Breast Enlargement Risks and Complications

Published on July 15, 2009 by Brian Joseph

Some women believe that getting breast implants will solve many of their social problems and radically change their lives for the better. While it is true that breast augmentation can give women renewed feelings of self-confidence, there are physical complications that can arise as a result of the implants. Even under the skilled care of a qualified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Joseph, there are potential risks associated with this surgical procedure.


Implant rupture is one of the most common complications of breast augmentation. Whether due to the normal lifespan of the implant, excessive pressure or other reasons, both silicone and saline implants can break and leak the gels or solutions into the body. This can lead to actual breast deflation, asymmetry, pain and other sensations or appearances.

A condition called capsular contracture is another common complication. In this situation the scar tissue around the implants begins to tighten, constricting the breast and hardening the implant. This can be a very painful condition that results in awkward implant appearances.

Other complications can include infections, breast wrinkling, breast unevenness and general disappointment with the overall breast appearance. Additional surgical operations or implant removal may be necessary to correct these problems.

For many women, the benefits of breast enlargement surgery outweigh the risks. If you are considering this procedure, please arrange for a free breast enlargement consultation with Dr. Brian Joseph, Orlando, Winter Park area cosmetic surgeon.

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