Breast enlargement is one of the most common forms of plastic surgery performed in the United States. However, like with all surgeries, breast enlargement carries risks and possible complications. Breast enlargement risks or complications can arise during two different periods in the breast enlargement process. During the surgery, complications can arise from surgical problems, and after the breast enlargement surgery, complications like capsular contracture can arise.
Some of the most common risks and complications associated with breast enlargement are:
- Infection. This is a complication that can occur in any surgery. Selecting a professional plastic surgeon with a sterile facility reduces risk of infection. Infections can be easily corrected if detected early, but can lead to breast implant removal if allowed to progress. Contact your plastic surgeon if you experience any infection symptoms, like swelling, discharge, redness, or excessive pain.
- Capsular Contracture. This post-surgical complication arises when scar tissue forms around the breast implant, causing it to look misshapen and feel hard. In order to prevent capsular contracture, the breast can be massaged after the surgery. Cutting or removing the scar tissue can correct capsular contracture. Unfortunately, if capsular contracture occurs, the cause is not always known.
- Bottoming Out. Bottoming out usually occurs as a result of over-dissection of the breast enlargement pocket, allowing the breast implant to sit too low within the breast. One of the best ways to prevent this complication is to choose an experienced breast enlargement surgeon. An experienced breast enlargement surgeon will be able to better place your breast implant pocket.
- Symmastia. Symmastia also occurs when the breast implant pockets are over-dissected. Unlike bottoming out, symmastia occurs when the breast implant pocket is made too close to the cleavage area, causing breasts to touch in the middle. Like bottoming out, symmastia can be prevented by selecting an experienced breast enlargement surgeon.
- Change in Sensation. In the past, incisions around the areola posed the risk of damaging nerves and altering the way a woman’s breast felt. Now, with new breast enlargement techniques, incisions do not have to be made around the areola, lessening the chance of changes in sensation after breast enlargement.
- Poor Aesthetic Results. Breast enlargement is unique to each woman. Make sure you discuss extensively the results you want with your breast enlargement surgeon. Bring in examples of what you would like to look like from magazines, review before and after photos of other patients, and keep in mind that bigger is not always better.
The best way to prevent complications and risks from arising during or after your breast enlargement surgery is to choose an experienced plastic surgeon and schedule an initial consultation. During your initial consultation, you will be able to learn all about the different breast enlargement risks and how to prevent them.