Potential long-term consequences of breast enhancement procedures

Potential long-term consequences of breast enhancement procedures

26th Nov 2021

Each plastic surgery procedure leads to long-term consequences. Even the aesthetic improvement in the body is considered a long-term consequence and also the reason for undergoing surgery. However, each procedure is associated with a specific set of consequences. When it comes to breast enhancement procedures, there are several potential long-term consequences, depending on the procedure that was performed, such as:

Breast augmentation

A long-term consequence of undergoing breast augmentation surgery can be changed in terms of sensitivity in the breasts. It is not uncommon for patients undergoing breast implant surgery to notice changes in breast sensitivity. In a vast majority of cases, these changes are temporary and will disappear without treatment within the first weeks and months. However, in certain cases, the changes in sensitivity can become permanent, and patients should know this before undergoing the procedure. 

Another consequence of getting big implants is that breast ptosis that can occur sooner than on small breasts. The larger the breasts, the more possible it is to be dealing with breast ptosis early in life. However, breast implants tend not to sag as soon as natural breasts do. 

Like any other plastic surgery procedure, another long-term consequence of getting breast implants is the occurrence of scars. Scars are unavoidable after getting breast enhancement surgery, and they can be positioned around the areola, in the fold under the breasts, or in the axilla. Keep in mind to discuss the position and potential appearance of the scars with the plastic surgeon before undergoing the procedure and make sure to tell him if you have a history of abnormal scarring. 

Breast lift

The breast lift is performed with the use of general anesthesia and incisions on the breasts, depending on the operative plan to be followed. The incisions are often localized around the areola, in the inframammary fold, and vertically from the inframammary fold to the areola. 

A consequence of the procedure can be difficulties in breastfeeding and even a complete inability to breastfeed due to the location of the incisions. To be able to breastfeed, the patient should have good nipple sensitivity, and the nipple should be connected to the milk ducts that are in the mammary gland. 

When the breast lift is performed, the connection between the nipple and the milk duct network can be sectioned, and this can lead to difficulties in breastfeeding. Also, the periareolar incision can sometimes be associated with changes in sensitivity. It is important for patients resorting to the breast lift to understand these long-term consequences and accept them before scheduling their procedure.

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