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What are possible complications from breast implants?

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Breast implant surgery is a cosmetic, not medical, procedure. But any surgery carries a chance for harm and complications, such as:

It is also possible for implants to leak. If saline implants rupture and deflate, your body will simply absorb the saline, which is sterile salt water. A second type of implant is filled with a type of plastic gel called silicone. It can leak inside or outside the shell. A silicone leak may not be obvious. This is called a silent rupture.

  • Breast pain
  • Changes in sensation in the nipple and breast
  • Scar tissue forming and hardening in the area around the implant
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Problems with the size or shape of the implants (for example, the breasts may not be even)

SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



The Lancet OncologyWomen's Oncology Review

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



The Lancet OncologyWomen's Oncology Review

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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