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Reader Question: Consequences of Repeated Breast Implant Operations.

Posted Aug 06 2009 12:00am

Reader Question:

What are the side effects of repetitive breast implant surgery? Does it increase the risks of capsular contracture? What is the recommended maximum amount of breast surgery that can be performed before things go wrong?

Plastic surgery is an interface between art and science, so there are few absolute answers. We do know that repeated surgery on a woman’s breasts can decrease sensitivity as more and more breast tissue tends to be replaced by scar tissue. This is a tendency though and not an absolute. There is not a specific number of operations that you can avoid to avoid the problem entirely.

Capsular contracture is one result of the scarring around the implants in many cases. It can be increased by genetic tendencies, silicone gel implants, larger implants, radiation treatment and cigarette smoking.

These are amongst the reasons that breast implant surgery is best performed by experienced well-trained individuals…to try to minimize these risks where possible.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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