A person should not take the decision to have breast implants lightly. Not only can it be an expensive procedure, but it is essential to know that the results are not guaranteed. There are also possible risks and complications. In this article, we highlight some common complications and the symptoms that breast implants can cause.
People choose to have breast implants for many reasons that include increasing the size of the breasts, altering their shape, or making them appear evener. A breast implant operation is usually carried out with the person under general anesthetic and takes between 60 and 90 minutes. There are things a woman must to consider before getting implant. Breast implants may interfere with future breast-feeding and they do not come with a lifetime guarantee.
Complications can occur at any time, which may result in it being necessary to remove them. If complications do occur, corrective surgery may be necessary, and the results of this surgery may be unsatisfactory. A person who is considering breast surgery should weigh up the pros and cons of having implants and evaluate any risks. They should think about whether it is worth getting the surgery done and how they would feel and cope if complications did occur.
Up to 20 percent of women who decide to have breast implant surgery have them removed within 8 to 10 years. If implants are removed and not replaced, the breasts may appear puckered, saggy, and dimply.
Risks and Complications of Breast Implants
Swelling, bruising, and temporary pain may be side effects of breast implant surgery. After surgery, recovery time is needed to help the cut to heal and the body to adjust. Breast implant surgery does carry risks. There are times where it does not go as planned or people experience complications and problems afterward. The most common breast implant complications include:
- Thick, noticeable scarring that does not fade.
- Hardening of the breast tissue, due to scar tissue shrinking around the implant.
- A rupture where the implant leaks that can cause small lumps called silicone granulomas to form.
- Noticeable creases or folds in the implant.
- Rotation of the implant within the breast.
- “Rippling” of the implant, if a thin layer of tissue covers the implant and sticks to the implant surface.
- Infection that will usually require removal of the implant.
- Being unable to breast-feed or producing less breast milk than before.
- Being dissatisfied with the results and requiring a further operation.
- Nerve damage to the nipples.
Nerve damage can make someone’s nipples feel more sensitive, less sensitive, or they may lose feeling entirely. The damage may only be temporary for some women, but it can be permanent in others. Other, less common complications of breast implant surgery include:
- Excessive bleeding during surgery
- An allergic reaction to the anesthetic
- A blood clot forming in the veins deep in the body
Early signs of complications to look out for
Early signs that something may have gone wrong with breast implant surgery include redness of the skin around the breast, unusual swelling that does not go down and a burning sensation. If a person notices any of these symptoms, they should immediately contact the clinic where the operation took place. If a person is concerned that the operation was not carried out correctly or is unhappy with the results of the surgery, they should contact the surgeon who performed the procedure.
Women may wish to have breast implants to help achieve what they perceive to be a more cosmetically attractive size, shape, or level to their breasts. However, it is vital that women who decide to go ahead have fully understood the potential risks and complications. While most breast implant operations go smoothly, there is a chance that things could go wrong either during the procedure or any time after it, as long as the implants remain.