During your consultation at his Dallas, TX, plastic surgery practice, Dr. David Liland can explain breast augmentation pros and cons so that you can make an informed choice about undergoing the procedure. Educated patients often find that the benefits justify the risks. Meanwhile, choosing a highly trained and trusted surgeon like Dr. Liland can help you feel even more confident about undergoing breast augmentation.
Breast implants are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They do not affect your breast health or cause breast cancer. Although they can make it harder to detect breast cancer, technology is constantly evolving in order to more accurately detect any abnormalities regardless of the presence of an implant.
Breast augmentation can improve the fullness, firmness, shape, and size of your breasts in a single surgery, providing a powerful boost in self-confidence. Many patients find that their improved confidence and renewed ability to wear what they want dramatically improves their quality of life.
According to the FDA, complications occur in at least one percent implant patients. They can occur during the procedure, shortly after, or years later:
Anesthesia complications and bleeding are both complications that can occur during surgery. Dr. Liland will conduct a thorough review of your medical history to make certain that you can safely undergo surgery.
After surgery, patients can expect:
These effects subside on their own within a few weeks. If they do not, contact our practice immediately to discuss your treatment options.
Other risks include infection and developing a hematoma. If you experience any symptoms of infection, contact your surgeon right away.
A hematoma is a pooling of blood beneath the skin. For example, a bruise is considered a mild hematoma. However, the condition can also occur under a breast implant, causing persistent pain and other issues. We will schedule follow-up exams to make certain these issues are not affecting your recovery.
Dr. Liland performs about 500 breast surgeries per year.
The long-term risks of breast augmentation surgery include:
- Nipple or breast sensitivity
- Poor scarring
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Capsular contracture
- Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (the risk is extremely low and the disease only occurs in three out of 100 million women)
- Fluid buildup
Implants do not last forever, and you will eventually need to have one or both replaced at some point.
These issues can be treated by Dr. Liland with revision breast surgery.
What You Can Do to Lower Your Risks
There are several things that you can do to lower your risk of complications, including:
- Choosing the right implant surgeon: Choosing a highly trained surgeon to perform implant surgery is the single most important thing patients can do to ensure the success of their procedure. Since early in his career, Dr. Liland has performed about 500 breast surgeries per year. A growing number of patients choose him because of the excellent results he consistently provides.
- Quitting smoking: Smoking is not recommended for patients who are considering breast surgery because it increases the risk of complications and can compromise healing.
- Attending your follow-up visits: It is important to attend every follow-up appointment with Dr. Liland. If your wounds are healing slowly, this can increase your risk of infection. However, most infections can be stopped with prescription antibiotics.
- Being aware of symptoms: During your recovery, watch for symptoms such as redness, swelling, and burning that do not go away.