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Is it safe to get breast augmentation?

36 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Kulick
Surgery - Plastics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Plastic Surgeon

Please see a board certified plastic surgeon when considering this.

In brief: Plastic Surgeon

Please see a board certified plastic surgeon when considering this.
Dr. Michael Kulick
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Dr. Matthew Schulman
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Safety of breast aug

There are risks with any procedure but when done by a board certified plastic surgeon using a board certified anesthesiologist in a fully accredited facility, the risks are low.
You should select and surgeon who is experienced and you should make sure that you have no medical problems that place you at higher risk.

In brief: Safety of breast aug

There are risks with any procedure but when done by a board certified plastic surgeon using a board certified anesthesiologist in a fully accredited facility, the risks are low.
You should select and surgeon who is experienced and you should make sure that you have no medical problems that place you at higher risk.
Dr. Matthew Schulman
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Dr. Gregory Buford
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Choose a good doc!

There is inherent risk in any procedure and breast augmentation is no different.
To minimize your surgical risks, you need to know how qualified your surgeon really is. Ask: 1. How many of these procedures they have performed 2. The most common complications they have seen 3. Their background and training all surgeons are not created equal...So choose your surgeon wisely!

In brief: Choose a good doc!

There is inherent risk in any procedure and breast augmentation is no different.
To minimize your surgical risks, you need to know how qualified your surgeon really is. Ask: 1. How many of these procedures they have performed 2. The most common complications they have seen 3. Their background and training all surgeons are not created equal...So choose your surgeon wisely!
Dr. Gregory Buford
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Dr. Payman Danielpour
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

Breast augmentation is a very safe, elective cosmetic procedure that is proven and straight forward.
As with all surgical procedures there are the usual risks however it is very safe and effective for the appropriate person.

In brief: Absolutely

Breast augmentation is a very safe, elective cosmetic procedure that is proven and straight forward.
As with all surgical procedures there are the usual risks however it is very safe and effective for the appropriate person.
Dr. Payman Danielpour
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Breast augmentation surgery is generally a very safe procedure as long as some guidelines are followed.
Seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate excellent safety history/record. Anesthesiology and surgery facility should also be considered. Both saline and silicone breast implants are “safe” but each have pros/cons associated with their use. Consultation helpful.

In brief: Yes.

Breast augmentation surgery is generally a very safe procedure as long as some guidelines are followed.
Seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate excellent safety history/record. Anesthesiology and surgery facility should also be considered. Both saline and silicone breast implants are “safe” but each have pros/cons associated with their use. Consultation helpful.
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Safe and Effective

Breast implants are the most researched implantable medical device, and rightly so as their placement is elective.
While breast implants can improve the quality of life, they are not life saving and so are held to a higher standard. After 50 years of use, both saline and silicone implants are deemed safe and effective by the us fda. Like any choice we have in life, they are not however perfect.

In brief: Safe and Effective

Breast implants are the most researched implantable medical device, and rightly so as their placement is elective.
While breast implants can improve the quality of life, they are not life saving and so are held to a higher standard. After 50 years of use, both saline and silicone implants are deemed safe and effective by the us fda. Like any choice we have in life, they are not however perfect.
Dr. Joseph Mele
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Dr. Hoang Nguyen
Cosmetic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: In General -- Yes

Many factors affect how safe a surgical procedure will be.
Patient factors are important. If you are young, healthy, without major medical problems, not morbidly obese, and do not smoke, surgery should be very safe. You should have a consultation with a surgeon who has a lot of experience with breast augmentation. Be advised that there is a high revision rate following breast augmentation.

In brief: In General -- Yes

Many factors affect how safe a surgical procedure will be.
Patient factors are important. If you are young, healthy, without major medical problems, not morbidly obese, and do not smoke, surgery should be very safe. You should have a consultation with a surgeon who has a lot of experience with breast augmentation. Be advised that there is a high revision rate following breast augmentation.
Dr. Hoang Nguyen
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4 comments
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Save your money and realize that larger breasts will not make you a better person. Tastes vary. Many people are more attracted to a person with small breasts.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
Greetings. Cosmetic or Plastic surgery is a personal choice. Many people choose to alter their appearance due to various reasons. Both medical and personal. Fortunately these procedures are safe as long as they are done by a board certified experienced surgeon. Many people have opinions as you can see but the final decision is yours. Happiness comes from within. Good Luck.
Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Breast Augmentation

Breast implant augmentation in general is a very safe and common procedure when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Here is a link regarding the safety of using a silicone implant: http://drnichter.Com/silicone-implants-toxic/.

In brief: Breast Augmentation

Breast implant augmentation in general is a very safe and common procedure when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Here is a link regarding the safety of using a silicone implant: http://drnichter.Com/silicone-implants-toxic/.
Dr. Larry Nichter
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Dr. Andres Taleisnik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Safe Procedure

Although breast implants do make mammography slightly more difficult, large studies have shown no difference in the size of breast tumors at the time of detection, the stage of breast cancer, or the survival rate between women with breast implants and those without implants.
Large studies have also shown no increased incidence of health problems related to implants, with very rare exceptions.

In brief: Safe Procedure

Although breast implants do make mammography slightly more difficult, large studies have shown no difference in the size of breast tumors at the time of detection, the stage of breast cancer, or the survival rate between women with breast implants and those without implants.
Large studies have also shown no increased incidence of health problems related to implants, with very rare exceptions.
Dr. Andres Taleisnik
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Safe to enhance

If there are no medical issues then the risk of elective surgery like breast augmentation is minimal.
Each type of implant whether it is saline, silicone gel or cohesive gel have their pros and cons but usually these become most relevant when considering a particular individual as some individuals are better suited to have one or the other implant. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon pre-surgery.

