What are the risks for Breast Augmentation surgery?

Every form of surgery carries a standard set of risks that will always be present, regardless of your surgeon's skill. Outside of general surgery risks, breast implants do carry their own unique set of risks: capsular contractur, implant deflation (ruptures), symmastia, necrosis, and changes in nipple and or breast sensitivity.


To learn about breast augmentaiton risks, you should speak directly with a board certified, licensed surgeon in your area.


What is Capsular Contracture?

Capsular Contracture is when the body forms a layer of scar tissue around the implant in an attempt to both reject the implant and to protect the body. This condition occurs in about 5% of breast augmentation patients. Symptons usually develop within 3 to 6 months of having surgery, but it can occur at any time.


It is very difficult to predict when (and if) capsular contracture will occur. There are four grades of contrature:

  • Grade I: a breast will still appear natural and be soft to the touch
  • Grade II: appearance is still normal but the breast will be firm to the touch
  • Grade III: appearance becomes abnormal and the breast will be firm to the touch
  • Grade IV: appearnce becomes visibly distorted and the breast is hard to the touch and may also be painful.

The optimal solution for treating capsular contracture is the replacement of the implant altogether. However, capsular contracture can re-occur.


There are other methods for treating cc. One of the method is to squeeze the implant until the scar tissue breaks apart. This is not always the best solution as it can result in pain and/or bleeding, and the possibility for a ruptured implant.


The latest treatments involve sound waves that are used to break up the scar tissue. Do they work? It's best to get an answer from a practicing plastic surgeon - he or she will have the latest information regarding breast implants and the potentail risks invovled.


What happens if I get an infection?

Your surgeon will prescribe antiobiotics to help prevent an infection from occurring. If one occurs, it will usually show up with a few days to a week after your surgery


Which is safer: Silicone or Saline?

Saline implants are generally considered the safest implant currently available, primarily because they use a saltwater mixture for filler. However, silicone implants have undergone more testing and research than any other medical device. You should speak directly with your surgeon to learn about the safety differences between silicone and saline.


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