Misconceptions about breast prostheses

Breast atrophy is defined as the absence or scarcity of breasts in women. It can be completely hereditary, or it can develop later due to hormonal changes or excessive weight loss after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Currently, the only treatment for small or absent breasts is surgery, referred to as ‘breast augmentation’ surgery. Generally, breast prostheses are used. Since I have seen in the patient interviews that there are misinformation about breast prostheses that are taken for granted by the society, I will briefly touch upon these.

Breast augmentation surgeries are one of the most frequently performed aesthetic surgical procedures all over the world. One of the most frequently asked questions by patients is is there any harm? The answer to this question has changed recently. Previously, we could easily say NO, but recently, with the emergence of a type of prosthesis-related cancer, our answer has been both YES and NO.

First of all, this is a NOT breast cancer. Since the body perceives the prosthesis as a foreign name after prosthetic surgery, a tissue forms around it and this is called a capsule. It is a capsule-derived cancer that develops around the prosthesis. BREAST PROSTHESIS RELATED ANAPLASTIC LARGE CELL LYMPHOMA (BIA-ALCL) is called. It is seen on average 4-8 years after the operation and usually causes complaints such as unilateral breast enlargement and pain, and rarely asymmetry, redness, mass stiffness. The treatment is the removal of the prosthesis and this capsule formed around it. In advanced cases, chemotherapy or radiotherapy may be required. To date, more than 20 million breast prosthesis surgeries have been performed worldwide, and the average number of patients diagnosed with BIA-ALCL is 573. In other words, its incidence is very low (0.0028%), but it is a disease that should be taken seriously. The important thing here is that you have this information before the surgery and make sure that you are properly informed.

Well, the question that comes to mind after this information is ‘ breast augmentation surgery with prosthesis is no longer performed?’ or ‘what should I do?’ is happening. REPLY; One of the most common aesthetic surgery operations in the world is still breast augmentation with prosthesis, and breast prostheses are still the first choice for breast augmentation surgeries. The important thing is to examine yourself from time to time and to have your annual check-ups. Do not neglect to consult your doctor in case of any difference or negativity.

One of the most common questions or fears about breast prostheses ‘what if it explodes?’. Today, the covers of breast prostheses have a very solid structure and there is no possibility of explosion unless they come into contact with a sharp object. Nothing happens by lying on it, falling or hitting something.

Another issue is should it change after 10 years? Breast prostheses do not have a lifespan. However, some deformations may occur over the years and this varies according to the person. For example, after you had breast augmentation surgery at the age of 20, you got married, gave birth, lost weight, changed your body and breasts, and you decided to have the surgery. It is recommended to replace your prosthesis during such surgery.

Do breast prostheses have a guarantee? Both yes and no. After breast prosthesis surgery, you should be given a card stating which prosthesis brand and size are given to you by your doctor. The serial number of the prosthesis is also available here, and if there is a problem with the prosthesis, the first question to be asked is whether you have this card. The information here shows what the prosthesis is and the company is informed. However, this does not mean that in case of any problem, you can re-operate free of charge with this card. These identification cards are actually given for your protection and show you that the prosthesis used is original.

Breast surgery is one of the aesthetic surgeries with the highest patient satisfaction among plastic surgery surgeries. The important thing is to make sure that you get the right information from the experts, not from hearsay.

It is thought that plastic surgeries are not performed for any health reasons and are perceived as ‘simple’. However, the fact that the word ‘Aesthetics’ is mentioned in the operation does not change the fact that it is an operation and is actually done for therapeutic purposes.

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