A breast implant is a medically unnecessary device that is inserted to create shape or increase/restore volume in the breast.

There are many things that are beyond the surgeon or the patient’s control, such as how your body responds to the implant. And because of this, the implant may not end up in the right place, which can result in bottoming out, ptosis (sagging), lateral displacement or medialisation/symmastia (implants meeting in the middle of your chest).

The general risks associated with breast augmentation are the surgical risk and anaesthetic risk.

Surgery and anaesthesia is a physiological stress that tends to magnify anything you have, including things you don’t even know about yet. Having cosmetic surgery is an emotional journey, and anaesthetic tends to make you a little depressed which can lead to a rollercoaster of emotions on your decision to have the surgery in the first place.

Risks of Surgery

All surgery carries the following risks:

  • Bleeding – during and after surgery
  • Infection – immediately following surgery and even months after
  • Anaesthetic issues – allergic reaction, systemic reaction, sore throat from the tube, infection/inflammation of the IV site
  • Scarring
  • Fluid retention
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Nerve damage


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