American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member Log In For Medical Professionals
 

Breast Augmentation

Augmentation Mammaplasty

Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a "boob job" by patients, involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts.

View this content in Español

Breast augmentation risks and safety

The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal and you will have to weigh the potential benefits in achieving your goals with the risks and potential complications of breast augmentation. Only you can make that decision for yourself.

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

Possible breast augmentation surgery risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding/Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Poor scarring
  • Wrong or faulty position of the implant
  • Implant leakage or rupture
  • The formation of tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant
  • Persistent pain
  • Possibility of revision surgery

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.

Breast implant safety

Breast implants do not impair breast health.

Careful reviews of scientific research by independent groups such as the Institute of Medicine have found no link between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases.

Information on Breast Implant-Associated ALCL

Other important considerations:

  • Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and future surgery may be required to replace one or both implants
  • Pregnancy, weight loss and menopause may influence the appearance of augmented breasts over the course of your lifetime
  • Breast augmentation requires regular examinations of your breasts' health and to evaluate the condition of your breast implants


Logo

Surgeons In Your Area

David Berman Headshot

David Berman MD

14 Pidgeon Hill Drive Berman Cosmetic Surgery & S...
Sterling, VA 20165
Robert Sigal Headshot

Robert Sigal MD

1825 Samuel Morse Dr.
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 893-6168

Gloria Duda Headshot

Gloria Duda MD

6845 Elm Street Suite 708
McLean, VA 22101

(703) 893-1111

James French Headshot

James French MD

5550 Friendship Blvd Suite 130 Center for Plastic...
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

(301) 652-7700

Wendy Gottlieb Headshot

Wendy Gottlieb MD

1800 Town Center Drive Suite 418
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 668-9499

Fadi Nukta Headshot

Fadi Nukta MD

21785 Filigree Court Suite 206
Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 574-2588

Byron Poindexter Headshot

Byron Poindexter MD

1825 Samuel Morse Drive
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 893-6168

Christopher Knotts Headshot

Christopher Knotts MD

1825 Samuel Morse Drive Austin-Weston, The Center...
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 8936168

Logo

Patient Care Center