A 40-year-old member asked:
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what are the long term side effects of getting a boob job?

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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Contractures: Are the biggest long term risks. Contractures are when the scar tissue that naturally surrounds the implant shrinks over time and actually becomes smaller than the implant itself. Thus creating distortion to the the implant and causing it to become rock hard or misshapen. Other risk include infection, scar, loss of nipple sensation or the ability to lactate.
Answered on Aug 12, 2012
Dr. Richard Tholen
40 years experience Plastic Surgery
Happiness!: Truly, there is so much "bad press" about breast augmentation you would think nobody has the surgery. Yet over 318, 000 women requested this operation in 2010, up 214 percent from 1997 [asaps data]. The most common reason for re-operation is wanting to go bigger. All other risks (bleeding, infection, capsular contracture, rupture, saline leak) are in the low single digits! most love them!
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Azita Madjidi
29 years experience Plastic Surgery
Variable: Breast implants, if that is what you mean, are not lifetime devices. It is hard to predict how a patient will go though life with her implants, but there are potential problems that can appear as times go by: infection, capsular contracture and rupture are a few of those. Now, if they happen and when they will happen is difficult to predict for an individual. Statistically there are numbers.
Answered on Feb 27, 2013

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