to know.
Capsular Contracture The most common complication of breast implants is capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue tightens around the breast implant. This can cause the implant to harden and become very painful.