Breast augmentation has emerged as the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the US, as per the ASPS figures for 2015. Advanced surgical techniques have made the procedure less invasive and less painful, while innovative breast implant qualities have made the procedure more sustainable. However, certain risks remain inherent to breast augmentation, just like any other surgery.
During the pre-op consultation, the breast surgeon will explain about the potential risks and complications involved, and help the patient to make a well-considered decision. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides breast augmentation and various other procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
Risks associated with Implants
Breast implant related risks in breast augmentation cosmetic surgery include:
Following the surgical insertion of breast implants, the body will start its healing process. Natural scar tissue formation will occur around the implants. Sometimes this scar tissue may start contracting or hardening, which will place the implants under pressure.
As the implants are squeezed due to tightening of scar tissue, they may become misshaped or damaged. The patient may experience pain as the breast hardens. The surgeon will have to perform breast implant replacement or removal surgery in such cases.
Rippling of Breast Implants
If the implant develops wrinkles or folds after the surgery, it can create a rippling effect, distorting the natural shape of breasts. Sometimes larger implants may be placed, and the breast skin may be overstretched due to limited availability of tissue.
This will increase the risk of implant rippling. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for breast implants.
Rupture or Shifting of Implants
In exceptional circumstances, the implant may shift from its desired position shortly after the breast augmentation surgery. The risk of displacement increases in case of larger sized implants.
Ruptures may occur in case of saline implants, which will cause implant deflation. If rupture occurs in silicone implants, it may only get detected during an MRI test. Breast revision surgery may have to performed to correct these conditions.
Risks associated with Surgery
The risk of infection will exist to some degree during and after the breast implant surgery. The surgical facility can minimize the risk by maintaining high standards of hygiene. The patient may be prescribed antibiotics post-operatively and drain tubes may be temporarily placed beneath the skin to collect excess fluid in the initial recovery period. These measures will mitigate the post-surgery infection risk.
Altered Sensation in Nipple Area
Change of sensation, sensitivity or numbness may occur in the nipple area after breast implant surgery. Although in most cases, the condition will resolve on its own, but in a few cases, the altered sensation may be prolonged or permanent. Minimal disruption of nerve pathways during surgery can minimize this risk.
The risk of conspicuous scarring can be minimized when the surgeon places the incisions in discreet locations such as in the crease at the base of the breast.
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