Breast augmentation is a common surgery women across the globe undergo for various reasons like breast symmetry, increasing the size of one breast and for improved posture. As this is a surgery performed under general anesthesia, it has its share of risks and complications.
According to Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mark Schusterman, the breasts need a few months to settle down after a breast implant surgery. This is when you may experience some swelling, discomfort, bruising, hardness, pains and twinges over the first few weeks.
However if you suffer from excessive swelling, offensive wound discharges, lots of pain, heat in the breasts or deflated breasts, report these symptoms to your surgeon immediately. Most infections can be treated with antibiotics. However if antibiotics do not treat the infection, the implant may have to be removed and replaced.
The presence of a large haematoma, which is a collection of blood or a seroma which is a collection of watery fluid increases the risks of an infection. This is because while the body can absorb small haematomas or seromas, a surgical drain is needed to remove larger ones. Surgical drains in turn increase the risk of deflation or ruptures.
Firm silicone breast implants are less likely to cause such complications as they can keep their shape even if its shell ruptures. Generally, the silicone gel remains in the capsule formed by the body and may be removed once the ruptured implant is removed.
About a tenth of the women who have undergone breast augmentation experience the contraction of fibrous capsules which make the implant deform or get painful or hard. In such cases, the implant and capsule have to be removed and replaced with another implant if required.
Of course, these risks and complications do not occur to everyone, and if it does, being well informed about them helps you treat the condition in a jiffy.
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