What Are The Potential Risks And Side Effects Of Breast Augmentation?

What Are The Potential Risks And Side Effects Of Breast Augmentation?

Posted on August 30, 2022

What Are The Potential Risks And Side Effects Of Breast Augmentation?Breast augmentation carries a certain risk of medical challenges as with any other surgery. Patients may experience complications during the surgery or from the implants. There can be side effects associated with the surgery and post-operative care as well. The decision to get breast augmentation surgery should be personal. You should arrive at a decision after weighing the pros, cons, risks, and potential complications. 

It is recommended to consult with an experienced and responsible surgeon that explains the procedure, its risks and alternatives, so that you can take a salient decision. Seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding communities. 

Risks and Side Effects of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Every surgery whether, medical or cosmetic carries a certain amount of risk. Potential complications in case of breast augmentation plastic surgery may include:

Adverse reactions

You may develop an adverse reaction to medications, anesthesia, or other substances. This is why you should let your doctor know about any known allergies to medications and substances. This will help the surgery team prevent any adverse reactions.


Breast augmentation involves making an incision. There may be problems with wound healing or the development of scar tissue. Based on this, a study found that only 1% breast augmentation patients ever had a problem with scarring. 

Post-surgery complications

This can include hematoma and blood clots among other complications. You can avoid this risk by following all doctor’s instructions carefully. This will help you minimize the risk of other complications as well. 


The surgery team will work hard to keep the recovery and operating room as clean and sterile as possible. This helps in reducing the risk of infections. Taking all of this into account, there is always a risk of developing an infection during the recovery period. Again, you should follow the doctor’s instructions about keeping the incision site clean, taking medications on time, and not exerting yourself. 

Complications and Risks of Breast Implants

There are a separate set of risks if your breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedure involves the insertion of implants. These include:

Rupture of saline implants

Saline gets absorbed by the body when a saline implant ruptures. Saline is nothing but sterile salt water which closely matches the body’s electrolyte balance. Furthermore, your breasts may appear deflated as the saline leaks out. 

Rupture of silicone implants

Silicone implants are designed to encompass any escaped silicone. Unfortunately, this results in a silent rupture where patients are not aware. You may know of the rupture only when your breasts start appearing deflated. 

Capsular contracture

In some cases, a scar capsule may form around the implant that begins contracting and putting pressure on it. It can also occur because of changes in the muscles or nerve damage. The pain is idiopathic in some cases, which means there is no identifiable cause. Pertaining to this, this is an infrequent situation.

Additional procedures

You may require additional surgeries for correcting ruptures and problems with scar tissue. Highly respected cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for breast augmentation surgery.

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