Complications are a factor in every medical procedure. The good news about breast augmentation is that the risks are rare and have significantly decreased over the years. Since plastic surgeons began performing breast augmentation forty-five years ago, the plastic surgery community has made several advancements to reduce the risk of complications from breast augmentation. From the consultation to the pre-operative phase, surgery and recovery, plastic surgeons take precautions to reduce the risk of complications. The following provides a recap of some of the precautions and tools that are used to prevent complications:
1. The Initial Consultation: During the initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will review your medical history and the list of medications, over-the-counter drugs and supplements that you may be taking. This will help identify any red flags that would increase the risk of complications so that the plastic surgeon can take precautions prior to surgery that would prevent those risks. One method to reduce risks created by other medications is to cease the medication at least two weeks prior to surgery.
2. Secondary Consultation: A secondary consultation is performed to review any additional aspects of surgery and alternatives to the proposed technique for surgery. During this time, women may try on different breast implant sizes in order to ensure the right fit and reduce the risk of re-operation because of inappropriate breast implant size. In addition, breast implants are improved, so the rupture, leak and deflation rate has decreased significantly.
3. Surgery: Breast augmentation surgery is a more delicate procedure than in years past. The modern tools used in surgery today allow for greater precision and enhanced visibility for a more direct approach to surgery. The sutures that are used reduce the risk of excessive scar formation and infection as well. Then risk of capsular contracture has also been significantly reduced because of the techniques used today. Finally, women may select local anesthesia for breast augmentation which is associated with less risk.
4. Recovery: There are private recovery suites that are available for added personal nursing attention following the procedure. There may be medications prescribed to reduce inflammation. There are modern day scar products available to enhance the scar rejuvenation process.