What are the potential side effects of a breast augmentation?

Breast augmentations are the UK’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedure with more than 8,600 performed in 2014. It produces predictable results, takes around an hour and a half, and usually requires just one night’s stay in hospital. However, relatively straightforward it may be, it is important that anyone considering a breast augmentation understand the risks involved.

What is capsular contracture?

During your breast augmentation consultation at Mr Sudip Ghosh’s Milton Keynes clinic, you will discuss the procedure in detail and what side effects you may experience. Mr Ghosh will describe one of the most common potential side effects of breast implants: capsular contracture. When a foreign object is implanted, the body’s natural response is to form a hard shell of fibrous scar tissue around it. This tissue can shrink over time, squeezing the breast implant and causing some discomfort. Mr Ghosh will also explain how breast implant technology evolves continually and that cases of capsular contracture are in decline. Milton Keynes-based surgeon Mr Ghosh only uses implants that have been rigorously tested and are of the highest quality; he can show you the range of implants he prefers to use and will explain why.

Am I likely to lose nipple sensation?

Altered nipple sensation can and does happen, but it is not common – and is usually only temporary. In most cases, normal sensitivity returns after six months, although some report it taking over a year. Choosing implants that are significantly larger than your natural breast will increase the risk of numbness as the nerves serving the nipple and areolar will be stretched considerably. Implant technique can also be a factor in how the nerves are affected; your breast augmentation surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of each incision site with you and you can decide if nipple sensation is a priority.

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