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Are larger implants more prone to complications?

Old 11-18-2012, 09:50 AM
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Are larger implants more prone to complications?

Hey Dr. Kim,
I notice that there aren't many surgeons who perform XL breast augmentations (600cc or more) on small patients like myself. Do you think they are more prone to complications? Also, what is the largest breast augmentation you've done on a small patient?

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Old 11-30-2012, 02:03 PM
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Larger implants are heavier and therefore can have problems with shifting more often than smaller implants. Also, you would have a higher chance for rippling. If you did develop some capsular contracture it would be more noticeable with the larger implants. Having said that the most common thing patients complain about afterwards is not being large enough. So if you go in knowing that these problems are possible and feel getting the size you want is the most important thing I would say do it. If you want to lower your chances of these problems then don't do it so large.
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