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A 41-year-old member asked:

Im considering breast implants and i would like to know the risks?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Follow up is key: The long term risks of breast implants are the need for follow up. The primary danger is neglecting them. Implants are very simple machines, essentially inflatable bladders which can fail. As a foreign body, they present the same risks as many other implants with scarring or infection. When any of these situations occur, treatment should promptly follow with relatively few long term consequence.
Dr. Clark Schierle
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Breast Implant Risks: Asymmetry, infection, bleeding, dissatisfaction with size or position, rupture, need for additional surgery, palpability, risks of anesthesia, inability to totally predict or guarantee outcome.
Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery 32 years experience
Multiple Risks: Please be aware that all surgery carries risks. Best to discuss with your board certificed cosmetic surgeon. Note fda view on breast implants: http://www.Fda.Gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/breastimplants/default.Htm i recommend my patients to review the site and bring a detailed list of questions to the consultation for an informed discussion.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Many.: Risks include infection, bleeding, abnormal scarring, unsatisfactory cosmetic result of specific problems related to breast implants such as: rippling/pop ability of breast implants, encapsulation ( heavy scar tissue around breast implant), breast implant displacement, breast asymmetry, interference with mammograms etc. Patients should also be aware that further surgery will likely be needed.
Dr. Matthew Schulman
Surgery - Plastics 22 years experience
Complicated: The only was to answer this is through a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Sorry.
Last updated May 3, 2015
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