Risks of Breast Enlargement

Plastic Surgeon Serving Indianapolis, Indiana


While breast enlargement is an extremely safe procedure, it is still surgery. And like all surgical procedures, it is associated with some risks. Some of these risks are related to surgery in general, while others are specific to breast enlargement.

General risks include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Unsatisfactory scars

While rare, the risks specifically related to breast enlargement include:

  • Capsular contracture – A condition occurring when the normal capsule of fibrous tissue that surrounds all breast implants becomes tight.
  • Rippling – A wrinkling of the implant shell, which causes the implant to look and feel less natural. This risk is generally associated with saline breast implants.
  • Bottoming out – A condition occurring when the breast implant shifts downward, altering the shape of your breast and causing the nipple to point upward.
  • Breast implant rupture – Breast implants are not meant to last forever. Eventually, they may rupture. While silicone breast implants typically maintain their shape in the event of a rupture, saline breast implants will deflate, altering the size and shape of your breast.
  • Interference with mammograms – When you have a mammogram the technician will have to shoot the X-rays around the implant, which can make it more challenging to view the breast. However, Dr. Fata can recommend a breast implant placement option and experienced mammogram centers that will reduce this risk.
  • Loss of nipple sensation – This is generally temporary, and your nipple sensation should gradually return over the first few months following your procedure.

At your initial consultation, Dr. Fata will review these risks with you in detail to make sure you fully understand them before moving forward with your breast enlargement procedure.

Please contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery today to schedule your initial breast enlargement consultation. Dr. Joseph Fata serves patients in Indianapolis, Indiana.