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Understanding Breast Augmentation Risks

Breast augmentation surgery comes with unique risks such as implant failure and capsular contracture. With decades of surgical experience. Dr. Suzanne Yee in Little Rock, AR, can minimize breast augmentation risks and help you experience outstanding results. She also performs breast implant removal for patients who choose to undergo this revision surgery. Dr. Yee invites you to learn more about these risks and how she can help you safely achieve the results you desire.

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Breast implants themselves carry a risk of rupture or rippling.

Possible Complications

The complications that could arise after breast augmentation include:

Capsular Contracture

Whenever a foreign object – such as a breast implant – is introduced to the body, scar tissue forms around it. In some cases, however, this scar tissue – called a capsule – contracts, placing too much pressure on the implant. As a result, the breast may feel hard to the touch or appear distorted. Surgical revision is typically necessary to treat capsular contracture. It is not entirely understood why capsular contracture occurs, but evidence suggests that choosing a surgeon who follows the strictest safety and sterilization guidelines can reduce the risk of this condition.

Implant Rippling

Sometimes a breast implant can fold or wrinkle, causing a rippled appearance on the surface. When you choose a surgeon who spends plenty of time determining the right size of implant for your body, you can minimize this risk. Submuscular placement also reduces this risk.

Implant Rupture

If a rupture occurs in a saline implant, it is usually noticeable immediately because the breast flattens as the solution is safely absorbed by the body. When a silicone implant ruptures, it may not be immediately apparent, as it remains contained. In some cases, however, patients with a ruptured silicone implant may experience pain, swelling, or hardening of the breast. Dr. Yee can provide surgical revision when a rupture occurs.


Infection is a risk associated with every surgical procedure. Infection is initially characterized by redness, tenderness, or inflammation of the breasts. A patient can minimize this risk by choosing a reputable surgeon, attending follow-up exams, and following post-operative instructions as closely as possible. 


A hematoma occurs when blood pools beneath the surface of the skin. This condition can cause healing complications and should be treated as soon as possible. Your surgeon can drain the area to reduce inflammation and decrease the risk for further complications. 

Temporary Side Effects of Breast Augmentation

As with any surgical treatment, there are a number of temporary side effects that occur during recovery. These are not a cause for concern, and should diminish as your healing continues:


Following breast augmentation, you will be provided with a compression garment or surgical bra. This will support the tissues and help reduce swelling. While inflammation is still present, your breasts may feel heavy, tight, and large. It is not uncommon for swelling to be apparent in the abdominal region as well.


Some degree of bruising is common following breast augmentation. This should subside within one to two weeks. If your bruising is severe or painful, contact your doctor, as these could be signs of a hematoma.


Once your breast implants are placed, the surrounding tissues will need to adapt. During this adjustment period, your breasts may appear too round, too high, or feel too tight. This is normal during the early weeks. As your tissues relax, your implants will appear much more lifelike and natural.

Change in Sensation

Following breast augmentation, nipple sensation can be heightened or nonexistent. This is because nerve pathways are disturbed during the procedure. This side effect can linger for several months in some cases. In a very small percentage of patients, a loss of sensation is permanent.


Scarring is unavoidable after breast augmentation. However, Dr. Yee will place incisions in a strategic manner to minimize their appearance. Protecting scars from sunlight with clothing and sunscreen can help scars fade and remain minimally noticeable.

Book a Consultation

If you are considering breast augmentation, it is important to understand the risks associated with the procedure. To learn more about this treatment, schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact us online or call our office at (501) 214-0661.

Dr. Suzanne Yee

Suzanne Yee, MD

Dr. Suzanne Yee is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Little Rock, AR, who offers a wide variety of surgical and non-invasive treatments. Dr. Yee is affiliated with several prestigious organizations. Her memberships include:

  • Fellow of American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Fellow of American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Fellow of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

To schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art surgical center, please contact us online or call (501) 224-1044.

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