Facts About Breast Augmentation
Before having any surgical procedure it is important that you do your research so that you can make an informed decision about the surgery. Breast augmentation is no different, and so the key to the success of your procedure is that you understand and discuss the procedure in detail with your surgeon. The following should help you understand certain paramount considerations that you should discuss with your surgeon about your breast augmentation.
Possible Risks of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation, like all surgeries has certain specific risks and side effects that can occur as a result of the surgery. These include, but are not limited to the following.
There are two theories for what causes skin to ripple post a breast augmentation. The first theory is that rippling after a breast augmentation is caused by too large a pocket being created for the breast implant. The second theory, is that when the implant settles into position after the swelling has gone down it pulls on the scar tissue around the pocket, thus pulling on the skin and causing the skin to ripple.
Capsular contraction is when scar tissue forms around the breast implant, squeezing the implant and causing hardening of the breast. This usually happens to a certain degree, however in excess it can be quite painful and cause considerable discomfort. In such cases, revisional surgery to correct the issue may be required. To do this the scar tissue is scraped out so as to make more space for the implant to settle comfortably.
This is when the implant drops below the level of the breast tissue, causing bulges in the wrong place, and making scarring more visible.
Interference with Mammograms:
Unfortunately, a vital thing to consider when having a breast augmentation is that the implant may hide breast tissue, including cancerous tissue. Thus, some women have received false results from their mammogram as a result of their breast augmentation.
Implant Position in Relation to Risks of Breast Augmentation
Depending on the case and the surgeon’s preferences, breast implants can be placed differently using different techniques. The three main positions that a surgeon may choose for breast implants are sub-glandular, sub-pectoral and sub-muscular. Each of these positions has its’ own benefits and risks.
Unfortunately this is the procedure that most often bottoms out and has the highest risk for capsule contracture. Moreover, it has the highest risk of rippling, especially when a textured implant is used. Lastly, and most importantly, it is also the most likely procedure to interfere with mammograms.
This procedure bottoms out fairly often, but it seldom leads to rippling. Another positive is that there is little interference with mammograms with this type of breast augmentation. Lastly, there is only a medium risk for capsule contracture with this method.
This is the technique with the lowest risk involved. Firstly, it seldom bottoms out, and has the lowest risk of rippling. This technique also has the lowest risk for capsule contracture. However, this is also the most difficult to perform, so not all doctors are able to or qualified to perform it. Furthermore, for women who do weight training this technique is not recommended as the muscle can squeeze the implant and cause an unnatural shape. It is also important to consider that this technique requires the longest post-op recovery time, and causes the most pain and discomfort. . Lastly, on a positive note, there is little risk for implants interfering with mammograms with this type of breast augmentation.