Calcification after breast augmentation

Calcification after breast augmentation

14th Mar 2017

Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure requested by more and more women each year, for aesthetic or reconstructive reasons. Whatever the reasons might be, the post-operative period is what raises the most questions for people interested in having breast implants.

The success of this intervention depends on the skills and talent of the plastic surgeon, as well as following the post-operative recommendations.

Healing after a breast augmentation procedure is a gradual process that can take up to one year, depending on the patient and the complexity of the intervention. Most of the time, the plastic surgeon will recommend reducing physical exertion and avoiding sun exposure for at least six months after the procedure is performed, as well as wearing a girdle for up to two months or more.

After a breast augmentation procedure, it is easy to resume social activities, as the operation doesn’t require a lot of time spent in the hospital. We can release the patient from the clinic even 12 hours after the surgery, if all is well. During the next couple of days, it is recommended that you slowly move your arms and take short walks around the house. In a week’s time, you can go back to the office.

Even if the intervention went well, there is still a chance of complications during the recovery period. Among the most frequent complications are bleeding, hematomas, and infections. A risk that may occur only much later is capsular contraction, which can generate a great deal of discomfort and even pain.

Most patients will not experience complications during the healing period if the doctor’s recommendations are followed to the letter, but in some cases, complications can’t be prevented. This is why it is very important to let your plastic surgeon know as soon as you notice any changes or pain in the breast area. This is also why breast augmentation patients are regularly invited for visits at the clinic so the doctor can assess their health condition and see how the recovery is going.

Patients are frequently affected by inflammation and pain after breast augmentation surgery, but this is controlled with the help of medication. It is also not uncommon to notice changes in sensation in the areola and nipple, but they will eventually disappear within a few weeks in most cases.

Calcification is another risk after breast augmentation, especially when a thick and well-defined capsule forms around the implant. There are also patients who have noticed spontaneous milk secretion that is in no way associated with giving birth or breastfeeding. Usually, this complication will also disappear in time, but there are cases where medication is needed.

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