Breast Implant Removal Risks And SafetyPosted on January 10, 2020
Breast implant removal plastic surgery is a safe and effective solution for women who have suffered breast implant damage or those whose personal preferences undergo a change over time.
Breast implant removal or replacement may be a part of this procedure. However, similar to other surgical procedures, implant removal has certain associated risks as well.
Breast implant removal surgery is often a more complex procedure compared to the original breast enlargement, especially when it is performed in combination with a breast lift. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast implant removal to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Possible Surgical Complications
During the pre-op consultation, the breast surgeon will discuss the potential risks and complications of the procedure with the patient. The patient, on their part, should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-operative guidelines in a dedicated manner to minimize the risks. Breast implant removal surgery presents the following associated risks:
- Poor response to anesthesia
- Bacterial infection undesirable cosmetic results
- Unwanted cosmetic results
- Undesirable scarring
Specific Risks related to Breast Implant Removal
By itself, breast implant removal is largely a straightforward surgical procedure. However, it may sometimes have to be performed in combination with a breast lift for optimal outcomes. In rare cases, a patient may experience the following complications during or after a breast implant removal procedure:
- Loss of sensation or changes in sensation in the nipple area
The breasts will likely not look the same as they did before breast augmentation cosmetic surgery. There may some breast sagginess or deformity, particularly if the patient had larger implants. A breast lift surgery, along with a breast implant removal procedure, can produce more complete outcomes in such cases.
After the implant removal procedure, some patients may feel that their natural breasts appear smaller than what they remember. This may occur due to hormonal fluctuations or weight loss that occurred when the patient originally received breast implants. It is vital for patients to have reasonable expectations from implant removal surgery for desirable outcomes.
Risks related to Breast Implant Replacement
Breast implant replacement surgery also involves the same risks as the original augmentation procedure. While rare, the following complications may develop with a breast implant replacement procedure:
- Moving of the implant from its place
- Implant rupture
- Implant rippling
- Capsular contracture
- Altered breast sensation
A woman seeking larger breast implants for her revision procedure is likely to undergo more discomfort as the body will take time to acclimatize to the new implants. Moreover, the surgery to insert larger implants will be more invasive and complex.
The surgeon will have to develop new breast pockets to accommodate the larger implants. They may also change the position of the implants. This may lead to a slight increase in the risks related to the surgery.
Any breast revision surgery has some degree of associated risks. For this reason, a patient should only consider this procedure if she suffers from a complication or wishes to change her breast size. Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.