There are risks and complications associated with all surgical procedures. Knowing these risks is an essential part of making sound decisions about surgical procedures, and breast augmentation surgery risks are no different.
Please remember that:
- There is no increased risk of cancer with breast implants
- No higher incidence of autoimmune disease or any other health issues with breast implants have been shown
- Breast augmentation is generally a very safe operation that can do wonders for your confidence and self-esteem
“It’s great, I feel I look much better. I wish I had done it a long time ago. I have a lot more confidence in myself. My clothes look better. Its amazing how much better you feel about yourself. My friends compliment me all the time. No negative comments!! My advice to people is first see Dr Rai and staff. Make sure its what you really want. Finally go for it especially if its something you’ve always wanted-as I have. You will love the results.”
Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks/Breast Implants Risks
- Breakage/ Leakage of breast implants
Breast implants are made of outer shells that are made of silicone sheet called silastic. These shells enclose silicone gel or saline depending on your type of breast implants. If a shell fails, the filler material may leak. If you have saline breast implants, the leaked saline is absorbed into your tissues and your body simply disposes of it as excess water. A capsule of scar tissue forms around all breast implants, isolating the implants from other tissues. If a silicone breast implant leaks, there are no health consequences and it may not even be clinically evident as long as the silicone remains enclosed in the capsule.
- Interference with breast exams
An implant behind a breast or even behind a chest muscle will interfere with a breast exam. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rai will teach you some easy techniques to properly examine your breasts.
- Interference with mammograms
Implants also interfere with routine mammography. Trained radiologists can easily overcome such difficulties with newer, more advanced mammography techniques.
Saline implants have inherent ripples in the shell. If you have thin chest issues, you may notice these ripples and they may even become visible. Silicone implants ripple less and implants behind the chest muscle are less noticeable than those placed behind the breast. By properly choosing, placing and filling your breast implant pockets, we minimize this type of problem.
RISKS RELATED TO SURGERY
- Risks of anesthesia
There are risks related to anesthetic medications and sedatives when you undergo surgery. To minimize these risks, we only use accredited facilities that take advantage of the great advances in pharmacology and monitoring devices. We also screen for experienced anesthesiologists with excellent safety records.
Scars from breast augmentation surgery that remain in the breast crease or around the areola tend to heal well. Scarring may be more noticeable if you scar prominently or may form keloids if you are prone to do so.
Although rare, there is always a risk of infection with surgical procedures. We will give you prophylactic antibiotics to prevent this from happening. If your breast augmentation incision becomes infected, however it may spread to your breast implant and it would need to be surgically replaced after the infection is eradicated.
Shortly after surgery, you may experience some pain from the incision and stretching of your chest tissues. We will prescribe you medications to alleviate this pain, and after your tissues adapt to the stretching, your discomfort will go away.
- Loss of Feeling/ diminished feeling/ sensitivity in augmented breasts/diminished or lost nipple sensation
You may experience all or none of these changes. Most of times these sensory disturbances are temporary and go away within 6-12 weeks. You should be aware, however, that permanent sensory changes can occur. We are careful to avoid any unnecessary nerve manipulation during the surgical procedure to minimize sensory disturbances.
- Capsular formation/capsular contracture
Since implant material is different from your body tissues, your body makes a layer of scar tissue around the implants. This is a normal immune response of the human body. It is your body’s attempt to isolate the breast implant from the rest of your body. Capsule formation is healthy and causes no health problems. Contractures, however, can occur after augmentation mammoplasty. The capsule starts to tighten around the implant and constricts it. This “capsular contracture” can become increasingly severe and cause pain and distortion of the breast implant. Capsular contracture may require surgery to correct the distortion and associated pain. It may also recur.We instruct you on breast massages to stretch the capsule and prevent contracture. We will also advise you on vitamin E consumption, which has been shown to have beneficial effects.
- Pressure atrophy of muscle and skin
Pressure from the implant will constantly press tissues around it. The bigger the implant, the stronger the pressure and the more your tissues atrophy. Atrophy leads to thinning of muscle and skin in front of the implant. Breast tissue also gets squeezed from this pressure and thins out relative to its preoperative fullness.
- Breast Feeding
There are some anecdotal case reports of breast-feeding difficulties after augmentation mammoplasty. Hypotheses range from reduced milk production because of breast tissue atrophy to actual milk duct disruption. However, they have not been definitively proven. To date, we have not experienced breast-feeding difficulties in our patients. Breast-feeding function varies from patient to patient. Some women are unable to breast feed without any prior surgery for undetermined reasons. Most plastic surgeons don’t believe that breast augmentation surgery causes breastfeeding problems.
If you have any breast implant surgery questions about the risks associated with breast augmentation or would like to schedule a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Rai at the Cosmetic Surgical Center to directly discuss these risks, please call or email us. Proudly serving the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas areas.
For answers to all of your breast augmentation questions contact The Cosmetic Surgical Center today or call us at 972-392-3511, or toll-free at 1-800-558-7355.