Breast Implants Exchange: Safety and Risks
Breast implants exchange is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove old implants and replace them with new implants, which could be similar to or different from the original ones. The implants exchange plastic surgery will usually involve similar a risk profile as the primary breast augmentation, but in some cases, the exchange procedure may be slightly more complicated. Many times the cosmetic surgeon may also recommend breast lift in conjunction with implants exchange to achieve more effective outcomes, which can make it a more extensive surgery. Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon providing this procedure to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and other areas. During the initial consultation he will discuss various aspects of the procedure, including the risk and safety profile, in order to help the patient make an informed choice.
Possible Risks and Complications
Breast implants exchange cosmetic surgery may involve the following potential complications and risks: General Anesthesia Risks The cosmetic surgeon will decide whether the procedure should be performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The skills and experience of the anesthesia team will make a difference to the safety profile of the procedure. The surgeon should also determine the patient’s general health condition to ensure that she is fit to undergo the procedure with general anesthesia. Infection Risks Every surgical procedure involves certain degree of risk of infection. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Seify ensures that breast implants exchange procedure is performed under completely secure and sterile conditions for his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby locations. He will also prescribe antibiotics during recovery period to minimize the risk of infection. Risk of Capsular Contracture In breast implants exchange, the surgeon will usually recommend high quality latest implants with a superior safety profile. However, the risk of capsular contracture can still not be ruled out completely, and it is inherent to every breast implant surgery, including replacement procedures. Additional Risks In case of breast implants exchange, the first preference of the surgeon will be to use the original incision lines to perform the procedure. However, sometimes additional incisions may be involved if the new implants are of a different size or if breast lift is combined with the procedure. This increases the risk of additional scarring. Alterations in nipple or breast sensation may occur in some patients. The risk of accumulation of excess fluid or blood exists in any surgery, and the surgeon may place temporary drains beneath the skin to minimize this risk. Patients should have a clear understanding of the potential risks before going ahead with the procedure.
Choice of Breast Implants
The final outcome in breast implants exchange surgery will be impacted by the choice of the type, size, shape, and profile of breast implants. This choice should be determined in close coordination between the surgeon and the patient. Any error on this account is likely to reflect adversely in the final aesthetic results of the procedure, despite a fantastic and successfully performed surgery.
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