(Liz Bonis) -- Cosmetic surgery gift certificates were one of the hottest stocking stuffers this year and lots of people are heading in for procedures this week between Christmas and the New Year’s Day.
But, surgeons said that those considering breast enhancements should know a few things before “taking the plunge.”
Consumers can choose between a saline- or silicone-filled breast implants.
The Food and Drug Administration recently re-approved the use of silicone implants for breast augmentation or enhancement surgery, after a 14-year study found the implants did not cause cancer and arthritis.
The FDA said they are still not without risk, but those risks may be for either type of implant.
Surgeons suggest that consumers should still ask a couple of specific questions.
1. Ask about the right size implant for your body. A recent study published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that in some women larger implants reduced nipple sensation.
2. Ask about the surgeon’s technique. There are differences in where the incision to insert the implant is made.
3. Ask about the short and long-term risks.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown said, ”All implants have potential risks, there's a risk of infection, a risk of asymmetry, a risk of ripple formation.”
Risks that may or may not be reduced with the use of silicone instead of saline. Breast augmentation usually costs about $5,000 and is not covered by most medical insurance plans and often, the implants eventually do need to be replaced.