Every surgery carries potential risks and complications. Although the rate of these complications is usually very low, nevertheless, they can happen. The potential risks and complications associated with breast augmentation using saline breast implants include: infection, hematoma, seroma, chronic pain, scarring, capsular contracture, skin wrinkling or rippling, alteration or loss of nipple sensation, implant displacement and tissue stretching, asymmetry, symmastia, bottoming out of breasts, implant rupture, implant extrusion or tissue necrosis, damage to deeper structures, inability to breastfeed, change in the ability to detect breast masses on a breast exam or mammogram, and a delay in wound healing.
Are small breast implants safer than large ones?
Although there is a basic rate of complications for breast augmentation with all breast implants, there is a slight higher risk of complications associated with very large breast implants. For instance, very large implants tend to stretch the breast skin and sag more, thus increasing the need for future breast lift procedures. Because they tend to stretch and thin out the breast skin, breast implant ripples or irregularities become more visible. Finally, they have a slightly higher chance of becoming displaced over time. This becomes a dilemma when considering that the most common reason for revision surgery is to go to bigger! To solve this, I recommend that you try on the implants prior to surgery, and to choose an implant that looks proportionate with your figure. Furthermore, if you have extensive breast sagging or poor skin elasticity, you should avoid going too large.
During consultation with Dr. Sean Younai, he usually reviews your treatment options for breast augmentation and enlargement with breast implants, including pros and cons of each technique, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre- and post-operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. You will also have an opportunity to "try on" different types of saline or silicone breast implants in order to see which one looks the best on you. There are also many before and after pictures and high resolution images of breast augmentation available in our photo gallery.
Dr. Younai is a board certified plastic surgeon who receives patients at the California Center for Plastic Surgery from the Northern and Southern California region. Some of these cities include Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Pasadena, Glendale, Valencia, Palmdale, Fresno, and Oxnard.