Breast Implants have been a hot topic in the news recently. It must be noted that the majority of patients do not have concerns with their implants and that all procedures or operations do have complications that are possible and breast implants are no different.
At Absolute, we have performed the 14 Point Plan for many years and our rate of capsular contraction is very low, at .1%. The average rate of capsular contraction is 2-3% and in some clinics up to 20%, especially those that are doing it under time and financial restraints. It must always be remembered that when you get a cheap deal in a production line type clinic, then corners may be cut to provide this cheap deal.
So what does the 14 Point Plan entail? The aim is to not touch the implant at all and make sure that the pocket is as sterile as possible when the implant is being placed into the tissue. Using intravenous antibiotics at the time of surgery and washing the implant in these plus an antiseptic such as Betadine is a key component.
Not inserting the implant via the axilla or areola region avoids more external bacterial contamination. Using nipple shields also assists with excluding bacteria. Performing meticulous haemostasis, avoiding cutting into the breast tissue and placing the implant subfascial or dual plane. We use a sleeve to avoid contamination with the skin and new instruments for insertion of the implant. Lastly, preventing the implant being exposed to the atmosphere meaning the insertion is expedited.
You must remember that complications do occur in any surgery and breast implant insertion is a form of surgery that should be taken seriously. Revision surgery and breast lifts may be needed in some patient, plus the complete avoidance of capsular contraction is impossible as the exact cause is not known. Breast implant associated lymphoma is a very rare condition which is linked to some brands of rough textured implants. Good aftercare is extremely important for monitoring these conditions. BII has been thoroughly assessed in our practice, and we do not have a true case to date. Breast Implant Illness should not be confused with capsular contraction, leakage of implants or infection. Good quality implants are made to a high standard and the possibility of toxic exposure to chemicals is negligible. When assessing concerns for this, you must always consider family history and other health concerns not just the implant. If depression or Rheumatoid disease run in the family and especially in relation to family members without implants, then the case is more likely to be genetic, although more study is needed in this field.
For an assessment of any concerns or more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 New You, and book in a consultation with Dr Murray.