The Art of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation can be linked from one hundred years ago to today’s technique in surgery and through the expression of art. The beauty of augmenting breasts continues to be a solution in sculpting a woman’s body. As cosmetic surgery has evolved throughout the years, it has intensified in the art and science of shaping the human form. The surgical procedure is similar to an artist creating a beautiful masterpiece but like any other man made products, cosmetic surgery itself has its beautiful artistic views and controversial views. The first known breast implants were attempted by the Austrian-German surgeon named Vincenz Czerny in 1985. Vincenz Czerny used a woman's own adipose tissue from a benign growth, on her back (Marcus). It would quickly send waves across the surgical field to give surgeons the opportunity to prefect the start of a very popular procedure. As decades followed with the rise of breast implants so did the risk that in some cases outweigh the aesthetic beauty. “MORE THAN ONE million Americans have some kind of cosmetic surgery each year” (Bardach). Few realize that any surgery can bring some sort of complications. What effects of breast augmentation might bring to one’s body? After the placement of breast implants there are several possibilities of side effects of this type of procedure. Especially, the first three years it is very common for some sort of complications, including loss of sensation, hematomas, capsular contracture, saline leakage and suicides. Loss of sensation after surgery is commonly temporary causing either numbness or sensitivity. It’s caused when the breasts or nipple had some sort of damage to nerve endings. The nerves usually recover within six months to a year and if a woman is breast-feeding it could be quite devastating. The results can post pone breastfeeding with the uncertainly of not knowing how much a baby is putting pressure if he/she is teething or the “nerves that are vital to breastfeeding because they trigger the brain to release prolactin and oxytocin, two hormones that affect milk production”(BabyCenter Medical Advisory Broad). But the safety of breast-feeding by mothers with implants shows no evidence in harming the baby with or without the loss of sensation (Lee and Zuckerman). It can cause it to be very uncomfortable if the loss of sensation made the nipples more sensitive and very painful. Women would have to consider stopping their breast-feeding and turn to baby formula. Stopping breast-feeding could lose any bond that a mother wants to experience with her child. As Anna Hassapi explains, “Surgeons should always inform patients of risks involved in undertaking the procedure”. For instance, “A hematoma is a collection of blood outside of a blood vessel. It occurs because the wall of a blood vessel wall, artery, vein, or capillary, has been damaged and blood has leaked into tissues where it does not belong” (Wedro). This is very important that one should know ahead of time because if a patient encounters this problem then another procedure is likely to happen soon after in order to remove the hematoma. Removing the hematoma is a procedure where a surgeon goes in and places a surgical drainage in order to release the blood clot. In the result of the drainage, it can lead to a possible leakage in the implants. Capsular contracture is the most common but not a health risk. “Contracture involving a capsule or capsule-shaped structure specifically : shrinking and tightening of the mass of scar tissue around a breast implant that occurs especially with some silicone implants and may result in pain and in unnatural firmness and distortion of the breast” (“capsular contracture”). This can show effects around the first month resulting in human tissue forming around a foreign object. Causing one’s breast to look lope-sided and making the appearance uneven. There’s even a scale to determine...
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