Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Plastic Surgery
Procedure: Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline.
Length: One to two hours.
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.
In/outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side effects: Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising; breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.
Risks: Lack of implant permanence--surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation, the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Mammography requires a special technique. (Note: Some women have reported symptoms similar to those of immune disorders. Ask your doctor about these and other FDA concerns.)
Recovery: Back to work: a few days. Physical contact with breasts: three to four weeks. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.
Duration of Results: Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.
Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.