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Breast Implant Complications

Breast implant augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure that has produced desirable results for many women all over the world. The vast popularity of this type of procedure has driven scientific innovations in recent years, both in surgical techniques and in the design and construction of the implants. New silicone implants released on the market since 2006 offer women an exceptional level of safety and durability.

Many women had implants in the past, and are now unhappy with the appearance, whether in size or shape, or feel that the implants have shifted or appear unnatural. Some earlier types of implants have begun to leak, and require replacement surgery. At our breast implant clinic, we take pride in our ability to resolve any complications associated with implants that have problems.

Tracy Pfeifer, MD is an aesthetic plastic surgeon in New York City. Her practice is focused on breast surgeries and enhancements, and she has more than 18 years of experience performing all types of cosmetic breast surgeries. If you need to resolve any complications with your current implants, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pfeifer. She can explain what can be done to restore the beauty of your breasts, and resolve any complications you are experiencing with your current implants.

A range of complications can occur with older saline and silicone breast implants. Among the most common complications that Dr. Pfeifer can resolve include:

Capsular Contracture: This condition involves hardening of the breast tissue around the implant, which can be painful. There are 4 grades of severity of capsular contracture. In the most severe stages, the breast is firm or hard and painful and has an abnormal appearance. Severe capsular contracture usually requires reoperation or implant removal. If you are experiencing this complication, schedule a consultation so the problem can be resolved.

Rupture or Deflation: Rupture can occur with either silicone or saline breast implants, while deflation is a term typically associated with applied older saline implants. A rupture is a tear or hole in the outer shell of the implant. When this occurs with saline implants, the saline solution leaks out of the shell, and the implant deflates. When it occurs with silicone gel-filled implants, the gel may remain in the implant shell, or in the capsule the body forms around the implant. An older implant that has ruptured should be removed and replaced, and we often perform this important procedure.