Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Fluid or blood-filled cysts in the healing breast tissue
- Abnormal scarring
- Painful and/or restricted arm and shoulder motion
- Uneven appearance of breasts, due either to position or size
- Implant may harden, rupture, or leak
- Implant may make cancer detection (through mammogram and/or self-exam) more difficult
- Newly reconstructed breast will not have nerve sensation
- The need to have more surgeries, including having the implants removed
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Bleeding disorder
- Chronic illness or debilitation
- Prior radiation therapy to the chest wall, which may make healing more difficult
Silicone-filled breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. They typically need to be removed within 10 years. Your risk for complications increases the longer you have the implants.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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