Breast Implants Risks

Breast Implants Risks

Breast implants can give you amazing results. It can help promote self-confidence especially in the women who have lost their breast in tumor removal surgery or due to mastectomy. However, there are certain risks in this surgical procedure that can give rise to some serious complications and unwanted results. Before you undergo breast implant surgery, you should clearly know about the breast implants risks.

There may be various types of breast implants risks including general surgical risks, specific implant risks and potential cosmetic problems. Among the general surgical risks, an allergic reaction to anesthesia as well as vomiting, nausea and fever are the most common. There is a possibility of developing an infection and hematoma leading to pain, swelling and bruising due to surgery. Hemorrhage (abnormal bleeding) and thrombosis (abnormal clotting) are also possible complications of implant surgery. There may be skin necrosis due to inadequate blood flow to the skin. Cortisone-like drugs, too large implants or smoking can lead to increased risk for skin necrosis. 

Some breast implants risks are associated particularly with implants such as capsular contracture, leak or rupture, change or loss of sensation, calcium deposits and interference with mammography readings. When any kind of breast implant is inserted in the body, the reaction of the body can be seen in the form of development of a protective lining around it which is known as the “capsule” or “tissue capsule.” The capsule is developed by body’s own living tissues. It normally happens in every implant irrespective of whether the implant is silicone or saline, smooth or textured. In some cases, the capsule tends to shrink and squeezes the implant due to some unknown reasons which is known as capsular contracture. A scar formed around the implant can make the implants to look unnatural. In case of moderate or severe capsular contracture, surgery may be required to correct the problem. Surgery involves removal of the scar and placing a new implant.

Leak or ruptures is among the most common breast implants risks. Saline implants can leak or rupture suddenly and shrink. They usually require immediate replacement or removal. If the valves leak, the implants should be removed. In some cases, the implants can move from the position in the right, left, upward or downward direction. If you notice such changes, you may require further surgery to place the implant in at its original position.

There may be change in sensation or complete loss of sensation following the surgery. It is common in nipple or breast tissue. It may be temporary or permanent. There may be rippling of implants in which there is visible appearance of waviness of the skin. It can result from the saline shifting inside the implants. There may be calcium deposition near the implant which can cause hardening and pain.

Breast implants can cause interference with mammography readings which can delay the detection of breast cancer. It may be difficult to differentiate between the tumor and calcium deposits developed in the scar tissue.

Besides this, there may be some cosmetic problems that arise due to breast implants risks. Poor choice of size can result in undesired effects such as too big or too small breasts. You may have to undergo further surgery because of capsular contracture, rippling, infection, deflation and displacement if you desire a different size for different reasons.