Breast Augmentation Risks & Safety
The success and safety of your breast augmentation procedure depends very much on your being completely candid during your consultation with Dr. Hedden. By being actively involved in the consultation, your problems, concerns and questions can be fully addressed by our board-certified plastic surgeon.
You will be asked a number of questions about your health, your goals for breast enhancement and your lifestyle. Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you are considering breast augmentation, your expectations and your desired outcome.
- Existing medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments.
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
- Previous surgeries.
- Family history of breast cancer and the results of any mammograms or previous biopsies.
Your plastic surgeon may also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors.
- Examine your breasts and take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality and the placement of your nipples.
- Take photographs for your medical record.
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment.
- Discuss likely outcomes and any risks or potential complications.
- Discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast augmentation procedure.
The decision to have breast augmentation surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
Dr. William Hedden and/or our highly-trained staff will explain in detail the risks associated with breast augmentation surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and the risks or potential complications.
Breast augmentation and breast implants risks and possible complications include:
- Unfavorable scarring.
- Bleeding (hematoma).
- Poor healing of incisions.
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent.
- Capsular contracture, which is the formation of firm scar tissue around the breast implant.
- Implant leakage or rupture.
- Wrinkling of the skin over the implant.
- Risks associated with anesthesia.
- Fluid accumulation.
- Blood clots.
- Pain, which may persist.
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications.
- Possibility of revisional surgery.
Although there may be potential complications with breast implants, they do not impair breast health. Careful review of scientific research conducted by independent groups such as the Institute of Medicine has found no proven link between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases.
Other important considerations:
- Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and future surgery may be required to replace one or both implants.
- Pregnancy, weight loss and menopause may influence the appearance of augmented breasts over the course of your lifetime.
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