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What Are the Risks of Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S. Every year hundreds of thousands of women opt for the surgery to enhance their breast size and shape. How safe is breast augmentation? What are the risks? Find out below.

What Symptoms Can I Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery?

You should be able to return home just a few hours after your breast augmentation. Soreness, swelling, and tenderness are common, but these side effects should fade quickly. We’ll provide pain medication to help you stay comfortable and encourage lots of rest, especially in the first couple of days after surgery. Gentle walking is encouraged to increase your circulation as you heal.

What Are the Risks of Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation patients are generally highly satisfied with their results. A study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that 98% of women undergoing breast augmentation said the results met or exceeded their expectations. Yes, there are risks from any surgery, but when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Sajjadian, breast augmentation is relatively safe.

Some potential risks from breast augmentation include:

  • Capsular Contracture– Capsular contracture is one of the most frequent and most important breast augmentation risks. This occurs when the capsule around the implant contracts, causing the implant to feel hard. In more extreme cases capsular contracture can be painful or cause breast distortion.
  • Reoperation– When planning your initial breast augmentation, it is important to realize that future surgeries may be needed. Some common reasons for reoperation include breast size change, capsular contracture, leak or rupture, etc.
  • Loss of Sensation– Breast augmentation surgery can cut the nerves in the breasts. Often sensation returns, but some patients do experience a lasting change in breast or nipple sensation.
  • Implant Rupture– Today’s modern implants are stronger than ever and rupture is not common, but it is a possibility. If you’re worried about rupture, talk with Dr. Sajjadian. Some implant types are less likely to leak than others.

We’ll discuss the risks of breast augmentation during your consultation. Ask us any questions you may have.

How Can I Increase My Chances of Breast Augmentation Success?

If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, choose your surgeon carefully. Your risks will be lower if you choose a surgeon that is methodical, patient, and continually working to improve their outcome. Dr. Sajjadian specializes in breast surgery and is one of the top breast surgeons in Southern California. He is one of only a few triple board certified plastic surgeons in the country. Call and schedule your consultation with Dr. Sajjadian today.