Risks Related To Breast Augmentation & Implants

Risks Related To Breast Augmentation & Implants

Breast augmentation surgery is generally considered a safe procedure but it is not exempt from the risks and possible complications that are inherent to any surgery. In this article, we cover the risks and rare complications of breast augmentation and breast implant surgery. 

Capsular contracture

Among the complications associated with Michigan breast augmentation surgery, perhaps the most frequent is the so-called “capsular contracture” effect. The capsule is a fibrous tissue that the body forms naturally around the implant. This tissue is beneficial if its formation is correctly directed, because it acts as a support or “internal bra”.

The capsules that generate abundant fibrous tissue (grades III and IV) can cause breast deformity and pain, therefore they should be treated almost always surgically. This occurs in a very low percentage of breast implant patients (approximately 1% -2%) and occurs due to the contraction of the “pocket” that forms around the implant.

When the capsular contracture is repetitive it can force the implant to be removed permanently. To adequately solve a severe capsular contracture it is necessary to remove the implant and remove all capsular tissue if possible. Although it is not mandatory, it is advisable to place new implants.

Capsules too soft (Grade 0) are equally problematic as they will be unable to support the weight of the implant, causing the breast to fall uncontrollably and accelerated over the months or years. Some incipient encapsulations can be treated with a medicine called Accolate® (Zafirlukast). This medicine, used for the control of asthmatic processes, does not have among its authorized uses the treatment of encapsulations, but several studies have casually shown that it is useful in these cases.

Breast cancer

To this day, no study has shown a correlation between breast implants and cancer or that they delay its correct diagnosis. However, it is necessary that when you undergo a radiological control of the breast (mammography) inform the radiologist that you have breast implants, since the study and its interpretation may be difficult in these situations.

Rarely, implant ruptures have been reported due to improperly performed mammograms. Mammography and/or ultrasounds prior to the operation are recommended to control future explorations.

Recently, a new pathology associated with breast implants MI called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma has been described. It is a rare form of lymphoma (a neoplasm originated in lymphocytes) that in its form associated with breast implants, manifests itself as a late inflammation (one year after the operation) of one or both breasts caused by the generation of a seroma (accumulation of serum inside the “pocket” that contains the implant).

It is estimated that the incidence of this disease is 1 in 300,000 patients and there are currently around 250 documented cases worldwide. The diagnosis of this pathology is usually simple and the treatment is curative in the vast majority of cases if the implants and the capsule that surrounds them are removed. Your Michigan breast reconstruction surgeon will have to remove your implants in this case.

Changes in breast tenderness

Although it should not be considered a complication, some women may notice changes in the sensitivity of the nipples or other areas of the breasts. These symptoms usually disappear in a short time and very rarely are permanent. There is no evidence that the presence of a breast implant affects fertility or gestation. It is important to keep in mind that if you have a pregnancy after surgery, your breasts may suffer changes in size and silhouette.

You should also bear in mind that any breast that is operated on may have an altered ability to produce milk. Often, patients wait until they no longer expect to bear children before having breast implants. Along with this surgery, they often combine it with a Michigan abdominoplasty and Michigan laser liposuction treatment for what is known as a mommy makeover, a popular cosmetic procedure in Michigan.

Rupture of the implant

Rupture of the implantOccasionally, and generally, derived from accidents, breast implants can break or tear. If this happens, a second intervention will be necessary to remove or replace them. At present, the high cohesion of silicone gels prevents spillage in the event of a rupture, which provides greater safety for the patient. The detection of a broken implant during the rhino postoperative period does not constitute a medical emergency, but it is advisable to treat it as soon as possible to replace it with a new one.

Regarding the time that breast implants last, there is no unanimous opinion due to numerous factors, among others the rapid development in implant manufacturing technology. As an empirical rule, it is advisable to perform a thorough exploration (including mammography, magnetic resonance and/or CAT scan) or to consider a replacement after fourteen years. How you can understand these data varies depending on the material of the implant and the Michigan plastic surgery patients opinion and decisions.

Other risks

As in any surgery, problems may arise due to excessive bleeding or infection of the implant, both circumstances may require urgent surgical interventions to solve them.

You should not be frightened by everything indicated in this article since they are very infrequent and controllable situations, especially if the surgery is performed by experienced surgeons such as those who work with SurgeonGate. If you are looking for an experienced breast augmentation surgeon, make sure to request a consultation with SurgeonGate today and follow our breast health blog!