Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about Breast Surgery. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
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Safety of Silicone
Special studies have been done and have determined that much higher levels of silicone have been found in cows’ milk and commercially available infant formula than are found in the breast milk of women with implants. The Institute of Medicine concluded that “There is no evidence that silicone implants are responsible for any major diseases of the whole body. Women are exposed to silicone constantly in their daily lives” www.nap.edu.
Rarely, an implant will rupture or leak. The effect of silicone-gel leaking into the body is still being researched, although modern advancements in breast implant technology have come a long way in minimizing the potential side effects of any rupture or leakage. If a silicone implant ruptures, the new cohesive gel should remain within the outer shell and not harm your body. It is hard to detect a rupture so an ultrasound may be necessary if suspected.
Other possible complications from breast implant surgery may include blood clotting or pooling (haematoma), overly sensitive breasts or loss of sensation in the breasts, and capsular contracture (a hardening of the tissues surrounding the implant). Our expert team is dedicated to making your operation a smooth one. We take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications.
As a general rule, if a particular motion causes you pain or discomfort, then you should refrain from that motion until you feel comfortable with it. Plan in advance before your operation so that strenuous activities can be minimized after your operation. Arrange for friends or family to help with taking care of children or running errands around the house for the first two weeks if you can. We recommend that you refrain from vigorous exercise (eg. aerobics, jogging) until all the bruising has disappeared and the tenderness has gone, usually two to three weeks following your procedure. Walkin is generally recommended to encourage circulation. You should wear good support bras while running to minimize pull on the skin and droopingof the breast. The average time to return to full activites is four to six weeks.
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