Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks and Safety
Recent data by the American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS) indicates that breast augmentation is currently the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the US.
Advanced surgical techniques have made this procedure far safer than ever before. But every surgical procedure has inherent risks, including breast augmentation surgery.
The surgeon will inform the patient in detail about the possible risks and complications associated with this procedure enabling her to make a well-informed choice. Board certified plastic surgeon and the reliable Dr. Kiran Gill provides breast implant surgery to patients in Naples, Marco Island, South Florida, and surrounding locations in this illustrious region of the country.
Understanding the Risks
After the surgeon places the breast implants during the breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, the body will slowly start healing and produce natural scar tissue around the implants. In some cases, the scar will contract or harden leading to the implants being squeezed.
This may cause to implants to become misshapen, change their original position, or become damaged. The patient will experience pain and breast hardening. In such cases, the patient may require breast revision surgery to replace or remove the implants.
At times, one or both breast implants may develop the appearance of wrinkles and folds. This creates a ripple-like effect that could distort the natural breast shape. The risk of rippling increases if the breast skin is stretched too much due to lack of available tissue to cover the implants properly.
The risk of developing a post-surgical infection is common to all surgeries, including breast augmentation. This risk can be mitigated if the surgical venue follows hygiene and care best practices and the patient adheres to the post-op recovery guidelines from the surgeon.
The patient may be prescribed antibiotics, and drain tubes may be placed underneath the skin for some days to collect surplus fluid minimizing the risk of infection during the recovery period.
Hematoma occurs if too much fluid collects beneath the skin in the incision areas following a breast augmentation procedure. This condition increases the risk of infections and capsular contracture. Placing drain tubes to eliminate excessive fluid during the initial recovery period can significantly decrease the risk of hematoma.
Change in Sensation in the Nipple Area
The patient may experience sensitivity, numbness or altered sensation in the nipple area after a breast augmentation surgery. This condition usually resolves on its own in a few days or months after the surgery.
But in rare cases, the change in sensation or numbness may remain for a long time or may even be permanent. The cosmetic surgeon can reduce this risk by trying to cause minimal disturbance to the nerve pathways during the course of the surgery.
Implant Rupture or Shifting
Rarely, the implant may shift from its original position within the initial few days following breast augmentation. Women with oversized implants experience a higher risk of implant displacement.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kiran Gill receives patients from Naples, Marco Island, South Florida, and nearby areas in this part of the southeast for breast implant surgery and various other aesthetic and reconstructive procedures.
Dr. Kiran Gill is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. To learn more about her cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and and treatments call 239.596.8000 or click here. Taking new patients in Naples, Marco Island, South Florida and surrounding areas.