One potential deterrent for women considering breast enlargement surgery is the potential for surgical complications, including complications that may require breast implant revision surgeries. However, a new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that complications from breast enlargement are less frequent than previously reported. The study looked at reported complications for nearly 5400 women who had breast augmentation from 1999-2007. The average follow-up was 3.8 years, with some patients followed for almost the entire period of the study.
According to the study's results, only 16.7 percent of patients experienced any complication, and only 4.8 percent had complications requiring surgery, much lower than complication rates reported elsewhere, including the informed consent documents that every patient is given before breast enlargement. The study reported complication rates at 30 days, 3 years, and 5 years. Within 30 days, the most common complications were hematoma (bleeding, 1.1 percent) and infection (1.2 percent). After 5 years, the most common complications were changes in sensation (8.7 percent) and asymmetry or displacement of implant (5.2 percent).
Complication rates also vary between surgeons. If you would like to discuss breast enlargement surgery, including possible complications, please contact New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today.