How safe is it to undergo breast enhancement surgery?

How safe is it to undergo breast enhancement surgery?

10th Sep 2019

How safe is it to undergo breast enhancement surgery?


Breast augmentation surgery with implants has been performed following different surgical plans for over 50 years now. This is over a half a century of experience performing a procedure that aims to increase the size of the breasts and hence provide an improved overall appearance for the patient. The procedure is recommended for patients who have underdeveloped breasts, breasts that are small and asymmetric, breasts affected by trauma or congenital defects, and so on. The aim of the procedure is to increase the size of the breasts and make them more proportionate to the rest of the patient’s body. The role of the procedure is to deliver an aesthetic improvement and it often in no way is related to the optimal functioning of the patient or other issues that plastic surgery could aim to correct in cases of other procedures. Because it is performed mostly for aesthetic purposes, some people tend to believe that getting breast implants is not much different than getting hair extensions or acrylic nails. The reality is very different, and it is crucial for the patients to understand the risks and potential complications associated with the procedure before scheduling.

Many patients interested in undergoing breast augmentation want to know how safe it is to undergo this surgery. When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who plays out procedures like this routinely, the procedure is very safe and boasts very high success rates for most patients.

If you were wondering how safe the procedure is, you should know that the implants we use nowadays are FDA-approved and are actually the fifth generation of implants. With each generation, the manufacturers aim to emulate the natural breast tissue more and more and to correct complications associated with implants such as capsular contracture or the rupture or leaking of the implants. The latest generation of implants has a lower risk of developing capsular contracture, and if ruptures of the implants occur, the silicone won’t migrate in the breasts but stay attached to the capsule of the implant.

Considering the surgical plan, patients should know that it is a complex surgery that can be associated with risks that are common for other surgeries, performed for aesthetic purposes or not. Among these risks are allergic reactions to anesthesia, seroma and hematoma, infection, delayed wound healing, skin or fat tissue necrosis, and so on. To minimize these risks, it is recommended for the patient to be in good health and emotional condition before undergoing the procedure and also to follow the instructions of the plastic surgeon regarding both pre- and post-operative care.

Breast enhancement surgery is the safest and most reliable method available nowadays to increase the size of the breasts and improve the overall appearance of the patient. Numerous studies have shown that there is no connection between breast implants and breast cancer. 

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