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Breast Implants Complications

There are many different breast implant complications that patients should be aware of. Local breast implant complications are the number one safety concern regarding breast implant surgery, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration. Local breast implant complications are adverse health problems that occur in the breast area after breast implant surgery for both augmentation and reconstructive purposes.

Expected Breast Implant Side Effects

Some degree of breast implant complications is almost inevitable after breast implant surgery, though these risks can be substantially mitigated with the knowledgeable services of a qualified plastic surgeon. After surgery, most women will experience breast implant complications that subside as the recovery period progresses including the following:

Adherence to all post operative care instructions in essential to reduce breast implant complications.

Atypical Breast Implant Complications

It is important for patients to understand that breast implants are not permanent. The average lifespan for breast implants is seven to ten years. However, there are several breast implant complications that can occur after breast implant surgery that would cause an additional surgery before the life of the implant has expired.

  • difficulty breast feeding
  • unacceptable dimpling, puckering, rippling, or wrinkling of the breasts
  • asymmetry
  • persistant pain
  • tissue atrophy
  • calcium deposit accumulation
  • chest wall deformity
  • infection
  • malpositioning
  • hematoma
  • seroma
  • symmastia
  • granulomas
  • scarring
  • loss of sensation
  • cyst development
  • capsular contracture

Capsular contracture is one of the most serious breast implant complications. Because breast implants are foreign objects, the body will build a capsule or scar tissue around the implant which can apply significant pressure to the breast implants. This can cause the implants to rupture or deflate. These breast implant complications occur in more than fifty percent of breast implant patients in the first ten years following surgery. Rupture and deflation breast implant complications can also occur as a result of aging, damage to implants during insertion, compression during a mammogram, and over/under filling.

Disease Related Breast Implant Complications

There are also a number of disease related breast implant complications that are possibly (though not scientifically proven) to be associated with breast implants. These include connective tissue diseases (i.e. lupus, arthritis), autoimmune diseases, some cancers, and neurological problems.

Contact A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Near You

Breast implant complications usually require additional non-surgical or surgical medical procedures. Re-operation is necessary in 25 percent of all augmentation patients and 46 percent of all reconstructive patients within the first five years. In 2003 59,000 patients had removal operations because of breast implant complications. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is important to weight the risks of breast implant complications against the intended benefits of the procedure. For more information about breast implant complications, please contact us to confer with a qualified plastic surgeon in your area.