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Risks and Complications with Breast Augmentation



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This is the most common complication of having breast implants. Capsular Contracture can occur after an implant has been in position for a few weeks or months. The fibrous tissue or capsule that normally forms around the implant tighten and squeezes the implant. There are different grades of capsular contracture.  Please read more to learn the signs and symptoms of this complication, new advancements with non-invasive treatments and also choices of surgical intervention.




The tissue support at the bottom of the breast can weaken, allowing the breast implant to move downward forcing the bottom crease lower on the chest. Read more about how this complication can happen, view photos, and the surgical procedures needed to remedy. 




This condition, symmastia is commonly referred to as "breadloafing" or "uni-boob", occurs when two implants touch one another in the center of the chest. If the horizontal muscle that is connected to the sternum and goes across the implant is cut during surgery, then the implant can move toward the middle of the chest. 

Symmastia Photos




As with any surgical procedure, infection can occur during or after the breast implant operation. Infections with an implant present are sometimes harder to treat than infections in normal body tissues. If an infection does not respond to antibiotics, the implant may have to be removed.  Read more about the signs and symptoms of an infection.

Breast Augmentation Infection Photos




All implants have the potential for deflation or rupture to occur. Implants are not lifetime devices.  Read more about risks that contribute to this and why deflation/rupture can occur.




Double bubble can occur with women who have some ptosis or sagging to their breast  and might need a slight lift, and the patient decides against it. Double bubble can also occur with a sharply defined inframammary fold under the breast.




The formation of dead tissue around the implant; may prevent wound healing and require surgical correction and/or implant removal. Read more on this complication and what contributes to this.




Extrusion is when the breast implant comes through the skin. Read more about this problem.




Some patients might experience delayed wound healing time. Read here to find out what contributes to this.




The pressure of the breast implant may cause breast tissue thinning.




A hematoma is a collection of blood inside a body cavity.




A seroma is a collection of the watery portion of the blood (in this case, around the implant or around the incision)




What to expect after surgery with nipple or breast changes.




Sometimes after breast implant surgery, you may begin producing breast milk. This is more likely if you have previously lactated. The milk production often stops spontaneously or medication may be given to suppress milk production. In rare cases, if the lactation does not stop, implant removal may be needed.




Not really a complication, however something that can show up anywhere after surgery. Mondor’s Cord are a superficial thrombophlebitis in which they appear with firm “cord-like” bands that form just under the skin near the breast. 




Although this is very disturbing to many patients, this is not really a complication or a risk, as rippling will occur with all implants. Read more about what to expect with rippling and implants.




Implant displacement and asymmetric position is the second most frequent complaint by the patient after augmentation. Dissatisfying results such as rippling, asymmetrical implant displacement, incorrect size, unanticipated shape, implant palpability, scar deformity, hypertrophic scarring and or sloshing can occur. More information here about careful surgical planning and technique can minimize but do not always prevent results such as these.