There are a number of risks associated with breast implants and it is important that people who are thinking of getting them understand what they are.
Breast augmentation risks can include complications with the surgery itself, as well as issues with the implants once they are inserted. The good news is that breast augmentation risks relating to the long-term safety of the implants are far lower now than they were a few years ago. Indeed, saline-implants are designed to be inert and safe inside the body even if they do rupture.
But what could go wrong with implants?
Well, there is the risk that the surgery may not produce the desired results and that you might need additional surgery, which could then leave you with visible scarring, or with scar tissue forming around the implant and putting pressure on it.
You may experience pain in the breast or altered sensation of the nipples and breasts. In the long term, the implants may rupture. Some older implants can be dangerous if they rupture, while even more modern ones that are non-toxic could cause pain if they break.
There is always some risk associated with surgery – when the breast is cut into this creates an open wound which could become infected. Usually, infection is noticed within a few days after surgery, which means that it can be treated promptly but there is always some risk. If the infection does not quickly respond to antibiotics then the surgeons may recommend that the implant is removed as a precaution.
Poorly performed surgery could lead to an implant that is deformed, or that is not the desired size. The chest may be uneven, or the rib cage could be deformed. This is rare, especially for people who opt to have breast enhancement done at a well-known US clinic, but it is a concern that people should still be aware of.
Breast implants do not last a lifetime, and they will need some maintenance over the course of your life. The older the implant, the greater the risk of complications. It is important that people who get implants know that they will need to be diligent in their long-term after-care, to ensure the best possible results from any future operations and to reduce the risk of long-term complications or any serious health issues arising from having had surgery.