Bleeding: Bleeding may occur after surgery (usually within 12 hours of the operation). A very small amount of bleeding is not uncommon but anything more than this may mean that you need another short operation to stop the bleeding.
Infection: You will be given antibiotics at the time of surgery as a precaution against infection. If the wound becomes infected you may require a further course of antibiotics.
Any infections that occur in the tissue around the implant can usually be treated with antibiotics. Sometimes, it is necessary to remove the implant until the infection has cleared. It will then be replaced with a new implant.
Asymmetry (unequal size and shape): You will have discussed with your surgeon what breast size you would ideally like to be, although the final cup size cannot be guaranteed. After breast augmentation, the size and shape of the breasts will adjust with time. It is not always possible to create a cleavage.
The weight of the implant may influence the age related changes that normally take place in breasts i.e. stretching of the skin causing the breast tissue to lie lower on the chest wall.
Most women have some degree of asymmetry (inequality in breast shape and size). Breast augmentation may occasionally exaggerate this difference.
A breast that has an underlying implant may not feel like a normal breast and some women may be aware of the implant within the breast.
Nipple sensitivity may be affected. Nipples can become more or less sensitive after breast augmentation.
Scars: You will be left with scars at the site of incision. All scars are red and raised initially and begin to settle over a 12-month period. Occasionally, the scars can become red and raised permanently and can itch. These are known as hypertrophic, or keloid, scars and are difficult to treat. The scars may also stretch. Once the wounds have healed, massage of the scars using a non-perfumed moisturising cream for 10 minutes, four times a day, will help the scars to fade.
If you require any further information or advice, please contact any of the following:
Plastic Surgery Breast Nurse RVI
(Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm)
Telephone: (0191) 282 0194
Sister or Nurse in Charge - Plastic Surgery Outpatient Department RVI
(Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm)
Telephone: (0191) 282 4228
Sister or Nurse in Charge – Ward 47 RVI
(at any time)
Telephone: (0191) 282 5647