female breast has long been recognized as a potent symbol of femininity.
Through the centuries, a lot of effort has been made by the makers of
brassieres, corsets, swimsuits and other women's apparel, to enhance
the size and appearance of the breasts. Women have also had their breasts
injected with various substances, such as silicone oil, paraffin, and
fat, all of which are ineffective.
More than one million women around the world have undergone breast implant
surgery over the past 30 years. For women considering breast augmentation,
the paramount question still being asked is: "Are breast implants
1992, there have been more than 20 important studies that were undertaken
to determine whether breast implants cause breast cancer or connective
tissue disorders (CTD) such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and
systemic lupus. The overwhelming consensus of researchers is that there
is NO scientific proof that breast implants cause breast cancer or CTD.
There was no association found between breast implants and the aforementioned
diseases. The conclusions of these scientific studies have been supported
by prestigious medical groups, such as the American Cancer Society,
American Medical Association, American College of Rheumatology, and
the British Department of Health.
The major concern regarding breast implants has to do with local complications,
such as capsular contracture and implant rupture. Capsular contracture
refers to the unnatural firmness of the breast caused by tightening
of scar tissue around the implant, occurring in 5 to 10% of patients.
Despite these concerns, many women decide to undergo breast augmentation
to improve their appearance and improve the way they feel about themselves.
After the surgery, almost all report an increase in self-confidence.
It is very important that patients exercise care in selecting a surgeon.
It is best to choose a surgeon who has had specialized training and
experience in plastic surgery to help them properly evaluate the risks
versus the benefits of breast augmentation surgery.