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Cosmetic saline breast implants: a survey of satisfaction, breast-feeding experience, cancer screening, & health

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Saline breast implants have been used for the past 30 years

for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. Data based on a

large number of patients are needed to evaluate patient

satisfaction, cancer screening practices, problems associated

with breast-feeding, and health effects.

We conducted a

follow-up study of 292 cosmetic saline breast implant patients

from Texas and Louisiana who consented to a telephone

interview. Using a Likert scale, we measured the patients’

degree of satisfaction with the implants. The results

indicated that 80.5 percent were satisfied, 73.3 percent would

recommend saline breast implants to others, and 65.1 percent

felt that implants improved their quality of life. The extent

of satisfaction was independent of the number of additional

surgeries, age at implant, and follow-up time. Mammography use

and breast self-examination were reported with high frequency

in this survey. Ninety-one percent of study participants who

were between 40 and 49 years of age at time of interview and

94 percent of those 50 or older reported having had at least

one mammogram. Breast self-examination was practiced by 75

percent of the women, and 61 percent reported checking their

breasts at least once a month. Of the 46 women who had

children after augmentation, 28 reported breast-feeding and 8

(28.6 percent) reported having implant-related problems.


patients were asked to provide information regarding a series

of conditions for which they sought medical attention. They

reported: atypical rheumatoid syndrome (n = 1), Sjogren

syndrome (n = 1), atypical autoimmune disorder (n = 1), and

chronic fatigue syndrome (n = 2). Overall, women who elected

to have saline breast implants were satisfied with their

augmentations, had mammograms and performed breast

self-examinations more often than nonaugmented women. A few

had problems when breast-feeding that could be related to

their implants. There were no reports of breast cancer, but

five women reported autoimmune conditions.

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