Breast Enlargement (Augmentation) Surgery Risks

The following are some of the main risks connected with breast augmentation cosmetic surgery. They are in no particular order of importance or likelihood of occurring.

Size: Your breast implants are too big or too small

Breast Surgery Risk GuideAfter surgery when the swelling has settled down and you have got use to the new size and shape of you breasts, you may feel that your choice of implant size was not the right one. This is obviously something that you would want to avoid. Spending time doing your own research beforehand will help reduce this risk. Also, being prepared for your consultation so that you can have a meaningful discussion on breast enlargement size with the surgeon will help.

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Capsular Contracture

Breast Surgery Risk GuideThe human immune system naturally encapsulates any foreign object in a fibrous capsule. This includes your new breast implants. In the majority of cases, the capsule will remain soft and unnoticeable. However, in some cases, the capsule contracts, it becomes hard and may cause discomfort. Capsular contracture is the most common cause of further surgery being required but it is rare.

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Scarring

Breast Surgery Risk GuideScarring is something that will happen. The scars that result from the insertion of the breast implants are normally satisfactory and in line with those expected for a surgical procedure. However, in some cases, the scars may appear to be quite thick or red. Scars may take a few years to improve. With breast augmentation surgery, the inframammary incision is usually used. Any scars appearing will be as discrete as can be.

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Breast Feeding With Implants

Breast Surgery Risk GuideWomen with breast implants are at an increased risk of lactation Insufficiency or inadequate supply of milk for breastfeeding. They are also more likely to be deterred from breastfeeding due to their implants or concern that they will suffer from lactation insufficiency. It is important that you discuss breastfeeding with your surgeon, even if you do not plan on having a child in the near future but further down the line. Your surgeon will be able to work with you to obtain the best result.

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Breast Implant Rupture

Breast Surgery Risk GuideAn implant rupture is where a hole appears in the silicone shell. Modern shells are much tougher than with earlier implants and the risk of rupture with modern implants is less likely. If a rupture occurs it will not necessarily cause harm. Saline implants contain sterile salt water which is disposed of by the body naturally. The issue is that the implant deflates and needs replacement. Depending on the filler used in silicone implants then the silicone may or may not leak out.

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Breast Implant Extrusion

Breast Surgery Risk GuideA lump may appear on the surface of the breast if there is insufficient breast tissue or the if the breast implant is not positioned properly. This is referred to as implant extrusion. It can also happen if part of the implant forces its way through a weakness in the natural breast tissue or muscle. It may appear as though the corner of the implant is digging in to the skin, even though the implant has no corners. Extrusion is rare; if it does occur, surgery may be needed to correct it.

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Bottoming Out

Breast Surgery Risk GuideWith bottoming out, the breast implant drops down further than was intended, forcing the visible bottom crease of the breast to appear lower on the chest. It appears as though the bottom of the breast has dropped too low so that the bulk of the breast mass is concentrated too low on the chest. It will appear abnormal and it will feel awkward too. The more common over the muscle placement is at a higher risk of experiencing bottoming out than with unders.

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Symmastia (Uniboob) & Fluffing

Breast Surgery Risk GuideUniboob (see picture) is also known as symmastia. This complication only occurs with under the muscle breast implants. When the breasts meet each other and touch in the middle of the chest, then the condition known as symmastia occurs. This is not just a case of the outer skin of the breasts touching, it is where the breast tissue (or implants) themselves meet under the skin.

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Anaesthetic Risks

Breast Surgery Risk GuideA general anaesthetic is required for breast augmentation. A general anaesthetic carries several risks however, any surgical procedure involving anaesthesia will have these risks associated with it. Although the risks of any permanent or long term damage are very low, you should consider these risks as part of your assessment for having the breast augmentation surgery. Serious complications are rare but they do occur and this can even include death.

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More Breast Enlargement Surgery Risks

Breast Surgery Risk GuideThis article covers several more risks which are all rare but can occur as a result of breast augmentatino surgery. These include: reduced sensation in the nipples, rippling and ridges in the breasts, risk of post operative infection, necrotic tissue around the breast implant as result from surgery and Mondor's Cord. We also mention breast cancer and auto-immune disease.

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