Plastic Surgery & Reconstructive Procedures

Breast Implants

Breast

Breast augmentation surgery is relatively straightforward, but there are several options to choose from when it comes to implants. The scars may vary, and it is essential to make an informed decision after being involved in your consultation. You should discuss the possible risks, concerns and postoperative course.

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    Breast augmentation surgery is relatively straightforward, but there are several options to choose from when it comes to implants. The scars may vary, and it is essential to make an informed decision after being involved in your consultation, also discussing possible risks, concerns and postoperative courses.

    The surgery takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours and can be done as a day-case. Discomfort can be expected for 2-3 days after augmentation and bandages removed after five days, but you should be moderately active within a day or two.

  • Potential Risk
    • ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma) – Carries a 1:30 000 lifetime risk
    • Fluid presents itself around the implant, typically around eight years after the procedure. If detected early enough, Dr Liezl can treat this by removing the capsule around the implant and replacing it.
    • Unfavorable scarring.
    • Bleeding (hematoma).
    • Infection.
    • Poor healing of incisions.
    • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, may be temporary or permanent.
    • Capsular contracture, which is the formation of firm scar tissue around the implant.
    • Implant leakage or rupture.
    • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant.
    • Anesthesia risks.
    • Fluid accumulation.
    • Blood clots.
    • Pain, which may persist.
    • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications.
    • Possibility of revisional surgery.

    Although there potentially may be complications with breast implants, they do not impair breast health.  Careful review of scientific research conducted by independent groups such as the Institute of Medicine has found no proven link between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases.

  • Considerations
    • Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and future surgery may be required to replace one or both implants.
    • Pregnancy, weight loss and menopause may influence the appearance of augmented breasts over the course of your lifetime.