10 Reasons Not to Get Cosmetic Breast Implants

Posted on August 27, 2013

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Or at least, read the information at these links if you’re thinking about it… and then decide if they are really worth it.

-  Many of the changes to your breast following implantation may be cosmetically undesirable and irreversible.  This can be exacerbated by breast changes due to pregnancy, age, or weight gain/loss.

-  The longer you have them, the more likely a complication will arise.  Complications include rupture, inflammation, hardening of the breast, rashes, asymmetry and wrinkling.

-  They are not lifetime devices.  The FDA notes that women should assume they will need more surgery after receiving implants.  Roughly 20% of patients have the implants removed within 10 years.

-  Removal of large implants without replacement can leave major deformity to the breast.  In other words: you can (and probably eventually will) have the implants removed, but you will never get your cute, perky, scar-free, fully sensate breasts back.  See a sample photo at the FDA website.   Yup, you can look forward to scarred, oddly numb, uneven droop-sacks.

-  The FDA says that women with silicone implants need MRIs every two years to screen for possible ruptures.  The MRIs are expensive and may not be covered by insurance.

-  Speaking of insurance, cosmetic breast implants are generally not covered by insurance; if you need follow-up surgery later, that also may not be covered by insurance; and merely having the implants may have an impact on your insurance rates.  Make sure you ask your insurance company these questions before you make your decision.

-  Breast cancer is 38% deadlier in women who have implants, perhaps because it is usually detected at a more advanced stage.

-  There is a possible association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

-  Self-esteem and confidence should come from within.  It is truly frightening that so many girls and women seem to need large breasts to feel “confident.”  I find it very odd that a woman would feel prettier and more confident with surgical scars, numbness, and chunks of plastic embedded in her body.  And… confident about what, exactly?  Being a sex object?  Oh, the implants aren’t about being a sex object?  Moving along to Reason Number 10…

-  As it turns out, a preference for large and very large breasts is significantly correlated with overt sexism, benevolent sexism, female objectification and hostile attitudes toward women.  Is that really the kind of attention you want to attract at such great cost to yourself?

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