{Aired 03.22.14}

What Leads to Breast Augmentation Complications?

Countless women experience complications with their breast augmentation and the source of these issues comes down to two topics: poor research and decisions based on price. Often the focus of breast augmentation is the final outcome rather than the maintaining your health. In this episode of Real Talk we are joined by a guest who will tell her unfortunate and common story of capsular contracture, a breast augmentation complication.

Common Breast Implants

  • Saline Breast Implants – saline filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline).
  • Silicone Breast Implants – silicone filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel (silicone). Although many women say that silicone implants feel more like real breasts.

Sientra was mentioned in a previous show as a new distributor of gel breast implants in the United States that holds their products to a higher standard with their warranty and restricts their product only to board certified plastic surgeons.

Warnings with Breast Implants

  • There is a risk of rupture
  • There is a risk of infection
  • There is a risk of Capsular Contracture

Capsular Contracture

Capsular Contracture is a response of the immune system to foreign materials in the human body. Scar tissue will form around the breast implant creating a hard shell. Over time this will become painful and restrict a woman from performing every day activities. The solution to capsular contracture is to have the implant removed and replaced with another implant.

  • A woman cannot be tested to see if she will be prone to capsular contracture; this is a risk you are taking with any breast implant
  • Women prone to capsular contracture will eventually need to remove the implant all together if a breast implant exchange does not solve the issue

 Common Mistakes When Seeking a Breast Augmentation

  • Research begins with PRICE
  • Concerns are with scars rather than medical safety ; some incisions will be less likely to develop capsular contracture
  • Ignoring your intuition anytime during the process (in the initial consultation or even pre-op)
  • Fail to ask questions even if you feel they are simple
  • Fail to have realistic expectations about the outcome and the risks
  • Fail to get pre-op and post-op photos of your surgery
  • Seeking the surgery in other countries and cities based on pricing

Click here for a list of questions to ask your Plastic Surgeon about capsular contracture.