New Risk Associated with Breast Implants Explained by Dr. Jennifer Hein

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Dr. Jennifer Hein of Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery clarifies new reports that breast implants can delay cancer detection.

Dr. Jennifer Hein is a cosmetic surgeon who firmly believes that every patient who is considering a procedure should be educated regarding the benefits and risks that are associated with the operation they have chosen. Recent reports regarding a link between breast implants and delayed detection of cancerous cells have caught the attention of many individuals—both patients and professionals—in the cosmetic field. Here, Dr. Hein explains the study that has taken a closer look at this relationship in an effort to ensure that all individuals who are considering breast augmentation are well aware of the risks associated with both the procedure and the presence of implants during the years following the operation.

An article published by Yahoo! News asserts: "A new BMJ study looked at whether having cosmetic breast implants—filled with saline (saltwater) or silicone—made a difference in when a woman's breast cancer was caught by mammography, and also examined the survival rate of women who had breast cancer and implants, as compared to breast cancer patients who didn't have cosmetic augmentation."

The results, the article reports, show that women with implants were diagnosed, in many cases, at a later stage in the disease. The study points to the facts that implants can distort the images that mammograms create, that it is more difficult to perform a mammogram on a woman who has breast implants, that scar tissue can make the rest of the breast tissue difficult to see, and that the actual placement of the implants can make reading the mammogram a challenge as reasons why women who undergo breast augmentation may not have the ability to detect breast cancer in its earlier stages.

Dr. Jennifer Hein comments: "The reality is that inserting a foreign object into the body, such as a breast implant, can skew the way in which today's medical professionals are able to look at the body's tissue. Should this issue completely deter women from having breast augmentation? I do not believe so. But I do believe that women should educate themselves regarding all of the risks involved in such an operation and make a decision that is best for them based on the facts."

Dr. Hein urges women who are thinking about having breast augmentation performed to talk to their surgeons regarding the risks that they will face before, during, and after the surgery.

Additionally, she encourages them to write out the pros and cons of the procedure in order to best weigh their options—and make the right decision for their particular situation.

For more information about Dr. Jennifer Hein and her work at Women's Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery visit

Dr. Jennifer Hein founded Women's Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery to provide women with a trusted, experienced, all-female surgical team that is capable of addressing invasive and minimally-invasive cosmetic needs. The team at Women's Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery puts a great deal of emphasis on educating patients regarding their cosmetic options to assist them in making the right decision regarding their chosen procedures. Among the many services that the medical professionals at this facility provide are: chemical peel, Botox, liposuction, breast augmentation, facelifts, breast reconstruction, acne reduction, hair removal, dermal fillers, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction, labiaplasty, microdermabrasion, and vein removal.

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