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Risks of Breast Implants

Risks of Breast Implants

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Risks of Breast Implants

Some of the complications and adverse outcomes of breast imp

Risks of Breast Implants

Some of the complications and adverse outcomes of breast imp

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Risks of Breast Implants
Risks of Breast ImplantsSome of the complications and adverse outcomes of breast implants include: Additional surgeries, with or without removal of the deviceCapsular contracture, scar tissue that forms around the implant and squeezes the implantBreast painChanges in nipple and breast sensationRupture with deflation of saline-filled implantsRupture with or without symptoms (silent rupture) of silicone gel-filled implantsImplant ComplicationsThe following is a list of local complications and adverse outcomes that occur in at least 1 percent of breast implant patients at any time. You may need non-surgical treatments or additional surgeries totreat any of these, and you should discuss any complication and necessary treatment with yourdoctor. These complications are listed alphabetically, not in order of how often they occur. ComplicationDescription AsymmetryThe breasts are uneven in appearance in terms of size, shape or breast level.Breast PainPain in the nipple or breast areaBreast Tissue AtrophyThinning and shrinking of the skinCalcification/Calcium DepositsHard lumps under the skin around the implant. These can be mistaken for cancer duringmammography, resulting in additional surgery.
Capsular ContractureTightening of the tissue capsule around an implant, resulting in firmness or hardening of the breastand squeezing of the implant if severe. Chest Wall DeformityChest wall or underlying rib cage appears deformed. DeflationLeakage of the saltwater (saline) solution from a saline-filled breast implant, often due to a valveleak or a tear or cut in the implant shell (rupture), with partial or complete collapse of the implant.Delayed Wound HealingIncision site fails to heal normally or takes longer to heal.ExtrusionThe skin breaks down and the implant appears through the skin.HematomaCollection of blood near the surgical site.  May cause swelling, bruising and pain. Hematomasusually occur soon after surgery, but can occur any time there is injury to the breast. The bodymay absorb small hematomas, but large ones may require medical intervention, such as surgicaldraining. Iatrogenic Injury/DamageInjury or damage to tissue or implant as a result of implant surgery        Infection, including Toxic Shock SyndromeOccurs when wounds are contaminated with microorganisms, such as bacteria or fungi. Mostinfections resulting from surgery appear within a few days to a week, but infection is possible anytime after surgery. If an infection does not respond to antibiotics, the implant may need to beremovedInflammation/IrritationResponse by the body to an infection or injury. Demonstrated by redness, swelling, warmth, painand or/loss of function.Lymphedema or LymphadenopathySwollen or enlarged lymph nodesMalposition/Displacement
The implant is not in the correct position in the breast. This can happen during surgery orafterwards if the implant moves or shifts from its original location. Shifting can be caused byfactors such as gravity, trauma or capsular contracture.NecrosisDead skin or tissue around the breast. Necrosis can be caused by infection, use of steroids in thesurgical breast pocket, smoking, chemotherapy/radiation, and excessive heat or cold therapy.Nipple/Breast Sensation Changes An increase or decrease in the feeling in the nipple and/or breast. Can vary in degree and may betemporary or permanent. May affect sexual response or breast feeding.PalpabilityThe implant can be felt through the skin.PtosisBreast sagging that is usually the result of normal aging, pregnancy or weight loss.Redness/BruisingBleeding at the time of surgery can cause the skin to change color. This is an expected symptom dueto surgery, and is likely temporary.Rupture A tear or hole in the implant's outer shell. SeromaCollection of fluid around the implant. May cause swelling, pain and bruising. The body mayabsorb small seromas. Large ones will require a surgical drain.Skin Rash A rash on or around the breast.Unsatisfactory Style/SizePatient or doctor is not satisfied with the overall look based on the style or size of the implant used. VisibilityThe implant can be seen through the skin.Wrinkling/RipplingWrinkling of the implant that can be felt or seen through the skin.

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