In several blog posts, I’ve expressed the importance of having a board certified plastic surgeon performing any cosmetic procedure that you wish to undergo. Beside the fact that board certified physicians are more fully qualified to give you the best looking results possible, by choosing a certified cosmetic surgeon you run less of a risk of experiencing a surgical complication. While the word “complication” might be a scary subject and not the most desirable thing to discuss, patient education is of the utmost importance and everyone should be aware of the possible complications that can arise with breast augmentation surgery. Below is a description of some breast implant complications and information every woman should know if they are considering breast augmentation surgery.
When a breast implant is too large or heavy, or is not supported by enough tissue, it may drop or fall too low on the chest. When this happens, the breasts have a saggy or droopy look and the nipple is repositioned too high on the breast. Bottoming out is less common for patients who have an excess of original skin and tissue in the breast area and for patients that position their implant under the chest muscle. To correct this complication, a traditional breast lift may be recommended or the surgeon may reposition scar tissue under the breast to create a new crease and move the breast up higher on the chest.
Even in a successful breast augmentation surgery, your body forms a fibrous tissue lining around the implant as its natural response to a foreign object. A capsule contracture occurs however, when the naturally formed capsule contracts and tightens around the implant – resulting in a hard look and feel to the breast. This is the most common breast implant complication and can result in four different grades of severity, ranging from Baker Grade I to Baker Grade VI. Capsulectomy is the name of the revisionary procedure to remove the capsule.
Implant Rupture or Deflation
On rare occasions, an implant can rupture causing the implant solution to leak into the body. A rupture can occur anytime after surgery and can be caused by injury or trauma, a capsule contracture, or from wear and tear on the implant over time. Symptoms of ruptures can include breast lumps, swelling, and pain. Although sometimes there are no visible or physical symptoms, so regular MRI’s are needed to diagnose this problem.
Even if you received your breast implants at another practice, Dr. John LeRoy can perform revisionary breast surgery to correct these and other breast complications. If you have not experienced a complication, but are simply unhappy with the results received at another practice, Dr. LeRoy can consult with you on the best options to surgically correct aesthetic problems and ensure that you are happy with the look of your breasts. For more information on breast augmentation surgery or to look at some before and after pictures of previous patients, visit our website.