Reduced Nipple Sensation
Approximately one in seven women will experience a reduction in nipple sensation. This may range from a slight loss in sensation to a complete loss in sensation.
Ridges and Rippling
Women with little natural breast tissue are more at risk of exhibiting ripples, folds, creases or ridges. These effects may also occur with saline implants if they shrink slightly with age although this is not common.
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. In severe cases which are very rare, the implant may need to be removed and can only be replaced once the infection has cleared. However, the vast majority of infections can simply be treated with anti-biotics. If you have any redness, excessive swelling, excessive wound discharge or symptoms of infection, then you should contact your GP or clinic immediately or perhaps get it checked out at your local hospital A&E. Infections are most effectively treated if they are caught early.
Necrosis occurs when tissue dies. With breast augmentation surgery, the tissue around around the breast implant may become necrotic. It may prevent wound healing. Corrective surgery may be required which may need to result in permanent implant removal. Scar deformity may be more prominent or permanent.
Mondor's Cords are firm cord-like bands that sometimes form just under the skin near the breast. Although they are temporary, they are often painful. Since Mondor's Cords are associated with the surgical incision, the location of the cords depends upon where the original incision was made. Mondor's Cords usually begin 1 to 4 weeks after breast augmentation surgery.
Other concerns and points to note ...
At present there is no evidence to suggest that silicone breast implants are associated with an increased incidence of breasts cancer. There is also good evidence that there is no increased risk of women with implants developing breast cancer.
If you have a mammography, you must inform the medical staff that you have implants so that the screening apparatus can be setup appropriately. There is no evidence to suggest that breast cancer is detected at a later stage for women with implants through breast screening.
A disease in which the body mounts an attack response to its own tissues or cell types. Normally, the body's immune mechanism is able to distinguish clearly between what is a normal self substance and what is foreign. In auto-immune disease, this system becomes defective and mounts an attack against normal parts of the body, causing tissue injury. Certain diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma are considered to be autoimmune diseases. There is no evidence of an established link between auto-immune disease and silicone breast implants.