So, she has been thinking of breast enhancement? That is an exceptional idea. These days
beauty and cosmetic looks are booming everywhere. Breast augmentation has increased by
868% since 1992 in the U.S. alone (Gladfelter,RN, 2004). Women undergo this procedure for
many different reasons but educating yourself on the possible outcomes of this procedure is a
must. Breast augmentation can have some serious and long term complications. Breast surgery
can cause hematoma, capsules, implant damage, and/or infection, which are just some of the
risks that can affect the final outcome.
Though there are multiple complications possible with this surgical procedure, capsular Contracture is the most common. The body has a natural mechanism to form a capsule, or scar tissue, around any item that is unfamiliar to it (Olding, MD, 2005-08). The real complication occurs when the scar tissue closes and hardens around the implant (Smart Breast Augmentation.com,2002-08). There are four severity levels of this complication. In level one and two, typically no further surgery is needed, the breasts may feel firm, but look normal (Smart Breast Augmentation.com,2002-08). When the contraction reaches a level three or four, the breast will look deformed and can be somewhat painful. A level three or four capsule will more than likely lead to another surgery. This complication is more common with the silicone, or gel filled, implants. Another option to reduce the chance of capsules is to choose a submuscular placement, which occurs when the implant is placed under the muscle (Gladfelter, RN, 2004). Even though capsules may be repaired by corrective surgery, there is still a chance that it will return.
Another complication involved when undergoing breast augmentation, is hematoma or seroma. Hematoma is a result of hemorrhaging, or bleeding internally. Hematoma is a collection of blood that causes bruising, which is the first and main sign. Hematoma...