A new study shows the most common breast augmentation procedure is to hide the scar with bandages
Reuters A new study has found that a majority of people who undergo breast augments for cosmetic reasons have no idea they’re not allowed to wear the cosmetic procedure at all.
In the study, researchers at the University of Melbourne analysed the breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgeries performed in more than 2,000 women over two decades.
The study found that only around 20 per cent of women who undergo the procedures said they knew they were not allowed for medical reasons.
“What this study shows is that a significant proportion of people are completely unaware that they’re undergoing a medical procedure, that the procedure is illegal, and that the decision to undergo the procedure has a high chance of being overturned,” Dr Richard Schreiber, a senior lecturer in the University’s Department of Health, said in a statement.
The findings could help doctors avoid misdiagnoses of breast cancer, according to the Australian Associated Press.
“This study is a wake up call for doctors who may think they are able to treat a patient with breast cancer through an invasive breast reconstruction,” Dr Schreib said.
“The reality is that most people don’t know they are being treated with a procedure that could cause permanent damage to the tissue.”
Dr Schreifers research team studied the medical records of more than 700 women who had undergone breast reconstruction or cosmetic surgery between 1985 and 2015.
In some cases, the women were able to disclose the reasons they were undergoing a breast augment, while in others they were unable to disclose any reason for undergoing the procedure.
In one case, the researcher tracked down a woman who was undergoing a mastectomy, which left the breast with a lump in the middle of the abdomen.
The woman told the researchers that she had been denied permission to have her breast removed, despite the fact that it was illegal to remove breast tissue for cosmetic purposes.
The woman’s breast had been left with a scar that was visible after her mastectomy and she had to have the breast reconstructed to cover the scar.
However, the researchers found that almost two-thirds of the women who underwent breast reconstruction had no idea that they were forbidden to wear a bandage, a plastic bag or a mask.
This means that even though the women may be aware that the surgical procedure is allowed, they are not aware that it is illegal to wear bandages, a bag or mask.
Dr Schaffers research group says more research is needed before doctors can know whether they can remove scar tissue without causing a new cancer.
The researchers say that more research will be needed before it is possible to know whether a breast reconstruction can be performed without causing cancer, but they said that if surgeons were able, they could safely remove the scar without harming the patient.
Dr Simon Fennell, a professor of medicine at the Australian National University, said that it could be difficult to tell whether a surgeon had performed a breast implant without causing scar tissue, but he said that the results should motivate doctors to take the necessary precautions.
“They’ve done a lot of work, but if they could get a few more patients in to be able to do the surgery, then there’s a very good chance that the scar will be removed without causing any additional cancer,” he said.
The study was published in the journal Clinical Plastic Surgery.