Northern Virginia Breast Augmentation Complications – Bleeding

breast augmentation complications fairfax virginiaBreast augmentation complications do exist and can be scary. The complications of bleeding and infection are some of the most concerning risks that exist in any surgery. Cosmetic breast enhancement surgery is no different in terms of these risks.

The breast augmentation complications –  bleeding, may occur during the plastic surgery or happen after the breast implants surgery is completed. If it occurs after the surgery, it will usually be within the first few hours of the surgery. Any significant bleeding during a breast implants surgery is almost always controllable. A more common problem is bleeding that happens after the breast augmentation surgery is over. This form of breast augmentation complications may result in one of the breast mounds becoming bruised and markedly larger than the other. When this breast augmentation complications occurs, the women will usually need to go back to surgery. There is usually more pain associated with the involved side.

In some cases of breast augmentation complications – bleeding, the degree of bruising can be indicative of a need to go back to surgery. If the breast implant was placed under the muscle, the bruising will appear along the rib cage and on the underside of the breast. Usually a significant complication that occurs soon after surgery will make the breast very large and turn color over a majority of the breast. In order to prevent or be able to diagnose a serious bleeding breast augmentation complications, some plastic surgeons will place a drain in the wound that exists the body through the skin. If this drain starts draining thick blood, then there is usually a problem. Fortunately this type of complication which would require an immediate operation, is rare.

A bruise that develops a few days after a Northern Virginia breast enhancement surgery is usually not the same problem of breast augmentation complications. This delayed bruise is usually from a smaller blood vessel that is close to the skin or in the fat of the breast or chest wall. This type of bleeding problem will usually not cause any harm and does not imply a more serious complication. It is still concerning to the women though. These smaller bruises that occur after breast augmentation surgery, will usually resolve in a few days, and can be seen around the incision site of slightly off to the side of where the incision was made. Again, this type of bruise is from a smaller blood vessels that was cut during the incision, or while tunneling to create the pocket for the breast implant to be placed. These small vessels may actually spasm down and stop bleeding during the surgery but when the spasm ends, the blood vessel will open and start bleeding. This can occur with arteries or veins.

Northern Virginia Breast implants pictures of breast bruising

Approximately 99.9% of Dr. Brown’s breast augmentation patients will not have a bruise after their breast implants surgery. These breast implants pictures are an example of breast bruising along the lower outer surgical area. This bruising occurred 3 days after her breast implants surgery. She was reassured her that this degree of bruising 3 days out while extremely unusual was not a long term concern. She has been seen in follow up and she has gone on to heal without further issues and large breast pockets that allow the implants to move without restriction.

Northern Virginia Breast Augmentation Complications – Infection

The breast augmentation complications of infection is also scary. This dreaded augmentation complication will almost always require the breast implant to be removed. There are two types of breast implant infections. The first will usually occur during the first week after the breast enhancement surgery. With this type of breast implant infection, the woman is usually sick feeling. She has a fever and the breast and its skin are tender and red. The redness may look like a sunburn. In this serious situation, the breast implant must be taken out and left out for a few months prior to replacing the breast implant. The second type of breast implant infection is a more smoldering type of infection which has a totally different course. This woman may not have any real complaints initially but over time, the breast may become red, and the skin may become thin. In this type of low-grade infection, the real symptom occurs when the implant breaks through the skin. Also in this situation, the breast implant should be removed for a few months prior to replacing it. This second type of infection will usually result in some loss of breast tissue and a scar from where the implant came through the skin. Fortunately again, breast implant infections are very rare. Antibiotics will be given for a few weeks depending on what type of bacteria is identified to have caused the infection. In some cases though because antibiotics may have been started prior to the surgery, no bacterial type can be identified. In these cases a different antibiotic may be used for a longer period of time.

Northern Virginia Breast implants pictures of breast implant infection

Fortunately this is a very rare problem in Northern Virginia breast augmentation. This surgery was done in a rural town by a non-certified ‘General’ surgeon. He had no plastic surgery training and was not certified. The infection occurred over 1 year after her breast augmentation surgery and she came to the office with the breast implant sticking out of her skin. She has significant loss of her breast tissue on that side. She required removal and wound healing and then reinsertion of breast implants.

This woman had her initial breast augmentation done in South America. She had noticed a change in her left breast and hole in the skin. In the time it took her to decide to have her breast implants removed and schedule her surgery, the hole became larger. At this point, she has had both breast implants removed and may return for reinsertion at her convenience.