Breast Augmentation Risks

Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale, Mesa And Surrounding Areas In Arizona

Every surgery comes with some risk, and breast augmentation is no exception. When you choose one of our Phoenix area plastic surgeons for your breast augmentation, you can be assured that you are getting quality care from a board-certified plastic surgeon who takes your safety very seriously.

Fortunately, the risk of complications from breast augmentation are low, and at Gawley Plastic Surgery, we take the precautions to limit your risk of these and other complications:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Infection
  • Implant rupture
  • Loss of sensation

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Capsular Contracture

During breast augmentation, your surgeon is inserting a foreign objection into your body – the breast implant. The body naturally reacts to implants of any kind by forming a capsule of scar tissue around the implant. This is part of your body’s natural healing process.
Capsular contracture occurs when the capsule squeezes on the implant and creates a hard or distorted shape in your breast. This can be corrected by removing the scar tissue or in extreme cases removing and replacing the scar tissue and the breast implant.

Infection

As with any surgery, breast augmentation comes with a risk of infection. In modern medicine this risk is low, and your surgeon will take the necessary precautions to prevent post-operative infection. If an infection does occur, it is usually mild and treatable with antibiotics.

Implant Rupture

Any type of implant has a chance of rupturing. When you discuss your breast implant options with one of our surgeons you will also discuss their durability and low potential for rupture. If a saline implant ruptures, you will notice almost immediately. The implant will begin to deflate and the salt water solution filling will be safely absorbed into your body.

Silicone implant leaks are more difficult to detect. Periodic MRIs are suggested to check for ruptures. The silicone solution is not harmful to your body. The most common solution for breast implant rupture is implant replacement.

Loss of Sensation

There is a chance of sensation loss in the nipples due to nerve damage during your breast augmentation procedure. Generally, those nerves will recover within one to two years. Different breast augmentation incision options will affect the likelihood of potential nerve damage in your surgery. Our Surgeons will make every effort to limit these risks.

If you are ready to discuss your breast augmentation options with a Phoenix, Arizona, area plastic surgeon, please contact Gawley Plastic Surgery today for your initial consultation. We serve clients in the Scottsdale, Glendale, Chandler, and Gilbert areas.

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Dr. Gawley is one of the premiere plastic surgeons in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body, and face. Dr. Gawley combines his extensive training and state-of-the-art technology to provide his patients with personalized care and natural results.

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