Just like with any surgical procedure, although rare, complications can arise. These include fluid retention, excessive blood loss and fluid loss, infection, reactions to anesthesia medications, pigmentation changes (hypo/hyper), and temporary skin numbness—these are expected and typically temporary.
There are certain potential complications specific to breast augmentation:
• Implant Leakage or Rupture: Over time, one or both implants may develop leaks. In the case of saline implants, the body safely absorbs the saltwater. However, if silicone implants rupture, the silicone filling remains in place. In either case, the implant shell must be removed, and replacement is necessary.
• Formation of Tight Scar Tissue (Capsular Contracture): The body’s natural response to a foreign object is to form fibrous tissue around it. Occasionally, this tissue becomes excessively thick, causing the breast to stiffen and resulting in pain and discomfort. It can even impact the breast’s shape. Surgical intervention is necessary to address this issue. Placing implants beneath the muscle can lower the risk of capsular contracture.
• Breast Cancer Detection Challenge: Breast implants can complicate the detection of breast cancer through mammography. Alternative cancer screening methods, such as MRI and ultrasound, may be employed for accurate detection.
Remember, your surgeon will discuss these potential complications with you and take steps to minimize risks throughout your breast augmentation journey.