Risks of Breast Augmentation – Breast Implant Risks
Breast Implant Surgery Risks – Originally Published October 2016. Last updated November 2018.
- All breast surgery carries risks. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne or Sydney will go over these risks with you in detail during a confidential consultation for your breast implant surgery, breast lift surgery or breast reduction surgery.
- Choosing whether or not a breast surgery is right for you is a very personal decision. Breast enhancement surgery, like all surgery, carries certain risks and complications.
- Your surgeon and nurse coordinator will take you through the risks and complications associated with breast surgery to ensure you understand and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
- After this you’ll be asked to sign a consent form indicating you fully understand the procedure, the associated risks, and potential complications issues.
Risks of General Breast Surgery including Augmentation
General Anaesthesia – Prior to surgery you will be provided with the details of your anaesthetist in order to discuss any specific concerns you may have. Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia.
Bleeding (Haematoma) – Sometimes following surgery, a collection of blood may pool at the surgical site. If this occurs, a visit to the operating theatre may be required to remove the haematoma.
Infection – If an infection develops following surgery, your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics and monitor your progress closely.
Delayed Wound Healing – Delayed wound healing will sometimes be seen in patients who are overweight or smokers, or where an infection develops. Your surgeon and nurse coordinator will manage the healing process and take necessary steps if delayed wound healing occurs.
Nipple Sensitivity Changes (May be temporary or permanent)
- Most patients find they lose nipple sensation temporarily after surgery.
- However, this generally returns to normal after about six months.
- Very rarely, permanent loss of nipple sensation can occur.
- Description and Definition: Necrosis of the skin, including nipple area necrosis, is a very rare complication that can affect ALL or PART of the nipple area.
- Necrosis has been found to occur more often in people who smoke and this is one of many reasons you should NEVER smoke if you are having surgery (smoking is a NO NO before and after surgery).
- Necrosis is also a higher surgery risk when a breast procedure is performed by a less-trained or unskilled doctor such as a non-Specialist or under-qualified overseas medical tourism clinic that employs inexperienced, junior surgeons for breast procedures.
- Most women will naturally have some degree of unevenness to their breasts.
- Your breasts start out uneven and surgery may or may not make that MORE noticeable or LESS noticeable – it depends on your physique and your surgery decisisions.
- This will be taken into account prior to the surgery and there are some corrective measures that your Surgeon can take to reduce uneven breasts.
- But it should be understood that asymmetry is usual/normal, and may still be visible after surgery as well as before surgery.
- Ask your Surgeon about asymmetry corrections for severely asymmetric breasts.
Breastfeeding – As with any breast surgery, ability to breastfeed may be affected after a breast reduction surgery.
Allergies – Please let your surgeon and nurse coordinator know if you have any allergies to the following; surgical tape, suture materials, glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents.
BIA-ALCL – A rare condition linked only with certain types of breast implants or bacterial contamination (scientific research continues). Far lower risk than breast cancer as a whole and currently believed very rare PLUS only linked to specific types of breast implant textures. Read more.
- According to the American Cancer Society, there is no causal link between breast implants and breast cancer.
- Implants can make it more difficult to see breast tissue through standard mammograms; however, there are screening techniques available which give a more thorough picture.
- Risks of ALCL are being investigated but it is NOT breast cancer.
Risks of Breast Implants – Industry Updates and Registers
The answer depends on exactly what type of breast surgery. For safety and better results, it is best to avoid surgery using incisions around the nipple areola complex and avoid having ‘above the muscle’ implant placement. You should also choose an experienced plastic surgeon – not a underqualified ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ or physician.
We generally recommend either ‘below the muscle’ implants and making incisions under the breast for the best breast surgery results if you are going to breastfeed children later in life or want the lowest chance of loss of nipple sensation.