Risks of Breast Augmentation

 

Like any other type of surgery, breast augmentation comes with risks.  Selecting a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a great start in reducing your risks, as you can be certain that your surgeon has received a formal education in plastic and reconstructive surgery.  However, problems do arise sometimes.  If you're opting to have breast augmentation surgery, familiarize yourself with the risks.  Learn what you can do to help reduce your risks, and talk with your surgeon.

 


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Big Implants: Are You Prepared for These Problems?

Updated September 2018 A lot of women dreamed of having large breasts after breast implant surgery, and so they went big—really big. What surprised them was the revolving door of complications they'd have down the line. Back and shoulder pain, ouch! Stretched skin and sagging breasts, no thank ...Continue Reading

Big Implants: Are You Prepared for These Problems?

Updated September 2018 A lot of women dreamed of having large breasts after breast implant surgery, and so they went big—really big. What surprised them was the revolving door of complications they'd have down the line. Back and shoulder pain, ouch! Stretched skin and sagging breasts, no thank ...Continue Reading

What Happens if You Have a Leaking Breast Implant?

Breast implants are more resilient than ever, and though they may last some women a lifetime, this isn't the case for every woman. The truth is that breast implants are not always permanent. At times they fail and become prone to ruptures. Here's information on implant ruptures and what to do about ...Continue Reading

What Happens if You Have a Leaking Breast Implant?

Breast implants are more resilient than ever, and though they may last some women a lifetime, this isn't the case for every woman. The truth is that breast implants are not always permanent. At times they fail and become prone to ruptures. Here's information on implant ruptures and what to do about ...Continue Reading

Silicone Gel Bleed: What You Need to Know

Updated September 2018 Breast implants have evolved rapidly over the past 30 years, from a weak shell with liquid silicone to highly cohesive silicone gel. While the evolution meant a lower risk of silicone gel bleed, the potential for leaching has not been fully eliminated. This means that if ...Continue Reading

Silicone Gel Bleed: What You Need to Know

Updated September 2018 Breast implants have evolved rapidly over the past 30 years, from a weak shell with liquid silicone to highly cohesive silicone gel. While the evolution meant a lower risk of silicone gel bleed, the potential for leaching has not been fully eliminated. This means that if ...Continue Reading

Capsular Contracture Prevention: 8 Steps to Reduce Your Risk

Updated September 2018 Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications after breast augmentation surgery. Your body’s normal response to the surgical placement of a breast implant is to form a contiguous scar around the implant capsule. Sometimes, however, the response is too agg ...Continue Reading

Capsular Contracture Prevention: 8 Steps to Reduce Your Risk

Updated September 2018 Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications after breast augmentation surgery. Your body’s normal response to the surgical placement of a breast implant is to form a contiguous scar around the implant capsule. Sometimes, however, the response is too agg ...Continue Reading

7 Signs of Infection After Breast Augmentation (And What to Do)

Updated September 2018 You just had a breast augmentation or are on the path to getting one. You should know that infection, while rare, is most likely to occur within 20 days after surgery. Familiarize yourself with this risk and be on the watch for symptoms. The sooner your infection is trea ...Continue Reading

7 Signs of Infection After Breast Augmentation (And What to Do)

Updated September 2018 You just had a breast augmentation or are on the path to getting one. You should know that infection, while rare, is most likely to occur within 20 days after surgery. Familiarize yourself with this risk and be on the watch for symptoms. The sooner your infection is trea ...Continue Reading

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Mammogram with Implants

Updated September 2018 An implant can interfere with the detection of early breast cancer because the silicone or saline may "hide" suspicious lesions in the breast during an X-ray exam. If you're at high risk of developing breast cancer, you need to consider this before committing to a breast augm ...Continue Reading

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Mammogram with Implants

Updated September 2018 An implant can interfere with the detection of early breast cancer because the silicone or saline may "hide" suspicious lesions in the breast during an X-ray exam. If you're at high risk of developing breast cancer, you need to consider this before committing to a breast augm ...Continue Reading

Breast Implant Extrusion (Causes and Treatments)

Updated September 2018 There are several potential complications associated with breast augmentation surgery, and breast implant extrusion is one. While very rare—occurring in less than 2 percent of patients—it’s important to be aware of this and all possible risks involved wi ...Continue Reading

Breast Implant Extrusion (Causes and Treatments)

Updated September 2018 There are several potential complications associated with breast augmentation surgery, and breast implant extrusion is one. While very rare—occurring in less than 2 percent of patients—it’s important to be aware of this and all possible risks involved wi ...Continue Reading

Bottoming Out After Breast Augmentation: Signs, Causes and What To Do

Updated August 2018 If your breast implants sit very low on your chest, you could be experiencing what's known as bottoming out. Bottoming out with breast implants occurs when your skin and underlying breast tissue are unable to hold the implant in place. Without internal support, the implant de ...Continue Reading

Bottoming Out After Breast Augmentation: Signs, Causes and What To Do

Updated August 2018 If your breast implants sit very low on your chest, you could be experiencing what's known as bottoming out. Bottoming out with breast implants occurs when your skin and underlying breast tissue are unable to hold the implant in place. Without internal support, the implant de ...Continue Reading

Hematoma After Breast Augmentation Surgery (Signs, Causes and Treatment)

Updated September 2018 You had a breast augmentation, and now you've found a firm lump beneath the skin that is accompanied by a bruise. Is it a hematoma? Is it something more serious? Learn about hematoma signs and symptoms, and how to treat a hematoma. What is a breast hematoma? A breast h ...Continue Reading

Hematoma After Breast Augmentation Surgery (Signs, Causes and Treatment)

Updated September 2018 You had a breast augmentation, and now you've found a firm lump beneath the skin that is accompanied by a bruise. Is it a hematoma? Is it something more serious? Learn about hematoma signs and symptoms, and how to treat a hematoma. What is a breast hematoma? A breast h ...Continue Reading

What to Know About Necrosis After Breast Surgery

Necrosis after breast surgery is a rare complication where breast tissue or breast fat dies, usually due to poor blood supply. The dead cells can be felt as a lump and cause discoloration, pus drainage and other symptoms. Necrosis is certainly a scary-sounding condition and can cause major dist ...Continue Reading

What to Know About Necrosis After Breast Surgery

Necrosis after breast surgery is a rare complication where breast tissue or breast fat dies, usually due to poor blood supply. The dead cells can be felt as a lump and cause discoloration, pus drainage and other symptoms. Necrosis is certainly a scary-sounding condition and can cause major dist ...Continue Reading

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