Breast Augmentation – Risks


Breast Augmentation Resources

A breast augmentation can give you an appearance you never thought possible. However, as with any major surgery, breast augmentation carries certain risks. Many of these are common to all forms of surgery, but others are specific to breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation carries anesthesia risks, general surgery risks, and cosmetic complications. Fortunately, the care and skill of a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in breast surgeries like Dr. Scott E. Newman can circumvent many of these possible complications, and many risk factors can be reduced through proper care both before and after surgery and by reporting any unusual symptoms immediately.

General Surgical Risks and Post-Surgical Complications

Since breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, the same risks and possible complications apply to breast augmentation as to any other surgery, including:

  • Infection – If an infection occurs, it will usually do so within two months of your surgery and can be taken care of very quickly with medical attention.
  • Swelling
  • Excessive scarring
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Reaction to the anesthesia – Breast augmentation surgery includes either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and conscious sedation.

Dr. Scott Newman will provide pre- and post-operative instructions to help you prepare for your surgery and care for your incisions afterward. Most of these general risks can be reduced by closely following these guidelines, which include sufficient rest, avoiding putting too much stress on your incisions as they heal, and taking any prescribed medications according to instructions. If you experience any unusual symptoms or run a fever after your surgery, you should speak to Dr. Newman immediately to prevent serious complications.

Specific Risks of Breast Augmentation

One of the most common risks with breast augmentation is dissatisfaction with the final results. Dr. Newman’s commitment to his patients, including detailed consultations with you before your surgery, greatly reduces this risk. In fact, Dr. Newman performs numerous breast augmentation revision procedures to revise surgery performed by other doctors. Dr. Newman is always focused on achieving the best possible results for his patients.

Other risks related directly to breast augmentation include capsular contracture and rippling. During healing, a layer of tissue, called a capsule, forms around the implant, similar to a scar. Under normal conditions, this capsule remains flexible, allowing the implant to maintain a natural appearance. In some cases, though, the tissue shrinks and contracts, compressing the implant and giving it a hard, overly rounded, too-tight appearance and feel. This can be not only unattractive, but also uncomfortable or even painful. It can be corrected by removing the implant. Rippling occurs when the saline shifts inside of your implants and your skin may take on a wavy appearance.

If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation in the New York City,Long Island and Manhattan area, please contact the offices of Scott E. Newman, MD, FACS to schedule an initial consultation.

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