Surgical procedures always have some risk, even if it’s very low and the surgery is routine, popular, and safe like breast augmentation surgery. As one of the most popular types of plastic surgeries, many cosmetic surgeons have extensive practice in this area.
A board certified plastic surgeon will spend time after medical school with a mentor or in a medical fellowship to learn how to perform this popular surgery safely and with as little risk to the patient as possible. However, as with any elective surgery, it’s essential that you understand the risks of breast augmentation.
The Risks of Breast Surgery
Your surgeon will go over the risks involved with breast surgery, and he may also list risks associated with your particular case. Some surgeries are considered high risk, and your surgeon will outline anything extra that you might need to consider.
As defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), here are the potential breast augmentation risks.
- Breast pain that lasts longer than anticipated
- The formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
- Changes in breast sensation and nipple sensation
- Removal of the implant due to complications
- Rupture and deflation of saline implants
- Rupture without deflation or symptoms of silicone implants
The FDA estimates that about 20 percent of women need to have their implants removed after around a decade. However, many women choose to have their implants replaced around that time whether they’ve experienced complications or not.
Complications from Breast Implant Surgery
In addition to certain risks associated with the procedure, there are some complications that you need to be aware of before you arrange for your breast augmentation in Dallas or Plano. It’s essential that you understand potential complications and what to expect after breast augmentation so that if anything feels wrong during your recovery, you can get in touch with your surgeon quickly and figure out if further action is necessary.
Complications that may occur with breast implants include:
- Difficulty breastfeeding (particularly after mastectomies and breast reconstruction)
- Loss of breast tissue that results in undesirable changes to the appearance of the breasts
- Asymmetry due to complications from implant rupture
Do silicone implants cause cancer?
With the fervor over silicone breast implants that rocked the nation a few decades ago, this question is something that’s perfectly okay to ask your surgeon. The FDA…
“…has not detected any association between silicone gel-filled breast implants and connective tissue disease, breast cancer, or reproductive problems.”
How Painful is a Breast Augmentation, Reduction, or Lift?
There is some pain involved with breast surgery, and your breast augmentation recovery will differ from everyone else because of your unique body and the specifics of your operation. If you’re on your 3rd breast augmentation and have experienced recovery before, you might know what’s coming and be able to prepare mentally for the pain.
Important: Your recovery from breast augmentation will be easiest when you follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-operative rest and care.
At Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Plano, TX we take every surgical and non- surgical procedure very seriously. Be ready for part 2 of breast surgery risks and safety. If you have immediate questions, please contact us at (972) 378-3870.
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Dr. Jeff Angobaldo is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Plano, TX