There’s something about a woman’s curves that instills confidence, and is pleasing to the eye. So pleasing, that for ages women have stuffed their brassieres with uncomfortable pads just to notch up their confidence and attract attention. Women who are less endowed seek solutions to this problem, because size DOES matter. A breast augmentation surgery is the modern day solution that is touted to be permanent, affordable and convenient. Really?

Before you decide to go in for breast implants, you should acquaint yourself with the problems that you may have to face, as a result of this surgery. So Memsab has put together a list of expected pitfalls associated with a “boob job”. Here goes…

Toxic Shock Syndrome: TSS may be caused due to the toxins produced by bacteria like Staphylococcus. High fever and a reduction in normal blood pressure are indications of TSS. Other early signs of TSS are itchy skin rashes. Though TSS is largely associated with tampons, breast augmentation surgery may also lead to TSS.

Infection: Like any other surgery, post operative infection is a big risk. If the patient contracts infection, it may lead to swelling, pain and tenderness, besides fever and skin irritation on the breast. If the situation is not controllable with drugs, the implants may have to be removed till the wounds heal completely.

Capsular Contracture: Sometimes, a capsule of scar tissue may be formed around the implant. This causes causing hardening and deformation of the breast, and is painful. To mend matters, the scar capsule may be removed surgically. But there is no guarantee that the scar capsule will not be formed again.

Scars: A permanent scar may be formed as a result of the surgery. The possibility depends on the skills of the surgeon and the tendency for keloid scarring in the patient. However, scars can leave deep psychological impact and rob the patient of her confidence.

Anesthesia: It is always risky to go under the knife because there are risks associated with anesthesia. The risks vary from person to person and also depend on chronic conditions. Anesthesia may result in blood pressure changes, heart rate changes, allergic reaction, or even death in some cases.

Bleeding: There may be post-operative bleeding into the implant pocket. This will lead to swelling, bruising and pain. To fix this problem, the surgeon will have to remove the implant, identify the bleeding source, suture it and reinsert the implant.

Asymmetry: Sometimes the implants may shift from their position. A little movement to the side, upwards or downwards can lead to an asymmetric appearance. It may also lead to a change in the position of the nipple.

Deflating: The implant may rupture or leak out of its container. This will lead to the deflation of the breast. So correct this situation, another surgery will have to be performed.

Research shows that 25-40% of all breast augmentation surgery patients will require further surgery for various reasons listed above. This means that you need extra insurance cover, or a lot of money to be able to afford it. Are all these risks (and the truckload of money required) really worth it? Think about it gal!

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