Breast Implant Risks and Complications

Breast augmentation is among the most sort cosmetic surgery. Although breast implant will boost the self confidence of the patient, there are some risks and complications that many people are not aware of.


before and afters of a breast correction procedure
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Breast implant is among the most common cosmetic surgery in U.S. Like any other form of surgery, the parts where the fats are extracted may suffer excessive bleeding, formation of blood clots, excessive scarring and also some people suffer allergic reactions to anesthesia. Some studies link breast implant to increased risk of developing thromboembolism- this is a serious medical condition affecting brain, heart or lungs. Thromboembolism can be alleviated by avoiding sedentary lifestyle immediately after surgery.

Infection- although infections are rare, they can occur few days after surgery. Infection can also occur long after the operation even after the incisions have completely healed. At earlier stages, the infection can be diagnosed and be treated, but in severe cases, the implant may be removed until the infection subsides. Bottoming out. This is a complication that can occur if the implant rides too low in the breast. Bottoming out breast implant deformity is treated through breast implant revision surgery is done to recreate the pockets in the breast and hold the implant.

Double bubble- double bubble breast implant is a post-surgical complication that occurs when breasts implant drops down below the inframammary crease (the folds where breasts meet the chest). This creates lines or indentation across the lower parts of the breasts. The condition can correct on its own. Synmastia- this is a breast implant condition in which the breasts are too close to each other. Synmastia is corrected through breast revision surgery.

Galactorrhea- at times after breast augmentation, the patient may start producing milk. This is more likely to happen if you are breastfeeding or you have stopped breastfeeding recently. Galactorrhea is likely to stop after sometime, but in severe case, you need medication to suppress milk production. In worst case, the implant may be removed.

Although there are risks associated with breast augmentation, with proper skills and equipment, the complications can be avoided. With advancement in medical tools and equipment, cosmetic surgery success rate has significantly improved. Gone are the days when breast implant complications could not be avoided.

To avoid such risks and complications, you should look for a skilled and experienced breast augmentation surgeon. Look at the before and after surgery gallery. It is also very important to contact past clients to share the experience.