Is Breast Enlargement Safe?

Breast enlargement surgery is one of the most types of cosmetic surgery in the UK, and so because of this, the quality of the surgery and implants used has risen massively over the past twenty years. Despite this, there still may be complications that may arise post-surgery, especially if the surgeon’s recovery plan is not followed accordingly.

A breast augmentation, otherwise known as breast enlargement, is a surgery that is often carried out for cosmetic reasons – and involves a surgeon using specialist implants to increase the volume, size, and shape of the breasts.

The surgery uses either fat transfer, breast implants, or a mixture of the two to increase the size of the breasts. There are many reasons someone might undergo breast enlargement surgery, such as confidence, to even out any symmetrical differences between the two breasts, and many more.

Possible Complications

As with all surgeries, there is a possibility of complications both during and post-surgery. This is no different for breast enlargement surgery. Fortunately, with the intense popularity of breast enlargement surgery across the world, the surgeries have been improving massively in safety – and if everything is done correctly, recovery should be very straightforward.

These are some of the specific complications that may arise from breast enlargement surgery, if you exhibit any of these symptoms, it is important that you let your surgeon know as soon as possible.

  • Infection – it is possible for an infection to develop post-surgery. The breast will appear red, and swollen, and the patient may feel nauseous. This is minor complication if treated with antibiotics. Sometimes the infection may be so minor that it simply goes away with rest. In really bad cases, the implant may need to be removed and then replaced later.
  • Changes in feeling – after surgery, the sensation in the nipple and areola might change. It may become more or less sensitive, however in most cases it returns to normal once fully recovered. If the sensation does not return, there is a possibility that the sensation will not return.
  • Implant rupture – whilst implant rupture might sound dangerous and scary, it is actually relatively common and easily fixed. It usually just requires another session with the surgeon to replace the broken implant.

What To Think About

One of the first things you should think about before breast enlargement surgery is what kind of breast implants you should get. There are two kinds: saline and silicone.

In terms of the most popular implants, silicone implants are the ones most widely used in the UK and are known to feel more like natural breasts. If silicone implants rupture, they may cause lumps in the breasts.

Saline implants are more likely to become misshapen or rupture, however it is safer when they rupture as the saline will be absorbed by the body.

Another thing to think about is the surgeon to go with. It is worth checking the CQC (Care Quality Commission) when looking for a surgeon, to see if they are registered with them. All independent surgeons and clinics must be registered with the CQC to practice.

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