Breast Augmentation Risks - San Antonio, Texas
Any medical procedure or surgery carries inherent risks. Breast augmentation, while cosmetic in nature, is still a surgical procedure. At Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., we strive to reduce any potential breast augmentation risks for our patients of our San Antonio practice. Our renowned plastic surgeon, Sheryl Pilcher, has performed a multitude of successful breast augmentation procedures, combining her medical aptitude and artistic ability to create stunning, transformative results while ensuring the patient's safety.
Our team at Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., is dedicated to educating our patients prior to breast augmentation, making sure they understand the scope and cost of the surgery, as well as its risks and benefits. This understanding is crucial to making an informed decision about whether to undergo surgery and whether its benefits outweigh its risks.
Breast Augmentation Risks
There are generic risks and potential complications involved with any surgical procedure, and breast augmentation is no exception. A patient may react adversely to anesthesia; it is imperative that your doctor know of any possible allergies you have prior to surgery. Infection is another common concern associated with all surgical procedures. At Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., we pride ourselves on our impeccable surgical facility, and we do everything possible to reduce the potential risk of infection. This is especially true during recovery, when excess fluid may need to be drained from the surgical site to promote recovery and prevent potential infection.
Aside from these risks that are inherent in any surgery, there are specific breast augmentation risks to be aware of:
Breast Cancer Screening – If you undergo mammographic examinations on a periodic basis to check for potential breast cancer, you should be aware that breast implants may affect the test. It is important that you select a radiology technician with experience working with patients whose breasts have been augmented. Patients with breast implants will require additional views, and in some cases an ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be necessary. Therefore, there is a potential breast augmentation risk of interfering with or delaying the detection of breast cancer.
Capsular Contracture – The human body is designed to naturally ward off infection and any foreign matter in the body. After insertion of a breast implant, a scar capsule naturally forms around the implant as part of the healing process. In rare instances, the body may reject the breast implant, causing the scar capsule to contract and compress the implant. Capsular contracture can happen to varying degrees, from creating minor imperfections to implant rupture. In some cases, additional surgery may be necessary to remove excess scar tissue or replace the breast implant.
Breast Implant Rupture – One of the most common fears associated with breast augmentation risks is implant rupture. It must be understood that breast implants are not designed to be lifetime devices; even without a rupture, most implants will need to be replaced at some point. Should the implant rupture, whether filled with saline or silicone, the effects to the body are minimal since both substances have been proven safe. A saline implant will show signs of deflation almost immediately after rupture while a silicone implant may take time to show signs of rupture. Depending on the patient's wishes, a ruptured breast implant can be replaced or removed altogether.
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At Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., we take great pride in our safety record and ability to reduce potential breast augmentation risks for our San Antonio-area patients. During a personal consultation with Dr. Pilcher, she will explain the breast augmentation procedure in detail, being sure to address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact our plastic surgery practice today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Sheryl Pilcher.
“If you need breast augmentation or any cosmetic surgery, I would highly recommend Dr. Pilcher....This has been the best decision I have made.” Quintessa M.