For women who have smaller breasts, breast augmentation is a great option and many do not think twice before undertaking the surgical intervention. There are many risks and complications that are associated with the procedure.
While going for implants, a woman must be aware of all the risks and complications associated with the surgery and be ready to face them in the long run. The risks may surface years after the surgery and one must be well aware and look for symptoms in order to get treatment promptly. Discussed below are certain complications associated with breast augmentation.
Infection of the Surgical Incision
Infection can happen in any wound. When it is a surgical wound, and a cosmetic procedure, it is advisable to take extra care as an infection can lead to scar formations of the highest degree and prevent complete success of the entire procedure. Severe infections in the area will require the implant to be removed failing which it can lead to toxic shock syndrome. Once the infection is treated, the implants can be inserted back through another surgery. Therefore, it is essential to remove any cause of infection by following the directions of your surgeon.
Capsular Contracture of the Implants
Capsular contracture happens when there is too much scar tissue development around the implants. This will lead to stiffness of the surrounding tissue and hardening of the breast. The implants will be pulled together in such cases, causing disfiguration of the breast. To prevent capsular contracture, certain massage techniques can be adopted. These techniques involve displacement, squeezing and massaging the implants. Your surgeon will be able to guide on the massage techniques involved to keep away from capsular contracture and also hardness and stiffness of the breasts.
Rupturing of Implants
Many women develop a rupture in the implants within a year of insertion. This could be due to many reasons including rough handling, accidents, injury and impact on the implants. There are a number of complications involving rupture of saline or silicone implants inside the breasts. Respiratory diseases like lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis, fibromyalgia and lupus which are all life threatening. While the rupture of a saline implant can be seen externally on the breasts as it deflates, silicone rupture is not so easy to find out. Symptoms include pain in the breasts, numbing sensation, swelling etc. MRI scans can detect ruptured implants. Most implants stay for about 12 years after which they eventually burst.
Chances of a Second Surgery
A third of the women who have had an augmentation done are known to need a second or third surgery to correct anomalies and ruptures. Sometimes infections too can be a cause for requiring surgeries to remove the implants and put them back again after the infection subsides. Many women who have had breast augmentation also develop respiratory and muscle disorders which might require them to remove the implants from their bodies completely to prevent further complications in the body. Removal of the implants has led to a tremendous improvement in their conditions like pain in the joints, poor memory and concentration, fatigue etc.