So rumor has it Bachelorette Emily Maynard got a boob job before hitting it big with The Bachelor in 2010. I don't know if that's true or not, but I wouldn't be surprised: People have the same attitude about getting breast implants as they do getting a pedicure or having their roots touched up. Oh, I'm looking a little (fill-in-the-blank) lately; I think I'm going to make an appointment to have my (fill-in-the-blanks) done.
But here's the thing: Getting your boobs done is really NOT on the same level as getting your toenails painted or even getting all of the hair in a certain area painfully ripped out. It's SURGERY. And like all surgery, it comes with serious risks.
And while some of these risks make the news -- like the loads of defective, rupturing implants made by the French company PIP, or the FDA's "whoops, turns out we were wrong" announcement last year admitting that breast implants do not, in fact, last a lifetime and usually must be replaced every 10 years -- most potential complications remain unknown to the general population.
Just for the heck of it, let's take a look at this list of Local Complications and Adverse Outcomes from the FDA's Breast Implant Complications Booklet:
- Asymmetry—when breasts are uneven in appearance in terms of size, shape, or breast level
- Breast feeding difficulties
- Breast pain
- Breast sagging, also called “ptosis”
- Calcium build-up in breast tissue, also called “calcification”
- Capsular contracture—hardening of the breast area around the implant
- Chest wall deformity—when the chest wall or underlying rib cage appears deformed
- Deflation of the breast implant—when filler material leaks from the breast implant often due to a valve leak or a tear or cut in the implant shell
- Delayed wound healing
- Extrusion—when the skin breaks down and the implant appears through the skin
- Hematoma—collection of blood near the surgical site
- Iatrogenic injury or damage—when new injury or damage occurs to the tissue or implant as a result of implant surgery
- Implant displacement or malposition—when the implant is not in the correct position in the breast
- Implant palpability or visibility—when the implant can be felt through the skin
- Implant removal—with or without implant replacement
- Implant visibility—when the implant can be seen through the skin
- Implant wrinkling or rippling
- Infection, including Toxic Shock Syndrome—when during breast implant surgery, wounds are contaminated with micro-organisms, such as bacteria or fungi
- Inflammation or irritation
- Necrosis—when there is dead skin or tissue around the breast
- Nipple or breast changes, including change in or loss of nipple sensation
- Redness or bruising
- Reoperation—additional surgeries
- Rupture of the breast implant— when there is a tear or hole in the implant’s outer shell
- Seroma—the collection of fluid around the breast implant
- Skin rash
- Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes, also called “lymphedema or lymphadenopathy”
- Thinning and shrinking of the skin, also called “breast tissue atrophy”
- Unsatisfactory appearance due to implant style or size
Whew! That was a good read, huh? Bet big boobs sound even sexier now.
I hope, for her sake, Emily Maynard isn't suffering any of these "adverse outcomes."
Did you know about these potential breast implant complications?