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The Hidden Risks of Cosmetic Surgery

There is no one among us who has looked in a mirror and been completely happy about our appearance every single time. Since we are so familiar with our own bodies, we notice flaws that others might never notice, but in a world where beautiful celebrities are the center of attention, it can be easy to focus on what is wrong. Cosmetic surgery can be a wonderful option for those that have noticeable scars left over from previous surgeries or for those that suffer from depression due to their looks. However, if you are considering breast augmentation, you should be aware of all the risks, including a rare form of cancer.

 According to Women’s Health Magazine, breast implants may be the cause of a rare form cancer that starts in the immune system. The FDA has reportedly already known about the link between the implants and cancer since 2011, and as of 2017 they have received over 300 reports of cancer caused by implants. The cancer is called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma and forms as a result of the scar tissue that collects around the implant. In most cases, removing the implant is an adequate treatment, but some people may need chemotherapy or radiation treatment. However, this cancer should not be taken lightly, as it has already claimed the lives of nine women. Researchers have found no correlation between the type of material the implant is made from and how often the cancer appears, but they have noticed that textured implants account for 90% of the cases reported. However, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that 400,000 women get breast implants every year, and only a fraction of a percent of these end up getting the rare cancer. They claim that the risk of infection, while still incredibly low, is much higher than the risk of cancer developing. Doctors say that the initial symptoms of the cancer are pain and swelling, but this could be indicative of a number of other things.

 Any invasive surgical procedure is going to come with a number of risks, and there is always the chance for something to go wrong, even when everything is done right. When scar tissue forms or cells start dividing more in order to repair damage from surgery, it makes sense that cancer risk would increase with each new dividing cell. I think that the benefits of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery far outweigh the risk of cancer and there plenty of cosmetic surgery professionals out there that will thoroughly explain all of the risks before performing a procedure. In addition, cosmetic surgery techniques keep getting better and better, and soon there may be an implant that doesn’t cause cancer at all.

 Making the decision to seek out cosmetic surgery can seem daunting due to the stress it puts on your body and your wallet, but nothing can match the confidence boost you’ll feel afterward. The risk of cancer might seem scary, but in exchange for a little risk, there can be a great reward.

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