Safety and success rates of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery have gone up dramatically over the years, as the surgical techniques have improvised and advanced qualities of breast implants have been introduced. However, certain risks still remain intrinsic to breast augmentation just like any other surgical procedure.
At the time of pre-surgery consultation, the patient will have an opportunity to learn about the potential risks and complications involved in breast augmentation. The surgeon will address this aspect in detail in order to help the patient make a well-considered choice. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes provides breast augmentation to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and surrounding locations.
Some of the risks in breast augmentation are unique to this surgery because of the involvement of saline or silicone gel based implants.
Once the breast implants are placed inside the breast tissue, a natural scar tissue formation around the implants will be triggered because of the body’s natural healing response. In a few cases, the scar tissue may harden or contract, leading to severe pressure on the implant.
Scar tissue tightening may result in the implant getting squeezed, leading to loss of shape, damage to the implant, or shifting of the implant from its original position. Some patients may also experience pain due to the hardening of breast capsule. Breast implant replacement or removal plastic surgery may have to be performed in such cases.
If the implant size is too large for the available amount of breast skin, it may lead to the creation of folds or wrinkles in the implant. A rippling effect may appear on the surface, distorting the breast’s natural look. The surgeon can minimize the rippling risk by recommending the appropriate implant size according to the availability of breast skin.
Implant Rupture or Shifting
In case of saline implants, a rupture or damage will cause immediate deflation of the implant, and the condition will become visible. However, in case of a silicone gel or ultra cohesive implant, the rupture may only get identified during an MRI exam. In rare situations, the implant may not be damaged, but may move from its original position soon after the surgery is performed.
In case of larger implants, the risk of displacement will be higher. But in any case, this risk exists in all types of implants. The cosmetic surgeon may recommend breast revision surgery to correct such a condition. Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas for breast augmentation.
During and immediately after the surgery, the risk of infection will be there. Surgical rooms with top hygiene standards will be able to minimize the risk. The patient should take care to keep the incision area clean and dry during the early phase of recovery.
Numbness, altered sensation, hematoma and seroma, and unfavorable scarring are some of the other risks that typically related to surgeries, including breast augmentation cosmetic surgery.
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