Breast Augmentation Poses Small Risk
Any type of surgery carries some risk, but is complication-free most of the time. The same thing can be said about the risks with breast augmentation. While the risks are extremely rare, we believe it is in your best interest to understand all there is to know about these risks with whatever procedure you decide to undergo with Dr. Angelchik.
Some of the risks involved with breast augmentation include:
- Infection – Dr. Angelchik will give you antibiotics as part of your post-op recovery. If you take them as prescribed, your chances of infection are virtually zero percent.
- Anesthesia – Using sedatives or anesthesia is a must with breast augmentation. The risk with anesthesia usually comes in the form of an allergic reaction. If this happens, Dr. Angelchik and his staff will deal with it immediately.
- Loss or change in sensation – Some patients may lose sensitivity in their breasts or nipples for a short amount of time after surgery. This may only last six to twelve weeks. However, in very rare instances, this loss is permanent.
- Scarring – Scarring is inevitable with breast augmentation. However, these scars will fade after about a year to be hardly noticeable. Some patients who are prone to excessive scarring need to keep this in mind when considering breast augmentation.
- Rippling – Saline implants are more prone to rippling than are silicone implants. Those placed behind the muscle, or submuscularly, are less likely to show rippling than those placed in front of the muscle.
- Deflation or leaking – If the implant’s shell fails, it can cause leaking of the saline or silicone. Saline is part of the body’s natural makeup, so if your saline implant leaks, it is absorbed into the body. Silicone will stay in the area of the breast and the entire implant will have to be replaced.
- Capsular contracture – This is a tightening around the implant caused by scarring that can be uncomfortable or painful. Massaging the implant and taking vitamin E supplement should minimize this effect. Some patients may require corrective surgery if the tightening becomes too much.