Surgical procedures are common in the world of medicine. And for many surgical procedures, things tend to go wrong and they fail. The same goes for breast implants. Breast implant fails sometimes, however, this does not seem to deter the rising demand for this procedure. There are different reasons why these implants are done; it could be for either health or cosmetic purposes. A quick look at the internet should show us images of runway models and celebrities with the perfect body figure – slim and large breasted. To a large extent, this has made such a huge influence on the female population that quite a number of women now opt for breast implants for cosmetic purposes. To enhance their body.
Cosmetic surgeons are most likely at the peak of their career as the percentage of women undergoing these surgeries are on a constant increase. In 2015 alone about 280,000 women and teenagers had their breast enlarged and nearly 160,000 breast cancer patients had reconstructive surgeries. These surgeries are not necessarily safe as breast implant fails at times so it is best that one should be aware of the possible negative effects of breast implants so that the choices made are spot on.
What are Breast Implants?
A breast implant is a prosthesis procedure carried out on a person’s breast in order to change the size, shape, and contour. Breast implants can be done in reconstructive plastic surgery, to correct congenital defects and chest wall deformities. They are also used cosmetically during breast augmentation surgery to enlarge or enhance the appearance of the breast.
You might wonder what really goes on during these procedures. Just as the name implant means to insert or fix an artificial object in someone’s body during this procedure a certain kind of filler material is inserted into your breast. Now there are four general types of filler materials used which means they are four general types of breast implants that can be done. These filler materials are; silicone gel, saline solution, composite and structured filler. The most common and safest is the silicone gel filler.
It should benefit you to know that these breast implants do not have a hundred percent success rate, there have been records of different complications that have risen for these procedures and in worse cases, it has even led to some death. There is no need to panic yet as there are different ways by which you can tell if a breast implant has failed and quickly fix the problem.
How to Tell Breast Implant Fails
There are certain complications that may occur if a breast implant fails. Below is a list of some of the complications and the signs and symptoms that come along with it. It is best to report immediately to your doctor if you notice any of these things after your implant for immediate attention.
If you begin to experience high fever, breast pain, redness or swelling during the first few weeks or day following the surgery then you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible. Your breast might be infected. Sometimes bacteria gather around the breast implant during this period causing what is known as a bacterial infection. Your surgeon may administer antibiotics but if there is no improvement then the infected tissue might need to be cleaned out or completely removed.
This happens when the tissues surrounding your implant begin to harden, this causes the tissues to tighten. The resulting symptom of this complication is chronic breast pain. Once you begin to experience this consult your surgeon. It might require a re-operation or complete implant removal.
Necrosis (skin death)
Sometimes the breast skin does not heal properly after a mastectomy. This is as a result of damage to the network of blood vessels that supply blood to the tissue. It could be that the skin was thinned too much during the mastectomy when the tissue has been removed.
Leakage or breakage commonly known as a ruptured implant
The outer silicone shell that surrounds a breast implant can potentially develop a tear called a rupture. As the implant ages, it becomes more prone to being ruptured but there are still cases of ruptured fresh implants. If you notice after your implants that one or both breasts appear deflated, painful, sore, with lumps and firm then your implant is most likely ruptured and you should report back to your plastic surgeon for immediate attention.
The poor blood flow to the skin causes portions of skin on the breast to scab and wither. This is what is known as necrosis. You can tell that you have this complication if you notice skin discoloration, from dark blue or black and scabs begin to develop. There might also be a high fever or the feeling of sickness.
Dissatisfaction with how the breasts look
You probably had a picture of the perfect breasts in your head but after the surgery what you saw in the mirror is not what you wanted. It could be that the shape, size, or contour of one or both breasts did not meet your expectation. If this happens then you have every right to present a complaint to the surgeon and let him make the necessary amendments. You paid for it after all.
There’s no doubt that breast implants do fail. Well, they are like every other surgery so something could definitely go wrong. However, now that you have learned why breast implant fails it is important that you take note of these signs and symptoms.
Once you take note of the symptoms make sure you seek help. The earlier you go back to see your surgeon the higher the chance that the issue we are resolved fast and easier before the complications worsen.
It is also advisable that you regularly feel your breast or observe it in front of a mirror to see if there is anything different. Some complications do not come with obvious signs and as such might build up until the risks are heightened.
You should also understand that breast implants are not permanent and those who opt for it are advised to undergo a periodical check-up. They are also to be replaced after a specified period of time.
So make sure you are on the lookout for symptoms that are indicative that the breast implants have failed. That way you would be able to immediately seek help when the breast implant fails.