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Advice from Dr. Stanwix – Breast Implants – Yes or No?

Advice from Dr. Stanwix – Breast Implants – Yes or No?
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Dear Dr. Stanwix,

I am contemplating getting breast implants. I always thought that having cosmetic operations was stupid and an insult to women. However, after having breastfed my three children and with the law of gravity and age taking their toll, I am beginning to think it is not such a bad idea.

My husband seems to think it is a great idea. In fact, he keeps bringing it up any opportunity he gets.  However, I suspect he has ulterior motives.

Do you have any objective advice you can give me on this subject?

Sincerely,

Sagging in Indecision

 

Dear Sagging in Indecision,

Your husband seems to be keen on the aesthetic aspects of such a surgical intervention.  However, it doesn’t seem that he is considering the discomfort you may experience as a result of having breast augmentation surgery. Does he also realize the psychological pressure and the possible physical danger he is putting on you by pushing you into having such an operation?

You may want to ask him if he would be willing to undergo penis enlargement surgery. This might give him pause and make him reflect on what he wants you to go through.

Still, if you are both interested in researching the possibilities, you should do so together. There is at last a good deal of information out there that gives us a better idea of the problems women are having with breast implants.

There are a good many local complications that women go through. Some local complications are infection, chronic breast pain, numbness in the nipple and breast area, leakage and breakage. In the worst case scenario some of these procedures may even result in necrosis which is the death of skin in this area. At least half the women who receive breast implants have one of these complications. Most of them can be corrected with additional surgical interventions.

Another thing you and your husband need to consider is that while it might be a big arousal boost for your husband, breast implants can reduce feeling in the breasts and nipples and even interfere with sexual intimacy. There may also be psychological problems where you blame your husband for encouraging you to undergo such a procedure.

You must also consider the cost of such an operation. This is not a one-time deal. Even without complications, you will still need to get new implants every ten to twelve years. In some cases, you may need to get them earlier. The FDA also recommends that you get an MRI every three years to check for any complications. The additional costs and discomfort may not be worth the initial investment.

There are also long-term complications that may require additional operations. There is some research that indicates that breast implants (especial silicone gel implants) have an effect on concentration. This results from leakage of the silicone into other areas of the body. If you have any of these complications, you may need to have your implants removed. The result will be far less aesthetically pleasing than if you never had the surgery in the first place.

If what you are looking for is to firm up and raise your breasts a bit higher, you may want to consider a breast lift rather than implants. This is a procedure that uses breast tissue that you already have and relocates it so your breasts retain that youthful look you had before breastfeeding and gravity took their toll. This is a procedure gaining in popularity among many middle-aged women who are in your same situation.

Make no mistake about it, there is still surgery involved; however, it doesn’t not require that you have silicone or saline implants, and you will not have complications or the level of discomfort that you would have with implants.

To sum up, I think the best thing you can do as a couple is to research these possibilities together. You need to understand the types of procedures out there and the ramifications of each. When your husband reads what women who have implants have to go through, he may very well change his tune. If he doesn’t, then I think you should opt for a new husband, not a pair of new breasts.

(Note: Please be advised that I am not a medical doctor and my advice is more about how your relationship with your husband has led you down this path and the things you should know about these types of procedures. If you have any serious questions about either of these procedures, I ask that you consult your physician.)

Best of luck,

Dr. Michael Stanwix #Dr.Stanwix

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