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Side Effects of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Posted Jul 26, 2013 by Stephen Greenberg, MD

Breast Augmentation / Enlargement / Implants - Side EffectsWhen it comes to your options for aesthetic enhancement, there is one surgery above many others that proves to be the most popular time and again: breast augmentation surgery. By undergoing breast augmentation, patients can improve the shape, size, and overall look of their breasts. In the process, patients can also enhance their curves overall in rather dramatic ways.

When you visit a surgeon for a plastic surgery consultation, you will be able to learn about all of the risk and benefits of breast enlargement surgery. Right now, we'd like to look at some of the basics surrounding the side effects of breast implants surgery.

Are side effects common after breast augmentation surgery?

Yes, actually. Side effects in the manner we're talking about them are natural parts of the healing process. When you undergo any surgery, you'll note side effects while your body is in the process of recovering.

Minor Side Effects

Some of the minor side effects experienced while patients recover from breast augmentation surgery include:

  • Soreness/discomfort
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Grogginess
  • Changes in nipple sensitivity
  • Changes in breast sensation

Serious Side Effects / Complications

Serious side effects and complications can occur after undergoing breast augmentation surgery. These serious side effects include:

  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive discomfort
  • Capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around the breast implants)

Dealing with Side Effects

Many of the minor side effects that patients experience after undergoing breast augmentation surgery can be dealt with simply by following the instructions for post-op care provided by your cosmetic plastic surgeon. In the case of discomfort, it's important that patients rest and take recommended pain medication as directed.

As far as serious side effects and complications, it's important that these issues be dealt with directly by your surgeon. Should you notice any strange occurrences while you are healing, be sure to contact your surgeon right away in order to get proper care.

Preventing Complications

In order to prevent complications from occurring, it's important that patients follow pre-operative and post-operative instructions as provided by their surgeons. By following these instructions closely, patients will be able to healing efficiently as with as little undue distress as possible.

In addition, be sure to follow your surgeon's instructions following each follow-up visit. You will be able to return to certain normal activities while you heal, but each patient heals at their own pace. Your surgeon will help make sure that you heal well each step of the way.

Making the Best Choices for You and Your Needs

We know that breast augmentation surgery can be a major decision, which is why it's important to us that you get all the information that you need to make a choice with which you are comfortable. During your visit, we will be sure to address all of your concerns in full detail.

Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about breast enhancement surgery and if it would be right for you, be sure to contact our Manhattan and Long Island cosmetic surgery centers today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible aesthetic results in the process.

Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery
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461 Park Ave S
Manhattan, NY 10016
(212) 319-4999







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160 Crossways Park Dr
Woodbury, NY 11797
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Southampton, NY 11968
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Boca Raton, FL 33486
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