Improvements in surgical techniques over the years have led to the breast implant plastic surgery procedure becoming relatively less invasive. This has also helped to mitigate the risks and complications involved in the procedure. However, some risks remain inherent to breast implant surgery, including some risks which are unique due to the involvement of implants.
At the time of pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about all aspects of breast implants, including its potential risks and safety. The first concern of a responsible surgeon will be to ensure that the patient is able to make well-considered decision. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides breast implant surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other communities across the landscape.
Breast implant surgery involves placement of saline or silicone gel implants in the breast tissue. Certain risks arising due to implants may include:
The implantation of a foreign body in the breast tissue will trigger the natural defense mechanism of the body. This will lead to the scar tissue formation around the implants. In certain cases, the scar tissue may become excessively hard or may contract, placing the implants under extra pressure.
The implant will be squeezed due to the tightening of scar tissue, causing it to move from its position, become misshaped, or getting damaged. The patient may also experience pain or discomfort as the breast capsule becomes harder. In these conditions, the surgeon may recommend breast implant revision plastic surgery.
If the patient has chosen large sized breast implants, but the available breast skin is insufficient to properly cover the implant, it may cause the implant to develop wrinkles or folds. This can lead to a rippling effect on the surface of the breast skin, creating an unsightly breast appearance.
An experienced surgeon will ensure that the patient chooses an implant size and shape that is appropriate to her breast anatomy and poses minimal risk of implant rippling. Committed cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for breast implants.
Implant Shifting or Rupture
In exceptional situations, the implant may move from its original position soon after the breast implant surgery. The risk of implant displacement increases in case of larger implants, but implant rupture risk is inherent to all types of implants.
If the rupture occurs in saline implants, it will cause quick deflation of the implant and the problem will be identified. But in case of silicone implants, sometimes the rupture may not be noticed without an x-ray. To correct these conditions, the surgeon may recommend breast implant replacement or removal surgery.
Infection risks are unavoidable in any surgical procedure, but they can be minimized by choosing an accredited surgical facility with stringent quality standards.
Numbness in Nipples
Numbness, sensitivity and altered sensation in the nipple area may sometimes occur after breast implant surgery. In most cases, the condition will resolve in two to three months.
This risk can be minimized when the surgeon places incisions in discreet locations around the breasts.
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