Cosmetic augmentation of the breasts with implants is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States and around the world. There are many factors for prospective patients to consider including implant type, where the implants are placed (above or below the pectoralis muscle), incision location, whether or not a breast lift needs to be done at the same time, and both the short term and long term complications associated with the procedure and breast implants. One of the most serious complications, albeit rare, is breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). See more information about this condition under our patient resource tab.
Dr. Duffy has many satisfied patients with breast implants but it is important to understand that whenever a surgeon implants something in a patient’s body that is not their own tissue there is a high likelihood the implant will ultimately fail. A breast implant may rupture, leak, or develop capsule contracture that can lead to pain or breast deformity in the future. These risks increase with time so the decision to have breast augmentation requires a thorough and frank discussion of the pros and cons of the procedure which will always be done in our practice. This is particularly true for a younger patient considering breast augmentation.