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Breast Augmentation Risks and Side Effects

As with any surgery, there are some risks and complications associated with breast augmentation. Selecting an experienced, Board-Certified plastic surgeon greatly reduces potential risks and side effects, and you can help reduce your own risk when you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. However, it is important to be aware of possible issues, however rare, that could occur during or after a breast augmentation procedure.

Infection is a risk of any surgery. Typically, if an infection is going to occur, it will usually happen within days or weeks of the procedure. It is possible, though unlikely, that an infection can occur long after the incisions have healed. In the rare instance that this happens, the implant is removed until the infection heals, when it can be replaced. Also common to all surgeries, there is a possible risk of reaction to anesthesia.

A capsular contraction occurs when your body creates a capsule around the implant—a natural part of the healing process—but then the capsule contracts or closes around the implant. While uncommon, when a capsular contraction occurs, it can distort the look of the implant and can make it feel hard, and it can become painful. In extreme cases, the implant will be removed.

Symmasia, in which the breasts appear too close together, or asymmetry can occur. If either of these situations occurs, patients may have a small adjustment procedure. In some cases of symmasia, smaller implants need to be exchanged for larger ones.

There are other possible risks and complications associated with breast augmentation, including hematoma (a small collection of blood under the skin), breast drooping, deflation of the implants, nipple numbness, or visible scars. It is always important to gather as much information as possible about possible side effects or risks associated with breast augmentation and discuss any concerns with your doctor. Your trusted plastic surgeon will help you put possible complications into perspective, by providing statistics and explaining ways you can protect yourself from possible risks. To learn more about breast augmentation, select a skilled, trustworthy professional and schedule a consultation. This is the best way to evaluate any and all risks, and to determine whether breast augmentation is the right choice for you.



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