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Are There Any Risks or Complications Associated With Breast Augmentation?

Posted March 01, 2024 in Breast Augmentation

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Breast augmentation is generally a very safe surgical procedure with little downtime. However, as with all surgical procedures, breast augmentation may carry certain risks and complications.

Like most surgeries, you may experience adverse reactions to anesthesia or medication, excess scarring, hematoma, or infection. To minimize these risks, it is very important to go over all of the pre-operative and post-operative instructions you are provided. If you are unsure, The Cosmetic Surgery Center encourages you to ask all the questions you need.

There are several complications associated with breast augmentation surgery, including rupture or deflation, capsular contracture, and the need for additional procedures. We will go over each complication with you at your pre-operative visits to ensure you are well informed and ready for surgery.

When a saline implant ruptures or deflates, your body will safely absorb the fluid from the implant. However, you may notice a smaller appearance on the affected side. When a silicone implant ruptures, usually the filling will not leak into the body, but you may notice some discomfort—or no symptoms at all. If the rupture cannot be confirmed in-office, an imaging test can definitively confirm the silicone rupture.

Capsular contracture is when the scar tissue that typically forms around the implant tightens and hardens, which may cause pain and may alter the appearance of your implants.

You may also require additional surgeries. If you experience one of the aforementioned complications, you may need to remove or exchange your implants. It also may be necessary to remove the excess scar tissue or correct scarring. If, over time, your body changes and you do not like the aesthetics of your breasts anymore, you may want to get a breast lift or exchange your old implants for a different size and shape.

At your consultation and pre-surgical visits, Dr. Matt Goldschmidt and staff will make sure you are clear to undergo surgery. This includes going over your health history, examining you, getting necessary medical clearances (if needed), and cross-referencing with the anesthesia team. He would like you to make lifestyle changes, if needed, before surgery so as to not affect the healing process.

Dr. Goldschmidt works hard to minimize risks and complications associated with breast augmentation. He is a thorough surgeon and will assess your health, needs, and goals in order to achieve the best possible outcome.