Breast Implant Problems

With any surgical intervention, there is always a chance that something may go wrong. Apart from complications that occur normally with any surgery, such as scarring, infection, and changes in sensation certain other unique complications also occur after breast implant surgery.

 

Risks of breast implants 

 

Rupture: Silicone implants leak very slowly without any signs or symptoms that anything has happened. The only way to detect a rupture in a silicone breast implant is through regular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screenings. Most women have no signs or symptoms when a silicone breast implant ruptures but some women may experience

  1. Pain, burning, tingling, swelling, numbness or redness in the affected breast

  2. Hard knots or lumps surrounding the implant or in the armpit

  3. Change in breast size or distorted breast shape

  4. Softening or hardening of the breast

 

Capsular Contracture: The scar tissue or capsule that normally forms around the breast implant may tighten and squeeze the breast implant and is called capsular contracture. It may be more common following infection, hematoma, and seroma. Symptoms range from mild firmness and mild discomfort to severe pain. Additional surgery is needed in cases where pain and firmness is severe.

 

Pain and Infection: Pain of varying intensity and duration may occur and persist, following breast implant surgery. Infections with a breast implant present are harder to treat than infections in normal body tissues. Toxic shock syndrome has been noted in women after breast implant surgery and it is a life threatening condition.

 

Changes in nipple and breast sensation: Feeling in the nipple and breast can increase or decrease after breast implant surgery. Changes in feeling can be temporary or permanent and may affect your sexual response or your ability to nurse a baby.

 

Breast feeding: It is not known if a small amount of silicone may diffuse from the saline filled breast implant silicone shell and finds its way into breast milk. The periareolar incision site may significantly reduce the ability to successfully breast feed.

 

Calcium deposits in the tissues around the breast implant: Deposits of calcium can be seen on mammograms and can be mistaken for possible cancer resulting in additional surgery for biopsy or removal of the implant to distinguish the calcium deposits from cancer.

 

Necrosis: Necrosis is the formation of dead tissue around the breast implant. This may prevent wound healing and require surgical correction or breast implant removal.

 

Silicone breast implants not guaranteed to last a lifetime – Your doctor may begin monitoring your silicone breast implants with routing MRI scans after the breast implants have been in place for three years. If an MRI scan detects an implant rupture but you do not experience any signs or symptoms, it may be up to you to keep the implant or having it removed.



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