Breast augmentation is one of safest plastic surgery procedures.
Numerous studies have shown that today’s breast implants are safe and carry no increased risk for illness. Dr. Ciaravino’s experience and expertise are two factors that keep risks and complications to a minimum. His special surgical technique that minimizes blood loss, swelling, and discomfort has made post-operative problems extremely rare in his practice.
While complications are extremely rare, it is essential that you are completely aware of the risks.
- Capsular contracture – This is scarring that may form around the implant, causing the breast to look unnatural, feel firm, or painful. Severe capsular contracture may require surgery to correct the problem.
- Saline deflation – Saline implants may leak causing the breast to shrink. Removal of the implant and replacement with a new one would be required. If your saline implant deflates, the saline is safely absorbed into your body.
- Silicone rupture – Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. If one ruptures, the thick cohesive gel remains within the capsule cavity and is not absorbed by your body. New implants would be required. Although silicone has been deemed safe by the FDA, a rupture may cause capsular contracture.
- Rippling – One may see or feel "wrinkles" or the edge of the implant. This is more common with saline implants, especially in thin patients.
- Infection – Infection occurs in less than one percent of all implant procedures. If there is an infection, it is most often treated with antibiotics and removal of the implant. In severe cases, you must wait several months before a new implant can be placed.
- Change in sensation – Numbness or heightened sensitivity may occur following breast augmentation. Symptoms may last for a few weeks after your surgery. In rare instances, these changes can be permanent.
- Implant Displacement – Breast implants may shift from their desired position. The larger the implant, the greater the chance that it will move downward or outward.
- Hematoma – Bleeding may occur following surgery which results in a hematoma, or collection of blood, which would require re-operation.
- Additional surgery – May be required to treat a complication, improve the result, or change the implants.
Other risks exist that are not listed above. These will be discussed during the consent process prior to surgery. For additional information about the risks of breast augmentation, please contact Dr. Ciaravino in the Houston and Sugar Land, Texas area.
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