Potential Breast Augmentation Complications and Risks

While most breast augmentations are successful and the women/men do not experience any problems, it is important for the patient to realize that there are many potential complications that could happen.

Below is a list of the potential breast augmentation complications and/or risks that may be associated with the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this list it is important that you speak with a surgeon who will be able to answer your questions.

  • Asymmetry
  • Breast pain
  • Breast tissue atrophy
  • Calcium deposits
  • Capsular contracture
  • Chest wall deformity
  • Delayed healing
  • Displacement of the breast
  • Extrusion
  • Galactorrhea
  • Granuloma
  • Hematoma
  • Iatrogenic injury
  • Infection, including Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Inflammation of the breast
  • Malposition
  • Necrosis
  • Nipple/breast changes
  • Palpability/visibility
  • Ptosis
  • Redness/bruising of the breast
  • Rupture/deflation of the breast
  • Scarring
  • Seroma
  • Unsatisfactory breast style/size
  • Wrinkling/rippling of the breast
  • Connective Tissue Diseases (CTDs)
    • These are a group of diseases and disorders related to the immune system and to the connective tissue of the body (e.g., muscle, tendon, bone, etc.) that supports body structures and binds body parts together. The body’s immune system is the network of cells that protect against infectious diseases. Antibodies are one type of substance the body produces to fight off infectious agents. Some women with breast implants have experienced the diseases or disorders listed above, as well as a variety of signs and symptoms that could be related to the immune system or to the connective tissues of the body. However, these signs and symptoms are not considered a defined disease or disorder.
  • Neurological Symptoms/Diseases
    • Some women with breast implants have reported that they have neurological symptoms (such as difficulties with vision, sensation, muscle strength, walking, balance, thinking or remembering things) or diseases (such as multiple sclerosis) related to their implants. Several studies have indicated that women with implants are not at an increased risk of being hospitalized with neurological disease compared to other women.
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