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    What are the risks of breast augmentation?

    shutterstock 131719940 e1559181633460 261x300 - What are the risks of breast augmentation?Due to the developments in surgical techniques and availability of superior implant types, breast augmentation plastic surgery has become relatively less invasive over the last few years.

    At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about the risks associated with breast augmentation surgery. The primary concern of a responsible surgeon will be to allow the patient to make a well-considered choice.

    Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implants to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.


    Risks Associated with Implants

    Breast enhancement plastic surgery involves certain risks that are associated with the placement of saline or silicone breast implants.

    Capsular Contracture

    The body will initiate the healing process once the implants are surgically inserted in the breast tissue. This will cause scar tissue to develop around the breast implants. However, sometimes the scar tissue may shrink or tighten and exert excessive pressure on the implants.

    As the scar tissue contracts, the implants may get squeezed due to this pressure. This will cause the implants to lose their shape, move from their position, or sustain damage.

    Certain patients may also experience pain as the breast capsule hardens. The cosmetic surgeon may recommend plastic surgery to address this issue.

    Implant Rippling

    Sometimes the breast implant size may be too large relative to the available breast skin to cover the implant properly.

    This can cause wrinkles or folds in the implant leading to a rippling effect on the surface of the skin.

    This effect causes distortion in the natural breast appearance.

    A qualified and experienced plastic surgeon will recommend an appropriate implant size and shape with the objective of minimizing this risk.

    Implant Shifting or Rupture

    In rare cases, the implant may move from its original position shortly after the surgery. The risk of displacement is higher with bigger implants. All implant types have an associated risk of implant rupture.

    If a saline implant ruptures, it will immediately deflate, and the patient will notice it. But silicone implant ruptures are only visible during a breast MRI. The patient will require implant replacement or removal to correct these problems.


    Surgery-related Risks


    The risk of infection is higher during and immediately after breast augmentation surgery. The surgical venue should maintain sterile conditions, and the patient should make sure that the incision areas are clean and dry to reduce this risk.

    Seroma and Hematoma

    Collection of fluid under the skin after breast enhancement surgery can lead to inflammation of the tissue. Seroma and hematoma risks can be reduced if the surgeon places temporary drain tubes in the incision areas.

    Numbness in Nipples

    There may be a change in the sensitivity, sensation, or numbness in the nipple area after breast enhancement surgery. This condition usually resolves on its own but may become permanent in rare cases.

    Unfavorable Scarring

    Breast augmentation involves some amount of scarring. But the scarring can be made discreet by placing incisions in inconspicuous locations.

    Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.

    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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