In any surgery, no matter how minor, there is always a risk. This is true even for breast augmentation, which is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the country. What is the best approach to take in order to minimize possible complications during augmentation surgery?
Considering Anesthesia Risks
The largest risk in any surgery, even cosmetic procedures, is anesthesia-related complications. Having an experienced, board certified anesthesiologist is an absolute must for ensuring a safe procedure. Alternatively, some surgeons are taking a new approach, combining IV sedation with a local anesthetic rather than opting for general anesthesia. This is called Awake Breast Augmentation, but not all surgeons feel this is a viable solution.
Avoiding Capsular Contracture
The development of excessive scar tissue is a primary consideration when it comes to breast augmentation. This risk can be minimized by opting for submuscular placement rather than subglandular, using saline implants, or using either saline or silicone implants that have a textured outer shell. Thoroughly saturating the implant pocket with antibiotic solution and handling the implants as little as possible also minimize capsular contracture risks.
Focus on Surgical Skill
Many of the complications of breast augmentation are related to aesthetics rather than health concerns. Lateral displacement, synmastia and other breast implant malposition can all be largely avoided when surgeons have extensive experience performing breast augmentations. The more breast implants a surgeon places in any given year, the more practiced he or she becomes in recognizing the surgical choices that could lead to a less than ideal aesthetic.