How Will Breast Implants Change Your Life?
Breast implants boost self-esteem for many women, but some feel let down.
Mommy Makeover & Breast Implants
Here's another of Casa's patients: 41-year-old Kristen Chase, who was "a
generous 36B" before she had four children in seven years, she says.
"After my fourth child, my breast tissue was just a deflated sack. My body
bounced right back after the pregnancies, but my breasts didn't. I wanted my
Women like Chase grew up with a completely different mind-set, says Casas.
"They don't have body image issues. These women went through their
formative years feeling good about themselves. They work out, feel great. They
just want the breast to be the nice normal size they had before."
The first time Chase looked into breast implant surgery, silicone implants
weren't FDA approved. With her broad chest, a saline implant just wasn't
appropriate. "It would have protruded too much," she says. "That
was not the look I wanted."
Her result with silicone? "It's very natural, not an artificial breast
look, not the type you see on the street and know immediately is a fake,"
she says. Another key point: "I've had zero sensitivity loss in my
Breast Implant Replacement & Other Realities
Women who’ve had breast implants and their doctors agree: It’s very
important to go into surgery understanding the full financial costs -- or
you’re bound to be dismayed.
- Health insurance does not cover the surgery.
- Insurance also does not cover any follow-up surgeries. Yet complications do
occur, and revision surgeries are sometimes necessary to correct a problem.
- Also, both saline and silicone implants usually have to be replaced at some
point because of breakage.
About 1% to 2% of breast implants break or deflate each year, and the
majority will likely need to be replaced eventually, says Casas. "Patients
have to deal with that reality ... Nothing lasts forever."
So you must expect at least one second breast implant surgery in your
lifetime, and perhaps several.
Another factor to consider: A woman’s breasts naturally change over time,
while the breast implant stays the same. Breast implants that looked good at
age 22 may no longer look good on the same woman after she has had children,
breastfed, or grown older.
Postpartum women -- finished with pregnancies -- won't have so many breast
changes, especially if they have kept their weight under control, says
She's seen a handful of 18-year-olds and talks them into waiting awhile --
to see if this is what they really want. "This is a major decision, and
maturity level makes a difference. They're the ones who have to take care of
the implants, continue with follow-up."
"We impress on them that this is a long-term project ... a lifelong
journey," Casas says. "There's no reason to rush it. We will only move
forward if they can make that commitment."