Breast augmentation currently ranks as the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the US, according to the ASPS figures. With improvised surgical techniques and innovative implant qualities, the procedure has become safer and more sustainable over the years. However, it will still have some risks, which are typically associated with any surgical procedure, in addition to implant risks.
During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain the benefits and limits as well as the potential risks and complications involved in breast augmentation. The first goal of a responsible surgeon will be to help the patient make a well-considered choice. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides breast augmentation to patients in Dallas, Texas and surrounding locations.
Breast Implant Risks
Some risks are unique to breast augmentation because it involves the placement of saline or silicone breast implants.
As the implants are embedded in the breast tissue, the body will have a natural immune response against them to form scar tissue around them. Sometimes for unknown reasons, the scar tissue may tend to contract or harden, placing the implants under undue pressure.
The soft implants will get squeezed because of the tightening scar tissue, resulting in loss of position or shape of the implants, or damage to the outer implant shell. As the breast capsule gets harder, it may cause pain. In this condition, breast implant removal or replacement plastic surgery may have to be performed.
The size of the implant should be chosen in accordance with the amount of skin availability to cover the implant adequately. If the implant size is disproportionately large, it may cause the implant to develop folds or creases. This can create a rippling effect on the surface, distorting the natural breast appearance.
The risk can be minimized by choosing the appropriate implant size and shape according to the breast anatomy and the amount of skin available. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas and nearby areas for breast augmentation.
Implant Damage or Shifting
In a few cases, soon after the procedure has been performed, the implant may shift from its original position. The risk of displacement is higher in case of larger implants. The risk of implant damage or rupture exists in all types of implants.
If the rupture occurs in saline implants, the problem will be immediately noticed because the implant will deflate. But in case of silicone implants, the rupture may only get identified during an MRI exam. Rupture or damage may be addressed with a breast revision surgery.
Infection risks are inherent to almost any type of surgery. The surgical facility should maintain a totally sterile environment to minimize the risk. The surgeon may prescribe antibiotics for a few days after surgery to reduce the post-operative risk of infection.
Numbness in Nipples
Altered sensation, sensitivity, or numbness in the nipple area may occur following breast augmentation surgery. The condition normally resolves on its own but in rare cases, the condition of numbness may be prolonged or permanent.
Some degree of scarring is inevitable after breast augmentation, but discreetly located incisions can help to hide the scars as far as possible.