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Breast Augmentation Risks


As with any surgical procedure, there are always risks involved for each individual.  At Dr. Suzanne Yee’s office in Little Rock, Arkansas, we feel it necessary to educate our patients of these risks.  

Complications regarding breast augmentation procedures may arise in several stages of the overall surgical experience.

General Surgical Risks

Prior to breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Suzanne Yee advises her patients to forgo certain medications and dietary supplements.  Dr. Yee also strongly advises her patients to discontinue use of tobacco and alcohol products.  There are several possible risks if these guidelines are not followed:

  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Blood Clots
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Healing Issues
  • Anesthesia Interference
  • Excessive scarring

Post-Surgical Breast Augmentation Risks 

During or closely following the procedure, complications may occur that have little or no explanation.  At Dr. Yee’s Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center, Dr. Yee and her OR staff are highly trained in preventing and managing these occurrences.

  • Hematoma – collection of blood in a certain area, beneath the skin
  • Seroma – accumulation of fluid under or near the site of an incision 
  • Capsular Contracture – development of tissue around the implant that may cause firmness and discomfort.  Another procedure may be necessary to correct a capsular contracture, may occur soon after surgery or at a later time
  • Infection – near incision, may be caused from wound separation
  • Wound Separation – incision site may separate, making the implant and the surrounding tissue visible
  • Implant Rejection – the body rejects one or both of the implants
  • Loss of Nipple Sensation – damage to nerves and surrounding tissue may cause loss of sensation

Later Risks from Breast Augmentation

After a breast augmentation procedure, long-term issues still may develop.  At Dr. Suzanne Yee’s Cosmetic & Laser Surgery center in Little Rock, Arkansas, we have our Breast Augmentation patients return to our facility for follow up appointments to help ensure these issues are prevented or discovered during early stages.

  • Asymmetry – the outcome may not be as visibly pleasing to the patient
  • Intense Firmness – over time the implant may begin to harden, making the breast firm and often painful
  • Rippling – tissue surrounding the implant and implant pocket may become thin over time, making visible the surface of the implant
  • Bottoming Out – existing, thin breast tissue may not support the implant, and the implant slips below the fold under the breast
  • Implant Rupture – the surface of the implant may rupture, causing implant leakage
  • Implant Deflation – the implant shell may tear and the silicone or saline may slowly leak out into the body, causing the implant to become flat
  • Calcification Deposits – Calcium deposits may form around the implant and surrounding tissue, causing pain and tenderness
  • Late Capsular Contracture – Tissue development around one or both of the implants after a long period of time.  Surgery may be performed to correct this, and at this time the implants may be exchanged

At Dr. Suzanne Yee’s Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Yee takes pride in her low percentage of these instances.  Dr. Yee and her staff provide the utmost in patient care knowledge to ensure each individual has the most outstanding experience possible.  

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