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The Risks of Breast Implants

Undergoing breast implant surgery can leave you with favorable results afterwards but there is a downside to this form of cosmetic surgery in that there are many risks to take into account. Lets take a look at some of the potential risks and complications of breast implants.

Capsular Contracture

When an implant is surgically placed in a breast the body reacts by building a protective layer or scar around the implant. This is commonly called a “tissue capsule” or simply a “capsule” although this is not exactly the same as scar tissue that forms after the body is injured due to trauma. It is the living tissue that forms the capsule and it will cause the breast to feel very firm and to look unnatural and sometimes it will be tender and uncomfortable. Capsular contracture tends to be more common with silicone implants than with saline implants. Some women develop capsular contracture in the mildest form and are not bothered by it at all while others are not so fortunate and develop a moderate or severe case of it. For moderate to severe cases surgery will need to be undertaken again and a new implant will have to be put in place of the old one. There is no guarantee however that capsular contracture will not reoccur. To lower the risk of capsular contracture occurring it is best to place the implant under the muscle as opposed to over the muscle.

Implant Displacement

Implants do not always stay in the exact same position and are prone to move around as in up, down, left or right. A bit of movement is not a cause for concern but a large shift might necessitate further surgery. The larger the breast implant that is used the more likely that it will shift in a downward direction.

Saline Implant Deflation

Implants made of saline can sometimes leak and then deflate causing the breast to shrink in a couple of days to the size it was before the surgery was first undertaken. This will mean that another surgery is necessary. Deflation happens most readily with implants that are underfilled as overfilling tends to decrease the chance of deflation taking place. The risk of the implant deflating is approximately four percent in the year following the surgery and one percent for every year after that first year.

Silicone Implant Rupture

Saline implants tend to deflate while silicone implants are prone to rupture. When the silicone gel implant shells experience a rupture the silicone is not automatically reabsorbed by the neighboring tissue, therefore the patient might not be aware that a rupture has taken place. In some cases the silicone gel can cause inflammation, which can lead to capsular contracture.

Rippling

Rippling is also sometimes called wrinkling as it looks like ripples or waviness on the visible part of the skin above where the implants were placed. The cause of rippling is due to the shifting of saline on the inner portion of the implants. Rippling is more likely to occur with underfilled as opposed to overfilled implants and it happens more to textured implants than to smooth implants.

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