What problems can breast implants cause?

Breast implants, while a popular cosmetic enhancement option, are not without their potential complications and risks. While many individuals undergo breast augmentation successfully, it is crucial to be aware of the potential problems associated with these procedures.

One primary concern is the risk of complications during and after surgery. Surgical procedures always carry inherent risks such as infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Additionally, breast implant surgery may result in complications specific to the implants themselves. One common issue is the development of capsular contracture, where the scar tissue around the implant tightens, causing the breast to feel firm and potentially causing discomfort.

Leakage or rupture of implants is another concern. Modern implants are designed to be durable, but they can still rupture or leak over time. If a saline implant ruptures, the saline solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body. However, if a silicone implant leaks, it may stay within the implant pocket or spread to other areas, potentially causing health issues.

Breast implants are not permanent devices, and they may require additional surgeries over the years. Complications such as implant displacement, asymmetry, or changes in breast shape may necessitate revision surgery. Furthermore, over time, implants may naturally age, leading to issues like wrinkling or changes in breast appearance.

In some cases, individuals may experience systemic health issues related to breast implants. Certain studies have suggested potential links between silicone implants and autoimmune disorders, though the evidence remains inconclusive. Regular monitoring and communication with healthcare professionals are essential to identify and address any emerging health concerns.

Psychological factors should not be overlooked. Some individuals may experience dissatisfaction with the cosmetic results, leading to psychological distress. Additionally, societal pressures and unrealistic expectations can contribute to mental health issues post-surgery.

In conclusion, while breast implants can enhance physical appearance and boost self-confidence, they are not without risks and potential problems. Prospective candidates should thoroughly research and weigh the benefits against the potential complications, maintaining open communication with their healthcare providers throughout the entire process to minimise risks and address concerns promptly.

If you’re worried about your breast implants, why not book a scan with us at Implant Health?

Implant Health gives patients access to personalised breast health screenings, with only the very best surgeons, and radiologists to ensure the highest standards of excellence.

Currently, the service is available at OneWelbeck Medical Centre in London. The scans start at £450 and are open to anybody who has breast implants.