Marina Del Rey

Breast Implant Risks and Safety

The decision to have breast implant surgery is an extremely personal one. Although the surgery has substantial benefits and high patient satisfaction, breast implant risks have also been well publicized in the media.  According to Dr. David Stoker, a plastic surgeon who is regularly featured in the media, “Breast implant safety has long been a controversial topic.  It is important for you to answer all of your questions in a consultation with your surgeon.”

Dr. Stoker can meet with you personally to discuss your concerns about breast implant safety so that you can make a fully informed decision regarding breast augmentation. Call Dr. Stoker today at (310) 300-1779 or click here to arrange a consultation.

For manufacturers of the modern breast implant, safety concerns have led to the development of silicone breast implants that have thicker gels. In cohesive gel breast implants, if the shell of the implants ruptures, the gel is unlikely to leak out. Other breast implant safety measures include using thicker shells (in both saline breast implants and silicone breast implants) and avoiding shell coating materials that could cause your body to react unfavorably.

Breast Implant Risks - Risks due to surgery in general
There are risks of adverse events occurring during or after ANY type of surgery. These risks are not specific to breast implants and are not common.  Such risks include:
  • Hematoma (an accumulation of blood that forms in a tissue)
  • Infection (systemic or at incision site)
  • Blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Anesthetic-related adverse events
  • Pain

Breast Implant Risks – Risks related to breast implants

  • Changes in nipple and/or breast sensation
  • Capsular contracture
  • The body responds to any foreign material, including an implant, by forming a “capsule” of scar tissue.  In some patients the capsule may thicken and distort the shape of the breast.
  • Implant leakage or rupture
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Unfavorable scar appearance
  • Possibility of needing revision surgery.

To be proactive and ensure that you understand the breast implant risks and safety (including recovery) Dr. David Stoker will make sure to answer all of your questions regarding your augmentation.

How Does Dr. Stoker Help Improve Breast Implant Safety for You?
Dr. Stoker takes many precautions to reduce breast implant risks at every step of the process – from before your surgery to your post-op recovery.

Pre-Surgery Visit:
When you set up a consultation with Dr. Stoker for breast augmentation, he will discuss a number of important issues with you. These include:

  • Why you want breast augmentation, your expectations and desired outcome.
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments.
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Previous surgeries
  • Family history of breast cancer, as well as results of previous breast examinations

During Your Surgery:
Dr. Stoker can take several steps during your procedure to maximize breast implant safety and reduce the risks of adverse reactions. These may include the following:

  • Using textured or smooth implants
  • Using cohesive gel breast implants
  • Placing the implants under the pectoralis muscle.
  • Keeping handling of implants and pre-implantation contact with the chest wall to a minimum
  • Using a gentle technique to minimize trauma to the surrounding tissues

After Your Surgery and During Recovery
Dr. Stoker will follow up with you closely after your procedure to make sure your recovery is going smoothly and healing is proceeding normally. He will be on the lookout for any signs of inflammation or infection so they can be dealt with immediately. It is up to you, however, to follow all of his post-op instructions. Don’t do any strenuous exercise for at least a few weeks and finish all medications Dr. Stoker prescribes.

Dr. Stoker likes to remind patients that “any medical treatment or surgical procedure has risks as well as benefits. I’m confident that with my substantial experience and careful techniques, I make every effort to minimize the risks of surgery.”

For further information:
Call Dr. David Stoker at (310) 300-1779 or arrange for a consultation online today.