In brief: Safe to enhance

If there are no medical issues then the risk of elective surgery like breast augmentation is minimal.
Each type of implant whether it is saline, silicone gel or cohesive gel have their pros and cons but usually these become most relevant when considering a particular individual as some individuals are better suited to have one or the other implant. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon pre-surgery.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, Depends on you.

There are always risks to any procedure.
The most common include; bleeding, infection, and anesthesia complication. This is why one should seek out a board certified plastic surgeon. He/she will go over the risks and benefits. Breast implants are the most studied implantable devices in medicine. They are fda approved and 400+ peer reviewed studies show them to be safe and effective.

In brief: Yes, Depends on you.

There are always risks to any procedure.
The most common include; bleeding, infection, and anesthesia complication. This is why one should seek out a board certified plastic surgeon. He/she will go over the risks and benefits. Breast implants are the most studied implantable devices in medicine. They are fda approved and 400+ peer reviewed studies show them to be safe and effective.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Dr. Lara Devgan
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In general, yes

Breast augmentation is safe, commonly performed, and fulfilling for the right candidates.
All surgery has risks, though. Complications of breast augmentation include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, scarring, capsular contracture, implant failure or rupture, need for revision operation, decreased or altered sensation, possible changes in ability to breastfeed, and rarely alcl.

In brief: In general, yes

Breast augmentation is safe, commonly performed, and fulfilling for the right candidates.
All surgery has risks, though. Complications of breast augmentation include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, scarring, capsular contracture, implant failure or rupture, need for revision operation, decreased or altered sensation, possible changes in ability to breastfeed, and rarely alcl.
Dr. Lara Devgan
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

It definitely interferes withe self breast examination and therefore early detection of breast cancer by the patient, maybe not with radio graphic detection as much.

In brief: Depends

It definitely interferes withe self breast examination and therefore early detection of breast cancer by the patient, maybe not with radio graphic detection as much.
Dr. Marsha Davis
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3 comments
Dr. Greg Sexton
With an implant behind the muscle I do not think it interferes with self examination
Dr. Joseph Mele
A breast implant placed behind the muscle does not interfere with self examination, and it is very important that a breast augmentation patient continue with her routine monthly self exams.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: While all surgery...

Has risks, most women are very pleased with the breast augmentation procedure, and feel it was worth it.
Risks of surgery are the typical ones (bleeding, infection, anesthesia, scar) and the ones related to the implant (limited lifespan of implant, replacement, hardening, leakage). Best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if this is right for you.

In brief: While all surgery...

Has risks, most women are very pleased with the breast augmentation procedure, and feel it was worth it.
Risks of surgery are the typical ones (bleeding, infection, anesthesia, scar) and the ones related to the implant (limited lifespan of implant, replacement, hardening, leakage). Best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if this is right for you.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Anthony Brignoni
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Breast augmentation surgery is considered a fairly safe surgery.
Saying that it is still a surgery and there are some risk . Prior to any surgical procedure you will be asked to sign an inform consent form where the surgeon has explained to you the risk. Some risk are poor wound healing, kelloid formation, bleeding, capsular contraction, implant malposition etc. Brignonimd.Com.

In brief: Yes

Breast augmentation surgery is considered a fairly safe surgery.
Saying that it is still a surgery and there are some risk . Prior to any surgical procedure you will be asked to sign an inform consent form where the surgeon has explained to you the risk. Some risk are poor wound healing, kelloid formation, bleeding, capsular contraction, implant malposition etc. Brignonimd.Com.
Dr. Anthony Brignoni
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Dr. Stephen Greenberg
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Very Safe

Yes, it is very safe as long as it is done by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Doing research on your doctor is very important.

In brief: Very Safe

Yes, it is very safe as long as it is done by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Doing research on your doctor is very important.
Dr. Stephen Greenberg
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Dr. Joseph Minniti
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is safe in all women.
There are no level i studies that suggest otherwise. Mammograms can be negatively effected by implants, but mammograms are more negatively effected by breast tissue itself. This is why the us preventative service task force recommends baseline mammograms at 50.

In brief: Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is safe in all women.
There are no level i studies that suggest otherwise. Mammograms can be negatively effected by implants, but mammograms are more negatively effected by breast tissue itself. This is why the us preventative service task force recommends baseline mammograms at 50.
Dr. Joseph Minniti
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Bam

I don't neccessarily agree that breast augmentation interferes with breast surveillance.
http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2009/cosmetic-breast-implants-do-not-interfere-with-detecting-breast-cancer.html.

In brief: Bam

I don't neccessarily agree that breast augmentation interferes with breast surveillance.
http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2009/cosmetic-breast-implants-do-not-interfere-with-detecting-breast-cancer.html.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine

In brief: Not always

If you have a high personal risk for breast cancer then breast augmentation , depending especially on how you choose to augment might not be safe.
Breast augmentation can interfere with early breast cancer detection

In brief: Not always

If you have a high personal risk for breast cancer then breast augmentation , depending especially on how you choose to augment might not be safe.
Breast augmentation can interfere with early breast cancer detection
Dr. Marsha Davis
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1 comment
Dr. Marsha Davis
I should add that it depends on the type of augmentation .
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Yes. It is safe to get breast augmentation it has risks as do all surgeries but the majority are not life threatening.

In brief: Yes

Yes. It is safe to get breast augmentation it has risks as do all surgeries but the majority are not life threatening.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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