What are some of the major risks involved in breast augmentation?

The major risk of breast augmentation is capsular formation – when a fibrous layer forms around a foreign body – but this occurs in only about 5% of patients. We have had no patients with this problem, and we put this down to the fact that the surgeons use the safest and highest quality implants (you may find that other surgeons use cheaper copies to keep the prices down). Also, the surgeons nearly always inserts the implant underneath the muscle, rather than in front, as this gives a more natural appearance, while also reducing the risk of capsular contracture. In most cases, breast implants last a lifetime, although gravity will have its usual effect with age, and patients can get their implants replaced after 10 years, but this is to give a better shape, not because of implant problems.

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