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Breast Implant Regrets

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Do women who take the plunge and get breast implants have regrets? Yes, some do.

The majority of patients who choose beast augmentation surgery report feeling satisfied, pleased, thrilled or even overjoyed with their results. But, there are those whose experience isn’t as wonderful.

What causes some women to wish they had not opted for breast enhancement surgery? And what can they do about it?


A small percentage of patients suffer complications from the procedure itself, such as nausea from the anesthesia, excessive bleeding, infection, etc. Some people’s post-op pain is greater and/or longer lasting than anticipated. Fortunately, most of these situations resolve themselves or can be taken care of quickly by the plastic surgeon. Many women who experience an immediate setback go on to love their new figures.


The leading complication specific to breast implant surgery is the hardening of the scar tissue around the implant called “capsular contracture.” There’s a range of degrees of contracture, called the Baker scale, with four categories. Baker I is no contracture, characterized by soft, natural-feeling breasts. Baker IV means the scar tissue has shrunk so much that the breasts are misshapen, hard and even painful.

There are a variety of ways to deal with capsular contracture, depending on the severity and patient preferences. Scar tissue can be surgically released, removed or a combination of both approaches can be used. In extreme cases, implants are sometimes removed and replaced at a later time or removed altogether.

There are other possible breast augmentation complications, like synmastia (also called “breadloafing” and “unibreast”) and “bottoming out,” sometimes called “double bubble.” A prospective patient may want to be aware of these potential complications, but they are relatively rare.


It’s very possible that more breast augmentation revision surgery is performed to modify size, than for any other reason.

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