I am considering breast implants but thought I'd ask the plastic surgeons on here (thank you for all your answering!), what are the most common breast implant complaints you get. Are these complaints temporary matters or permanent issues?
Breast Implant Complaints
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Risks of Breast Augmentation.
There are risks to crossing the street or flying in an airplane and, of course, there are risks to any surgical procedure. These risks can occur regardless of surgeon or technique. These include but are not limited to: infection, hematoma, discomfort, wound breakdown, hypertrophic scar formation, asymmetry, unfavorable healing, implant infection exposure, rupture, deflation, palpability, visibility, distortion with muscular contraction, capsular contracture, interference with mammography or surgical evaluation of breast masses, interference with nipple sensation with nursing and aging, need for secondary surgical revisions, and inability to guarantee a specific cosmetic result. Although many other claims of diseases associated with silicone breast implants have been reported these have not been substantiated by major studies.
Complaints over implants
Complaints are usually related to implant problems like rippling, capsular contractures, size issues, etc..
Complaints after breast implants
Almost all of the complaints that I hear from my breast implant patients are temporary. The number one complaint is postoperative pain, but this usually resolves within a few days and is easily controlled with oral medication. A lot of patients used to suffer from nausea and vomiting after breast surgery, but nowadays we have newer, better medications that really minimize this problem. Because I do a lot of submuscular augmentations (implants are placed beneath the pectoralis muscle on the chest), patients may temporarily complain of appearing too full high on the chest for the first few months after surgery. This issue always resolves with time as the muscle relaxes and stretches to accommodate the implant. Happily, long-term complaints related to breast implants are really very rare, and may sometimes be related to trouble fending off excess attention from the opposite sex.
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Complications following breast augmentation.
1) Breast augmentation, like all surgery, can have potential complications, and , very rarely, even serious or permanent ones. For example, the breasts can have poor shape, or be too firm. So you have to be motivated. Most patients are very happy.
2) The most important thing is to go to an experienced cosmetic surgeon. You will find links on my web site to the national societies, for names of surgeons near you.
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