As with all surgeries, there is a risk of complication with breast augmentation. However, the risks associated with the surgery have been steadily declining over the last decade, as doctors have developed new tools and techniques to increase the safety of the procedure. Edelstein Cosmetic has designed their breast augmentation surgery to reduce potential risks, make the procedure easier on patients, and to shorten recovery time. Read on to learn more about the possible risks involved, and the many precautions we take to avoid them.
The main risk associated with breast augmentation procedure is capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue forms around breast implants, causing them to harden, look different, or feel uncomfortable. In the past, patients who had breast augmentation would be instructed to massage their breasts afterwards to prevent this from happening. But with Dr. Edelstein’s and Dr. Jindal’s innovative surgical techniques and pre- and post-operative care measures, the need for this type of massage is not necessary. In fact, while a study by Health Canada recorded there is a 25% chance of breast augmentation patients experiencing capsular contracture after their surgeries, at Edelstein Cosmetic, our patients’ rate of capsular contracture is significantly lower- just 1%.
The methods are specially designed to reduce the risk of capsular contracture. Although the cause of capsular contracture is still not known with certainty, it may result from too much tissue trauma, bleeding, improperly-sized implants, or contamination with bacteria. Instead, an ideal recovery situation can be created by taking the time to reduce trauma and bleeding during and after surgery, selecting proportionately-sized implants, and by minimizing the use of medical devices such as pain pumps and drainage tubes after surgery.
Before Your Procedure
Before the breast augmentation procedure, your doctor will meet with you to discuss your needs and determine the most appropriate implant for you, using an approach called “dimensional breast augmentation.” This means taking the time to evaluate your height, weight, breast dimensions, other unique physical traits, and your desired cup size, in order to determine the correct size and shape of your implant and the specific surgical technique required for your unique physique. To ensure that your body is prepared for the surgery and will heal quickly, your doctor will also prescribe proactive medications to take in advance.
During The Operation
During the operation, we will minimize the amount of time you are under general anaesthesia by waking you up immediately after the procedure is complete. This will greatly decrease the chance of post-operative nausea and/or vomiting.
Some of Dr. Edelstein’s and Dr. Jindal’s most important risk-minimizing innovations come into play in the operating room. At Edelstein Cosmetic, doctors perform a bloodless breast augmentation. They achieve this by carefully cauterizing the end of every blood vessel in the insertion area, eliminating bleeding and fluid build-up after surgery. Our doctors always strive to make the smallest incisions possible to minimize scarring. They also use the “No Touch” method, inserting implants with the special one-time-use Keller Funnel™, which ensures the implant never touches the surgeon’s glove or the patient’s skin. The Keller Funnel is believed to lower the risk of capsular contracture by decreasing the risk of bacterial contamination. All of these steps are intended to decrease tissue damage, inflammation, and complications after surgery.
Choosing a skilled, experienced surgeon is the best way to keep the risks of complication low. The information presented above outlines the basic information you should know about potential risks associated with breast augmentation. However, we invite you to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable and safe before your procedure. If you would like to speak to one of our doctors, call our office by dialing (416) 256-5614 and begin a conversation with us today.