As with any surgery, Breast Augmentation has its share of risks. Here are some of the situations that may arise.
After the Breast Augmentation procedure, a lining forms around the implant that is known as the capsule. In certain situations, this capsule can thicken and contract, squeezing the implant. This condition is called capsular contracture. Symptoms can range from mild pain and firmness to severe pain, distorted shape and/or movement of the breast implant. Additional surgery may be needed in cases of severe pain or deformity.
Very occasionally and for a variety of reasons, the implants can leak. In the case of a saline implant, the leak will be easily detected since the implant will deflate over time. It is not as easily detected with silicone implants. In fact, it’s typically only found with an MRI. In the case of saline implants, surgery is usually desired to replace the deflated implants. In the case of silicone implants when leakage is found, surgery is required.
As with all surgeries, infection can occur with Breast Augmentation. Infections may occur from a few days to several weeks after the surgery. When it does occur, it is treated with antibiotics. If the infection does not respond to these, the breast implant may need to be removed and replaced with another implant after the infection is gone.
There are various reasons some women have for choosing to have their implants removed, from issues with their implants as noted above, a manufacturer recall (i.e., Allergan’s recall of its textured implants), desire for smaller or larger breasts, or simply no longer wanting implant. Surgical options include implant removal alone; implant removal and replacement; implant removal and capsulectomy (removal of the implant along with the scar tissue around the implant); or implant removal with a breast lift to address the sagging that naturally occurs with larger breasts.
To determine how Dr. Singer can help you with Breast Implant Problems, you should start with a consultation with our practice. That’s the best way that we know to get all your questions answered and for us to get a clear understanding of your goals. Then we’ll educate you about your available options, likely outcomes, risks, and recovery. Contact us at 727.547.9244 to schedule your appointment.
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