The risks and complications associated with breast augmentation.
The risks and complications associated with breast augmentation:
Breast augmentation is a safe and effective procedure, but like any surgery, it does come with certain risks and complications. Understanding these risks can help you make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the surgery.
- Infection: Infection is a risk with any surgery, and breast augmentation is no exception. Symptoms of infection include fever, redness, pain, and discharge from the incision site. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your surgeon immediately.
- Hematoma: A hematoma is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels. It can occur after surgery and may cause pain, swelling, and a change in the shape of the breast. If a hematoma is not treated promptly, it can lead to an infection or other complications.
- Capsular contracture: Capsular contracture is a condition where the scar tissue that forms around the implant tightens and hardens, causing the breast to feel firm. It may also cause the breast to change shape. Massaging the breasts and following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions can help prevent capsular contracture.
- Implant rupture: Breast implants are not meant to last a lifetime and may rupture or leak over time. Rupture can occur if the implant shell is damaged or if the implant is placed too close to the skin. If a rupture occurs, the implant will need to be removed or replaced.
- Asymmetry: Asymmetry is a common complication of breast augmentation. It occurs when one breast is larger or a different shape than the other. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including uneven implant placement or different sizes of implants.
- Nipple Sensitivity: Some women may experience changes in nipple sensation after breast augmentation. The sensation may be lost, increased or decreased. This is a temporary side effect and usually goes away within a few months.
- Rippling or Wrinkling: Rippling or wrinkling of the implant can occur when the implant is placed too close to the skin or when there is not enough natural breast tissue to cover the implant. Rippling or wrinkling may be more visible in thinner women or when using a saline implant.
- Reoperation: In some cases, additional surgery may be necessary to correct complications or to change the size or shape of the implants. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that additional surgery may be required.
It’s important to keep in mind that every woman’s experience is unique, and not all women will experience complications. In general, breast augmentation is a safe and effective procedure when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon before the surgery, and never hesitate to reach out to your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.