Breast Augmentation Side Effects and Risks
- Posted on: Nov 8 2013
With every passing year, new technology and medical breakthroughs make plastic surgery safer. But even with the latest techniques, any invasive surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk. Dr. Christopher J. Kovanda has been providing Minneapolis patients with safe and successful breast augmentation for years, and is familiar with the range of side effects that can occur.
While most side effects are common and will fade with time, some rare complications can demand that you take notice – if you are undergoing breast augmentation, it can pay to understand and stay aware of possible side effects and complications that can arise as a result of your procedure.
Common Temporary Side Effects of Breast Augmentation
As you wake up and return home following your breast augmentation procedure, you may observe several side effects during the healing process:
- Swelling: All surgery can cause swelling, along with redness and discomfort.
- Discomfort: In the first few days of healing, you may experience anything from pain to mild discomfort.
- Changes in Sensitivity: As you heal, you may find that your breasts are more sensitive.
- Settling: The appearance of your breasts one day after surgery can be quite different from how they will appear months later. Expect the shape and placement of your breast implants to change slightly with time as they settle within your body.
Long-Lasting Side Effects of Breast Augmentation
Some side effects of breast augmentation can last well beyond the healing process. These side effects can include:
- Lost Sensation: After undergoing breast augmentation surgery, some patients experience a loss of sensation in the breast, areola, or nipple areas. This can result from nerve damage due to incisions or placement of the implant. In some cases, this loss of sensation can be permanent.
- Difficulty Breastfeeding: In some but not all women, placement of a breast implant can block milk ducts and complicate the breastfeeding process. If you are considering having children in the future after your breast augmentation surgery, be sure to bring it up with your cosmetic surgeon – he or she may be able to devise a surgery plan based on this information.
Dangerous Side Effects of Breast Augmentation
Some risks from breast augmentation are rare, but if experienced they can be a threat to your health:
- Rupture or Deflation: Both saline and silicone gel implants are at risk for rupturing and deflation. This is when a puncture appears in the membrane of the implant, allowing its saline or silicone filling to leak out into the body. If this happens, your implant should be removed and possibly replaced as soon as possible.
- Capsular Contracture: Some women may develop fibrous tissue around the implant, causing discomfort, stretching, or displacement of the implant itself. Patients experiencing capsular contracture must undergo an additional surgery to remove the extra tissue and correct the problem.
- Infection: Swelling and pain are a normal part of the healing process after breast augmentation surgery. But too much swelling and pain, along with symptoms like redness and fever, can be telltale signs of an infection at the surgical site. This may be treated with anything from antibiotics to implant removal depending on the severity.
Contact Your Plastic Surgery Specialist Today
While some side effects may be cause for alarm, most are only temporary and can fade from your memory completely as you heal and your new and improved breast structure develops. Contact the office of Dr. Kovanda today to book a consultation and discuss any concerns or questions about the breast augmentation process.
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