General questions about Breast Augmentation

What are the risks involved with breast augmentation?

As with any type of  surgery, there are some risks. Fortunately, with breast augmentation, the risks are very small. Your safety is of the number one priority to Dr. Ciaravino and his staff. Some of the risks of breast augmentation include infection, hematoma, and displacement of the implant. Some  women can see or feel the edge of their implants. Implant deflation is also possible, as is capsular contracture – a tightening of the scar tissue around the implant.

Again, these risks are small, but you should be aware of them.

What is Capsular Contracture?

If you have been researching breast augmentation, you may have run across capsular contracture, a potential risk of the breast implant procedure. However, rather than let this very small risk scare you away from breast augmentation, you need to understand that it is just one concern that may be avoided.

To be sure, capsular contracture is a potential problem when it occurs. It is the result of excess scar tissue forming around the breast implant. This causes the breast implant to feel hard and immobile. Capsular contracture also makes your breasts feel very tender to the touch. Women who have capsular contracture may need it relieved through an additional surgery.

There are things that can be done to lessen the risk of an already very small chance that you will have capsular contracture. One of these is to massage your breasts. Dr. Ciaravino will show you how to do this so that you are massaging correctly. Massage may keep scar tissue from causing you pain and discomfort.  Minimizing any risks to achieve a good outcome is very important.

Risks of capsular contracture are very small, just like the other risks that come with breast surgery. The best thing you can do is to speak with your breast surgeon about your concerns.

If you have concerns about capsular contracture and are in the Houston, Texas area, please contact Dr. Michael Ciaravino for an initial consultation.