How Safe is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. As a result, techniques have been considerably refined and are now routine. Yet one of the first questions asked by many women at their initial consultation is, “How safe is breast augmentation?”

For many women, this question refers specifically to the safety of silicone breast implants. It has long been established that saline breast implants are very safe. The saline solution used to fill the implant is perfectly safe for the human body, and in the event of a rupture, it gets absorbed without any side effects. However, greater questions have surrounded silicone implants. In 1992, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled silicone breast implants from the market due to safety concerns in the event of rupture or leakage.

But after more than a decade of testing, the FDA once again approved silicone implants in 2005, citing extensive research indicating that they did not pose any safety risks to patients. By now, it has been commonly acknowledged throughout the medical community that both saline and silicone breast implants can provide you with exceptional results while maintaining the highest levels of safety.

While the question about the safety of silicone implants has been conclusively answered, it is important to remember that as with any surgical procedure, breast augmentation contains certain risks. Therefore, in order to reduce these risks and ensure that your procedure is performed in the safest possible manner, it is important to work with a board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing breast augmentations.

Albany breast surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has been performing breast augmentations for more than 20 years, and he possesses the experience necessary to ensure that your procedure will be completed using the safest techniques in the field.

Please contact our Albany breast surgeon today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Barach serves patients in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs, New York.