Breast Augmentation Risks and Complications - August 2019
Be informed before proceeding with Breast Augmentation Surgery. This is after all surgery and it does come with risks and complications. Whilst the procedure is fairly straight forward and the risks are low, there is absolutely nothing to say that it won’t happen to you ! No fluff, No Puff – no at Esteem Cosmetic Studio ☺ We always strive to educate patients and to ensure they are fully informed of risks before saying Yes to surgery. 

This useful information was obtained from https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/breast- implants/risks-and-complications-breast-implants 

Fact: Breast implants are not lifetime devices. The longer you have breast implants, the more likely it is that complications will occur and you will need to have them removed. There is no guarantee that you will have a satisfactory cosmetic outcome from any reoperation

Implant Complications 

The following is a list of local complications and adverse outcomes that occur in at least 1 percent of breast implant patients at any time. You may need non-surgical treatments or additional surgeries to treat any of these, and you should discuss any complication and necessary treatment with your doctor. These complications are not in order of how often they occur. 

Complication Description
Asymmetry The breasts are uneven in appearance in terms of size, shape or breast level.
Breast Pain Pain in the nipple or breast area
Breast Tissue Atrophy Thinning and shrinking of the skin
Calcification/Calcium Deposits Hard lumps under the skin around the implant. These can be mistaken for cancer during mammography, resulting in additional surgery.
Capsular Contracture Tightening of the tissue capsule around an implant, resulting in firmness or hardening of the breast and squeezing of the implant if severe. 
Chest Wall Deformity Chest wall or underlying rib cage appears deformed.
Deflation Leakage of the saltwater (saline) solution from a saline-filled breast implant, often due to a valve leak or a tear or cut in the implant shell (rupture), with partial or complete collapse of the implant. 
Delayed Wound Healing Incision site fails to heal normally or takes longer to heal. 
Extrusion The skin breaks down and the implant appears through the skin.
Seroma Collection of fluid around the implant. May cause swelling, pain and bruising. The body may absorb small seromas. Large ones will require a surgical drain 
Skin Rash A rash on or around the breast.
Unsatisfactory Style/Size Patient or doctor is not satisfied with the overall look based on the style or size of the implant used. 
Visibility The implant can be seen through the skin.
Wrinkling/Rippling Wrinkling of the implant that can be felt or seen through the skin.
Hematoma Collection of blood near the surgical site. May cause swelling, bruising and pain. Hematomas usually occur soon after surgery, but can occur any time there is injury to the breast. The body may absorb small hematomas, but large ones may require medical intervention, such as surgical draining. 
Iatrogenic Injury/Damage Injury or damage to tissue or implant as a result of implant surgery
Infection, including Toxic Shock Syndrome Occurs when wounds are contaminated with microorganisms, such as bacteria or fungi. Most infections resulting from surgery appear within a few days to a week, but infection is possible any time after surgery. If an infection does not respond to antibiotics, the implant may need to be removed.
Inflammation/Irritation Response by the body to an infection or injury. Demonstrated by redness, swelling, warmth, pain and or/loss of function.
Lymphedema or Lymphadenopathy Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes
Malposition/Displacement The implant is not in the correct position in the breast. This can happen during surgery or afterwards if the implant moves or shifts from its original location. Shifting can be caused by factors such as gravity, trauma or capsular contracture. 
Necrosis Dead skin or tissue around the breast. Necrosis can be caused by infection, use of steroids in the surgical breast pocket, smoking, chemotherapy/radiation, and excessive heat or cold therapy. 
Nipple/Breast Sensation Changes An increase or decrease in the feeling in the nipple and/or breast. Can vary in degree and may be temporary or permanent. May affect sexual response or breast feeding. 
Palpability The implant can be felt through the skin.
Ptosis Breast sagging that is usually the result of normal aging, pregnancy or weight loss. 
Redness/Bruising Bleeding at the time of surgery can cause the skin to change color. This is an expected symptom due to surgery, and is likely temporary.
Rupture A tear or hole in the implant’s outer shell.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team should you want to have a frank , open, honest consultation with Dr Pedro Valente. Phone: 1300 378 336 or email rena@esteemstudio.com.au 

 


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