Breast implants may make it harder to detect breast cancer on a Reference mammogram Opens New Window. Other risks of getting breast implants include:
- Capsular contracture. This condition is one of the most common problems caused by breast implants. It occurs when scar tissue around the implant hardens and begins to squeeze the implant. It can cause hardening of the breast tissue, rippling in the skin of the breast, and changes in the shape of the breast. It may also be painful. Surgery is sometimes needed to remove the scar tissue or replace the implant when capsular contracture develops.
- Loss of feeling in the nipples or breast tissue due to nerve damage. Often this is temporary, but it may be permanent in some women.
- Differences in size or shape of the breasts after surgery.
- Changes in the implant. Normal activity or an injury to the breast can damage the implant, causing it to leak, deflate, or rupture. Over time, the implant may harden, develop ripples, shift position, or change shape. Surgery may be needed to remove the implant and replace it (if desired) if any of these changes occur.
- Infection (not common). This can occur at any time, but it typically occurs during the first week after surgery. In some cases of infection, the implant may have to be removed for several months and then replaced.
- Blood collection under the skin, or hematoma (uncommon).
- Abnormal scarring (uncommon).
Having more than one procedure at the same time, such as a breast lift and breast enlargement, increases the risk of problems after the surgery.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 31, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Keith A. Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery