Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Department of Plastic Surgery

(909) 558-4176

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.