Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation
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Like any surgery, breast augmentation comes with a certain amount of risk. We want all of our patients to be well informed about potential risks and be able to make educated decisions about choosing your procedure. When you choose breast augmentation with Glendale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik, he puts his years of experience and surgical skill to use to provide a safe procedure with natural-looking results.
One of the risks associated with breast implants is called capsular contracture. This occurs when the pocket of tissue (called a capsule) surrounding your implant tightens around the breast implant. The tightened tissue will put pressure on your implant and can make your breast feel firm or painful. Correction of this complication may require additional surgery.
Both saline and silicone breast implants can rupture. A rupture is a tear in the outer shell of the implant. Saline implants will deflate as the saltwater solution leaks from the shell. Because the gel in silicone implants is thicker, it generally will remain in the shell. Periodic MRIs can detect silicone implant ruptures. Surgery will be required to replace or remove a ruptured implant.
With any surgery, there is a risk of infection, and breast augmentation is no different. Dr. Angelchik and his team provide a safe and sterile surgical environment to reduce your risk of infection and other complications like necrosis – the development of dead skin or tissue in the surgical area. Medications will be used to treat an infection.
Complications arising from breast surgery are rare, but you can help minimize these and other risks by following our post-operative care instructions. You should wear your compression garment to help minimize swelling and reduce the risk of capsular contracture. Dr. Angelchik will let you know when it is safe to begin breast massage and displacement exercises to help your body heal and accept the implant. To learn more about how breast augmentation can enhance your figure, please call 602-375-8888 or contact Paul Angelchik MD today to schedule your consultation with an experienced Glendale, Arizona, area plastic surgeon.