Whats the Percentage of Something Going Wrong in a Breast Implant Procedure?

like infections , defections , mistakes, leaking of the shells

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Whats the Percentage of Something Going Wrong in a Breast Implant Procedure?

              Most of the issues that require reoperation in breast augmentation are not the result of complications like infection, capsular contracture, bleeding, and rupture, but rather are the result of technical aspects of the surgery not being appreciated fully.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of breast augmentations each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Risks and complications with a breast augmentation

With any surgery there are risk and complications.  There are many ways of going about understanding the operation as well as the risks.  Non one enters into an elective procedure with the thought of a complication but they can and do happen despite the best of intentions.  Some general risk are:

1. infection 1 out of 400

2. Bleeding 1 out of 100

3. capsular contracture .4 to 1% for submuscular implants

4. Implant rupture - Gel 1.1% over 10 years and 2.2% for saline implants

5. Implant malposition 3%

At the time a a consultation your plastic surgeon will review these risks in specific


Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Good question, elective cosmetic cases have a 1% chance of a complication in general and about 5% of women will want a size change 

Hope that helps and good luck

Ryan Neinstein, MD, FRCSC
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Complications with Breast Augmentation #breastimplants

The numbers were summarized nicely for you below. The bottom line is that most of these surgeries go very well, but there is always the chance for a complication in any operation. The main thing here is for you to ask your surgeon what their particular complication rates are. If you trust your surgeon then you have to leave the rest to fate. By and large most of these cases go without a hitch. 

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Risks of cosmetic surgery

have been itemized for you and in general, they are quite rate.  Risks must be accepted if you wish to have any cosmetic procedures realizing that in most instances, there is a happy ending.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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