Breast Augmentation Complications
As with most surgical procedures complications are unlikely when performed by a skilled and competent surgeon. Complications include, but are not limited to anesthesia risks, bleeding, infection, capsular contracture (firmness or hardening of the healing tissues around the implant), deflation, poor healing with prominent or obvious scars, numbness, altered nipple sensation, loss of nipple sensation, asymmetry in breasts and/or areolas, enlarged areolas and need for revisional surgery or implant removal. Also rare, but possible are blood clots or emboli (blood clots which dislodge and travel in the blood stream to distant sites).
At the Aventura Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Venodyne calf compression devices are used for every breast augmentation surgery (as well as other surgeries). Venodynes are pressure cuffs that fit over each lower leg from the ankle to the knee circulating every one to two minutes to reduce the pooling of blood in the lower extremities and further reduce the possibility of blood clots or emboli. Smoking seriously decreases blood circulation in the skin which increases the risks of complications and poor healing.