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    What are the side effects of breast augmentation?

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    Dr Anh Nguyen

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Anh Nguyen (MBBS (Hons) PGradDipSurgAnat FRACS (Plast)) is a highly qualified, Australian-trained and registered Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon based in Perth, WA. She … View Profile

    No surgery is without risk. So it is important that you be as informed as possible of all of the potential risks and complications that can occur with undergoing a surgical procedure.

    The risk of breast augmentation include the general and specific risks as well as the immediate, early and late complications.

    General risks include pain, anaesthetic risks (nausea, vomiting, dental injury, awareness etc), infection, bleeding, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs)

    Specific risks include pain (wound, breast, nerve-type), bleeding and haematoma requiring return to the operating room, infection of the wound or the implant requiring implant removal and antibiotics, delayed wound healing, hypertrophic or keloid scarring, implant extrusion, implant rupture (1% per year cumulative), capsular contracture (1% per year cumulative), altered sensation of the nipples and recurrent ptosis. 

    Of course there are other risks which is best discussed with your surgeon. 

    The majority of women who undergo this surgery are very happy with the outcome but it is always best to be well-informed of the risks and prepared for any complication that may arise.

  • Dr Michael Yunaev

    Breast Surgeon, General Surgeon

    Thanks for your question.

    Breast augmentation like any other surgery has a range of issues that may be associated with it.

    Beyond the surgery itself and the complications covered above, it is importnant to think about this as a lifelong lifestyle decision that will have a number of impacts on your life.

    Have a read about this in the article below, it may help you decide whether this is for you.

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