Risks of Breast Augmentation Surgery


Risks of Breast Augmentation – Breast Implant Risks

  •  All breast surgery and invasive surgery carries risks. Your Plastic Surgeon will review breast augmentation surgery risks during your consultation(s) before you have surgery.
  • A general list of risks is listed below. These are general in nature and some patients may have different risks – ask your Surgeon for details.

Download the Breast Augmentation Surgery Guide for information

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Risks of General Breast Surgery including Augmentation

+-General risks related to having a surgical procedure

General Anaesthesia – Prior to surgery you will be provided with the details of your anaesthetist in order to discuss any specific concerns you may have. Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia.

Bleeding (Haematoma) – Sometimes following surgery, a collection of blood may pool at the surgical site. If this occurs, a visit to the operating theatre may be required to remove the haematoma.

Infection – If an infection develops following surgery, your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics and monitor your progress closely.

Scarring – In order to minimise scarring, you will receive three Fraxel Laser treatments following surgery with our Coco Ruby Skin and Anti-Ageing Dermal Clinicians.

Delayed Wound Healing – Delayed wound healing will sometimes be seen in patients who are overweight or smokers, or where an infection develops. Your surgeon and nurse coordinator will manage the healing process and take necessary steps if delayed wound healing occurs.

+-Specific Breast Surgery Risks

Nipple Sensitivity Changes (May be temporary or permanent)

Nipple Loss/Necrosis

  • Description and Definition: Necrosis of the skin, including nipple area necrosis, is a very rare complication that can affect all or part of the nipple area.
  • Necrosis has been found to occur more often in people who smoke and this is one of many reasons you should NEVER smoke if you are having surgery (smoking is a NO NO before and after surgery).
  • Necrosis is also a higher surgery risk when a breast procedure is performed by a less-trained or unskilled doctor such as a non-Specialist or under-qualified overseas medical tourism clinic that employs inexperienced, junior surgeons for breast procedures.

Breast Asymmetry

  • Most women will naturally have some degree of unevenness to their breasts.
  • Your breasts start out uneven and surgery may or may not make that MORE noticeable or LESS noticeable – it depends on your physique and your surgery decisisions.
  • This will be taken into account prior to the surgery and there are some corrective measures that your Surgeon can take to reduce uneven breasts.
  • But it should be understood that asymmetry is usual/normal, and may still be visible after surgery as well as before surgery.
  • Ask your Surgeon about asymmetry corrections for severely asymmetric breasts.

Breastfeeding – As with any breast surgery, ability to breastfeed may be affected after a breast reduction surgery.

Allergies – Please let your surgeon and nurse coordinator know if you have any allergies to the following; surgical tape, suture materials, glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents.

BIA-ALCL – A rare condition linked only with certain types of breast implants or bacterial contamination (scientific research continues). Far lower risk than breast cancer as a whole and currently believed very rare PLUS only linked to specific types of breast implant textures. Read more.

+-Does breast augmentation put me at a higher risk of Breast Cancer?

  • According to the American Cancer Society, there is no causal link between breast implants and breast cancer.
  • Implants can make it more difficult to see breast tissue through standard mammograms; however, there are screening techniques available which give a more thorough picture.
  • Risks of ALCL are being investigated but it is NOT breast cancer.

+-Will my Breast Surgery affect breastfeeding later in life?

The answer depends on exactly what type of breast surgery. For safety and better results, it is best to avoid surgery using incisions around the nipple-areola complex and avoid having ‘above the muscle’ implant placement. You should also choose an experienced plastic surgeon – not an under-qualified ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ or physician.

We generally recommend either ‘below the muscle’ implants and making incisions under the breast for the best breast surgery results if you are going to breastfeed children later in life or want the lowest chance of loss of nipple sensation.

Other risks:

Last updated: January 2019 RD.

Further Reading about Breast Augmentation or Boob Job

Last updated: 14/05/2022
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Dr Craig Rubinstein - MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Craig Rubinstein MBBS, FRACS (Plast), a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is one of Australia's most respected Melbourne Surgeons for Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction surgery and Abdominoplasty procedures. Using advanced surgical techniques to gain better body contouring and natural-looking surgical results, Dr Rubinstein is highly regarded by peers and patients for best-practice Clinic Patient-care and patient education strategies. He published a chapter on corrective surgery for Breast Asymmetry. Qualifications/Training Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The Australian Medical Association (AMA) American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) Founder: Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery previously Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men Bio Page: https://cocorubyplasticsurgery.com.au/dr-craig-rubinstein-plastic-surgeon/

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With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone 1300 264 811, Email us: enquiries@cocoruby.com.au or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Virtual Consultation with a Surgeon.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.