Among the complications that arise out of breast augmentation surgeries, the health risks are the most important to be considered. Despite the definite health risks associated with the cosmetic process, there are millions who turn a deaf ear and undergo the process.

The long term respiratory disorders that are associated with breast implants are severely life threatening and many women are unaware of the extent of damage it can cause on their body.

Discussed below are some of the major respiratory disorders that are associated with breast augmentation.

Rupture Of Implants And Its Connections With Lung Disorders

The implants, whether it is silicone or saline, normally have a safe period of 12 years after which they can rupture at any time. Many women have also reported rupture within a year or two of insertion as well due to ill handling. Saline implants are not as dangerous as silicone implants as they can be absorbed by the body in most cases. However, silicone implants have been known to cause cancer of the lungs and pulmonary fibrosis, both of which are life threatening.


Cancers of the connective tissue and immune system cancers have generally not been reported to increase with breast augmentation. However, research shows a definite increase in cancers of the lungs and brain, in fact up to 3 times more, in people with implants. Respiratory tract cancers are three times more common in women who have done breast augmentation. Probably the proximity of lungs and respiratory organs to the breast could be the reason for this tendency. A rupture can expose the lungs directly to silicone gel which is poisonous. However, no serious study has been conducted so far about the actual impact of silicone gel leakage to the lungs.

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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is the development of scar tissues in the lungs, causing permanent damage to the air sacs inside the lungs. Such damages can lead to development of fibrotic tissues inside the lungs, compromising the ability of the lungs to release oxygen into the blood stream. Women who have used implants for at least 7 years are susceptible to pulmonary fibrosis. As the disease progresses, the tissues become thick and the person will find it difficult to breath.


Lupus is an autoimmune disorder found commonly among breast augmentation patients who have had their implants for at least seven years. Lupus is not a lung or respiratory disease as such. It is a connective tissue disease. Lupus can lead to lung disorders like inflammation of the sacs of the lungs known as pleuritis, pneumitis which is the lung inflammation and formation of blood clots inside the lungs which is known as pulmonary emboli. Lupus along with these lung complications can lead to serious breathing problems and eventual death.

Women undergoing breast augmentation must therefore consider all these risk factors before undergoing the surgery. People with a weak respiratory system and lung diseases must stay away from such cosmetic procedures to protect their health and increase the longevity and general health condition of the body. After all, what is the use of beauty without health?