Breast Implant Safety

A breast implant is a medical device used to enhance the volume or shape of a women’s breast during a breast augmentation or breast reconstruction. There are two types of implants approved by the FDA: silicone and saline. Some women choose saline as it can provide a more natural look and feel to the breast. There are some risks associated with both types of breast implants. These include pain and changing sensation in the breast and nipple. Another issue to take under consideration when choosing breast implants is that subsequent surgeries may be needed in order to maintain the shape and lift of the breast as the body and implant ages. While implants are durable devices, there is no guarantee that they will last your entire life. Being cognizant of sensation and shape in your breast can help you recognize if an implant may have ruptured; if you notice unusual sensation or shape, contact your plastic surgeon to ensure you implants are still intact.

Another risk of breast implants is capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is when a scar tissue forms around the implant creating a hard capsule which encases the implant. If you would like to see a video of a capsule from a Grade IV capsular contracture patient, please head to Dr. Kim’s Instagram and watch the post from May 17th, 2020.

Dr. John Kim is a renowned plastic surgeon in Chicago. He will answer any questions or concerns you have about implants before your surgery and help you choose the right implant to achieve your goals. He will work closely with you during your consultation visit to optimize your results. Reach out to the phone number in the heading to book your consultation today!