Long-term consequences of breast enhancement surgery

Long-term consequences of breast enhancement surgery

22nd Feb 2022

Breast enhancement surgery is the only efficient and permanent solution to improve the size of the breasts and also get a nice shape and consistency. Breast enhancement procedures often use implants to make the breasts bigger, rounder, more alluring. The procedures are safe when performed by a talented and experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon and boast a high satisfaction rate among clients.

However, just like any other elective plastic surgery, there are long-term consequences that can be associated with undergoing a breast enhancement procedure. Among these, we can mention:

  • Scars

A normal long-term consequence of any surgical procedure is scarring. Scarring is unavoidable after plastic surgery and even a more delicate matter when it comes to breast enhancement surgery as the incisions are performed on the breasts in many cases. The plastic surgeon can use either a periareolar, inframammary, or transaxillar approach to insert the implants in their pockets. This means that the scars can be located either around the areola, in the fold under the breasts, or on the axilla. While the axilla scar might seem to be the preferable one, this is rarely the case as this technique is often not recommended and is associated with a higher complication rate compared to the other two approaches. To minimize the appearance of the scars, it is important not to smoke before and after the procedure for at least three to six weeks and follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon. 

  • Difficulties with breastfeeding or milk production

Generally speaking, breast enhancement procedures have no effect on the patient’s ability to breastfeed. However, it can happen in some rare cases for the patient to have difficulties with breastfeeding or milk production as the implants might limit this. Discuss this issue in detail with the plastic surgeon if you plan to get pregnant after the surgery. The recommendation is to avoid a pregnancy and considerable weight fluctuations after breast enhancement procedures as the results of the surgery might be altered. 

  • Changes in the sensitivity of the breasts

During the surgery, the nerves present in the breasts might be injured and it might take a while for them be to restored. This often translates into changes in sensitivity in the breasts and can also mean a loss of nipple sensation. Nipple sensitivity can be affected when the periareolar approach is preferred. However, keep in mind that these changes are often temporary and it is only in rare conditions that they can become permanent. However, they represent potential long-term consequences of breast enhancement surgery and patients should be aware of them. 

To find out more about the consequences of undergoing such a complex plastic surgery procedure, it is important to meet the plastic surgeon and discuss the details related to your particular case.

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