Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

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Posted: October 15, 2022

There has been much debate in recent years about the safety of breast implants. Some believe they are perfectly safe, while others believe they can cause various health problems, including cancer. So, what is the truth?

Can breast implants cause cancer? The answer is not a simple one. There is no clear evidence that implants cause cancer, but there is also no clear evidence that they don't. The best we can do is to look at the available evidence and make an informed decision.

This blog post will explore the evidence about breast implants and conclude that they are safe.

What Are Breast Implants? 

Breast implants are a surgical procedure used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. This procedure usually occurs for aesthetic reasons but can also serve to correct congenital defects or reconstruct the breasts following a mastectomy. 

Types of Breast Implants

They can consist of silicone gel, saline (salt water), or autologous (using your tissue).

Types of Breast Implants

Textured vs. Smooth Breast Implants

The implant you choose will affect your breast's look and feel. Most implants today are smooth because they are less likely to cause capsular contracture (hardening of the breast around the implant). However, textured implants may provide a more natural look and feel. You may choose between textured and smooth implants.

Saline vs. Silicone Gel Breast Implants

You may also choose between saline and silicone gel implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water and are usually less expensive than silicone gel implants. Silicone gel implants are pre-filled with silicone gel and tend to provide a more natural feel and look.

In addition, you may choose between round and teardrop-shaped implants. Round implants tend to provide a fuller look, while teardrop-shaped implants resemble the shape of a natural breast.

Your surgeon will help you choose the right type of breast implant based on your specific goals and desired results.

Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

No. It has been argued over two decades that breast augmentation can lead to breast cancer. Leaking and ruptured implants do not cause cancer, according to multiple studies.

Why Should You Choose Us?

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Schiesel has years of experience. You can find out the options available to you during your breast augmentation consultation at South Tulsa Plastic Surgery. Contact us at 918-518-5144 to schedule your complimentary consultation and learn more about breast augmentation.

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