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What are possible risks associated with breast augmentation?

What are possible risks associated with breast augmentation?

The decision to have breast augmentation surgery is extremely personal and only you have to decided whether the risks and potential complications associated with the surgery are acceptable for you or not. With advancements in cosmetic surgery, the chances of error have reduced drastically, but the experience of surgeon still plays the key role in determining how successful your surgery will be. If performed by an experienced, board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, it is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure. However, inexperienced hands could lead to serious complications, such as asymmetry, breast tissue atrophy, capsular contracture and deflation.

Possible risks associated with breast augmentation have listed below. Go through them to have a clear knowledge of what consequences you can face if you go for an inexperienced surgeon in a bid to safe some bucks.

Implant complications:

Implant complications have a prevalence rate of 1 in 100 patients. Implant complications include, asymmetry, breast tissue atrophy, breast pain, capsular contracture, calcification, chest wall deformity, deflation, extrusion and infection, including Toxic Shock Syndrome. You may need lengthy non-surgical treatments or additional surgeries to treat these implant complication.

Risks of breast implants:

Risks associated with breast implants, both saline and silicone implants, include changes in nipple and breast sensation, rupture of implants with or without symptoms, development of scar tissues around the implant and additional surgery to remove the implant.

Rupture of Implants:

Rupture of implant is one serious complication associated with breast augmentation, since most of the times this rupture occurs without symptoms. The patient or even doctor is not likely to notice the rupture immediately. This is called “silent rupture” as it does not cause any change to the size or appearance of breasts, because it occurs within the capsule. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is the most effective way of detecting a silent rupture. However, if a rupture takes place outside the capsule it will show visible sign and symptoms like asymmetry, pain in breasts, tenderness, swelling and formation of hard lumps.

Connective tissue disease:

Breast augmentation surgery is also believed to cause connective tissue disease, but the US Food and Drug Administration had not yet detected any association between these two. Therefore further studies are required to develop some significant relationship between the two.

It is pertinent to mention here that the surgeon only cannot be blamed for an unsuccessful breast enhancement surgery as there are numerous other factors as well that play a vital role in success of a surgery. The most important factor after the physician’s expertise is post-op care. Meticulous pre and post-op care is crucial for a successful surgery. You need to follow your doctor’s post-surgery instructions very closely to ensure to recover quickly without developing any unwanted serious complications.

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