Extrusion of implants after breast augmentation

Extrusion of implants after breast augmentation

17th Apr 2017

Extrusion of implants after breast augmentationBreast augmentation surgery with implants is a major surgery that can significantly improve the breast’s appearance. Although it can greatly improve your overall appearance, it is still important to remember that complications can develop after any surgery. If the patients are well informed about the potential complications, they will be able to look out for the signs and symptoms, and immediately treat any problems that may arise. For this reason, you should do your research beforehand.

One of the rare complications of breast augmentation surgery is the extrusion of implants. This mainly happens during the first few months after the surgery. In this complication, the implants come out of the body due to the loss of skin and tissue or due to necrosis, which can be caused by poor blood circulation. Gradually, the skin and tissue will weaken until the implants become extruded from the body.

Symptoms of implant extrusion can include redness of the affected area or a change in color, and even thinning of the skin, or fluid drainage. Some patients have described the presence of a darker or black discoloration. This is actually the implant becoming visible through a hole, which closes on the incision site. It is also possible for the patient to feel the implant just below the skin. If you see or feel any of these signs of an implant extrusion, then you should contact your surgeon immediately to prevent the condition from worsening.

The risk of developing this complication is higher to those who undergo the breast implant surgery as a reconstructive surgery. Typically, these are patients who are still receiving chemo or radiation treatment. If a patient develops necrosis, then she should be especially vigilant because the extrusion of implants can also follow. Similarly, those who have developed an infection can also experience the extrusion of their implants if the wound doesn’t close.

In order to lessen the risk of developing implant extrusion, there are certain things that can be done. One of them is ensuring that the wound completely heals. You can do this by taking care of the wound properly. Make sure that the wound is always clean and dry. This prevents you from getting an infection that can further lead to the extrusion of the implants. It is also advised not to smoke during the recovery period. This is to make sure that the body receives adequate oxygen for proper healing to take place.

It is also advised to avoid implants, which are too large for your frame. Getting overly large implants may cause more harm than good. The best thing to do is to listen to your surgeon. If you want large and prominent breasts, they can suggest surgeries that will fulfill your desire. However, you have to listen if and when they say that the implants may be too big for your frame.

In case your implants have already extruded, you need to undergo another operation for their removal. Most likely, there will be an infection, and it needs to be treated before you can have your implants replaced with another surgery. The necrotic tissue will also be removed to make sure that it doesn’t spread. Implant extrusion is known to cause to more scarring even after corrective surgery.


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