Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
3 minute read
4 Dec 2019
12:26 pm

‘Implants can leak’: The risks of breast augmentations

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

Like any surgery, breast procedures have their own risks, though using your own fat seems safer than the silicone implants.

Silicone implants are used in breast enhancements, or for reconstructive purposes after a mastectomy for breast cancer. They can either be smooth, textured or coated in polyurethane . AFP/MIGUEL MEDINA

"Implants can leak. It’s called device failure, like any device, it can fail," said Dr Alexandra Grubnik, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Nip Tuck at the Netcare Milpark Hospital and Netcare Rosebank Hospital. The possibility of this device failure has, however, not stopped women from asking for breast augmentation procedures, which are common, especially after pregnancy. Breast procedures include breast augmentations, breast reductions, and breast lifts. "Some women will only have a lift, some women want to go bigger, so they will have a lift and implants and some women will want to go smaller, so they will have...