Breast augmentation for many years has helped women achieve a fuller and more toned appearance to their chests. Whether for cosmetic reasons or to restore their appearance with reconstruction following a mastectomy or injury, women may undergo breast augmentation to help their confidence and improve their self-image.
Though advancements in the technology of implant materials, surgical techniques, and overall improvements with the procedures have made breast augmentation surgery safer than ever, it is not without risks, which should be considered beforehand.
As with all surgical procedures, especially those requiring general anesthesia, it is important to ensure you are in good overall health before undergoing the procedure. This will help greatly reduce the chance of cardiovascular or other health complications from the procedure.
With decades of proven safety, the risks from the procedure itself have been greatly reduced over time. Though very rare, most complications that may develop appear after the surgery. Many of these are cosmetic, and although they do not pose a serious health concern, they may require revision surgery to fix.
Occasionally, scar tissue may develop around the implant material. If this scarring develops unevenly, it may distort the shape and external appearance of the implant. Distortion like this can also occur with significant weight changes following the procedure.
One of the most common concerns many women have regarding breast augmentation is the chances of the implants rupturing or breaking apart. Depending on the implant shape, silicone or saline might give you the best appearance. Saline implants tend to deflate rapidly if ruptured, while the silicone used in other implants tends to stay together.
Though there are some risks with breast augmentation surgery, complications requiring medical or doctor intervention are rare. The improvements in the implant materials have also led to longer lifespans for the implants, allowing women to go much longer before replacement or revision surgery is needed.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, but are concerned with the procedure’s risks and recovery, call UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Worcester, MA, at 508-334-5990 or visit www.cosmeticsurgicenter.com to schedule a consultation. The doctors and staff will walk you through the procedure and recovery and alleviate all your concerns.
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