Breast Implants

Hi just wonder on Breast Implants, I'm 23 and a mother of one, I'm also diabetic type one i have been for 19 years, was just wondering if i can get them as its something I'm really wanting done, thanks

KristyB April 5th, 2016 WA

  • Answer
     Ellis Choy

    Ellis Choy

    43 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    New South Wales, Australia

    Hi there,
    Thank you for your question.
    There is no reasons why you can't consider the possibility of getting breast implant surgery even though you've got type I diabetes. It's all about managing the peri-operative risks associated in general anaesthetics as well as taking appropriate precautions against any potential wound healing issues. Diabetic patients do have higher risks of wound related complications as well as less resistance to infection. It is therefore important to seek proper advice from a specialist plastic surgeon for a detailed clinical assessment before making any surgical plans. It will also be wise to seek an opinion from your endocrinologist to assess your individual clinical risks from your diabetic point of view.
    In my practice, I have close liaison with my patients' endocrinologist in operating on all my diabetic plastic surgery patients. Breast implant surgery is an elective, cosmetic and invasive procedure. There are risks just like any other surgeries, and it's all about balancing all the associated risks & benefits before making the right decision for yourself.
    Hope that helps.
    Best wishes
    Ellis Choy
  • Answer
    Dr. Raymond Goh

    Raymond Goh

    123 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    Queensland, Australia

    Hi Kristy.
    Having diabetes does not preclude you from undergoing elective aesthetic breast surgery. You must be aware however that diabetics stand a higher risk of potential complications from any surgical procedure, such as infection and wound healing problems. It is important that your peri-operative blood sugar levels (diabetes control) are well managed in order to optimise your healing and recovery. Your endocrinologist should therefore be made aware that you are having surgery.
    All the very best.
    Dr Ray Goh