All surgeries have potential risks. Breast augmentation risks involve:
1. Bleeding usually builds up around the implant inside the pocket which causes the breast swelling and painful. Commonly, this is called hematoma and requires a follow-up check up to rinse everything out. To avoid bleeding, a plastic surgeon should give their patients list of medicines that can cause it and as much as possible, shun it for several weeks prior to the procedure. The list includes Vitamin E, herbals, nicotine and aspirin.
2. Infection is rare than bleeding in breast augmentation procedure because the operative area will be thoroughly cleaned with antiseptic before the procedure. More so, plastic surgeons prescribe antibiotics before, during and after the operation. Infection, though, will most likely happen if you have nicotine in your system. If infection happens, the implants will be removed, left out for several months and a new implant will be inserted back into your breasts. Although it is rare, it is still a big deal.
3. Paresthesia is an abnormal condition wherein you feel the sensation of burning, tingling, numbness, prickling or itching. It is commoly known as “pins-and-needles” or “skin-crawling sensation.”
4. Swelling and bruising/skin discolorations are common and expected and usually resolve in a week or two. Bruising are expected and go away in one or two weeks. A sense of numbness and tightness may be present which eventually improves and subsides. Post breast augmentation patients are instructed to rest for at least a day and are ordered to avoid any exertions. A sports bra shall replace the bandages in a few days while sutures will be out after a week. Most patients do return to work after approximately two weeks. Optimal results are seen after about three months.
All potential plastic surgery patients are strongly encouraged to consult with a certified cosmetic plastic surgeon. Everyone has to be properly and thoroughly informed regarding the procedures they would like to have. Adequate knowledge, skill, and care will be exercised by your certified cosmetic plastic surgeon prior, during, and after surgery.