Breast Augmentation Side Effects
For women who are not satisfied with the size or shape of their breasts, they can turn to surgery. With breast augmentation surgery, saline or silicone implants are placed inside of the breasts to make them larger and shapelier. The surgery works well for women who want to increase their confidence and attain a more feminine shape. Women can also choose the procedure to achieve more symmetrical breasts and improved proportions.
At Tarrant Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Vishnu Rumalla conducts consultations to educate women about this surgery. During this time, he discusses the procedure in detail and also explains breast augmentation side effects. Dr. Rumalla’s goal is to leave women with results they will love.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Before surgery, patients are put under general anesthesia to make the experience more comfortable. The surgeon begins by placing incisions in the most discreet places to minimize the appearance of scars. Dr. Rumalla takes into account the size and type of the implants, the condition of your skin, and its laxity when determining whether to place the implant below or above the chest muscles. Finally, your surgeon sutures the incisions.
Since breast implants are an outpatient surgery at our Fort Worth location, patients can return home the same day. However, they will require a driver and may need a friend or family member to remain with them for several hours or overnight. The surgeon will provide you with instructions on how to care for your treatment area.
What Are the Side Effects of Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Just like with any surgery, there are side effects and risks associated with breast augmentation. Your surgeon will discuss them before your procedure to ensure you know what to expect after surgery.
Bruising and Swelling
The most common side effects of breast augmentation are bruising and swelling due to the manipulation of the skin and the body’s response. These effects eventually subside over time, usually after the first month. For some women, it might take two or three months since the body also has to get used to the change in the size and shape of the new breasts.
Tightness in the Chest
It is normal for women to feel a tightness in the chest after their breast augmentation surgery. Since the implants are placed above or below the muscle, they can press against the chest muscle, resulting in tightness. Swelling can also cause a tight feeling in the chest. The tightness and discomfort can last for several weeks.
After surgery and while the breasts are healing, some women may worry that their implants are too high on their chest. The implants will begin to settle into place the first three months and should reach their natural position within six months.
For some women, a side effect of surgery can be visible scarring. While scarring is common following the procedure, they should fade over time. However, for some patients, the scarring is thick and more prominent. In these cases, patients should speak with their surgeon to minimize the appearance of scars.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you want to learn more about breast augmentation surgery? If so, please contact our Fort Worth Office location by calling us at (817) 334-0030 or scheduling a consultation online. We would love to provide you with additional information.