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Breast Risks Northern Virginia

As with any surgical procedure, breast augmentation has its risks that patients should be familiar with before making a decision whether to have the surgery, and if so, what type of procedure to have. As always, the prospective patient should discuss the risks and benefits of any procedure with a reputable plastic surgeon.

Risks of breast augmentation include both general risks associated with any surgical procedure of similar scope, and risks that are specific to breast augmentation procedures.

Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture refers to the formation of scar tissue around the breast implant. This is a normal part of the healing process, and in the vast majority of cases, presents no problem to the patient. In some cases, however, the body creates too much scar tissue, which can squeeze of the breast implant so that it hardens and becomes painful.

In cases of such excess capsular contracture, the surgeon can perform one or more additional procedures to scrape away the excess scar tissue.

Obstruction of Mammography

Particularly in the case of implants placed subglandularly, breast implants can tend to obstruct mammography results, making it more difficult for radiologists to read. This obstruction is greatly reduced in the case of submuscular implants.

Regardless of the placement of the implant, however, it is important to inform the technician performing your mammogram of any breast implants, so that he or she can adjust the procedure to avoid these problems.


While breast implants are carefully designed and regulated to resist rupture, the possibility still exists that an implant will puncture and leak. While rupture is unlikely during normal activities, if the implants are over- or under-filled, they are at risk for rupturing. The best preventative measure against such rupture is, simply, an experienced plastic surgeon.

Traction Rippling

Traction rippling is an effect that takes place when a breast implant becomes settled and pulls on scar tissue, causing a rippled appearance on the surface of the breast.

Traction rippling can occur in implants either above or below the pectoralis muscle.

If you would like to discuss the risks of breast augmentation, Northern Virginia breast surgeon, Dr. Desman is available for a breast surgery consultation, and he can answer any questions you might have.

Call 703-924-3144 to schedule your consultation or to set up a telephone consultation.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality cosmetic surgery care in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. Dr. Desman is committed to serving you through advanced training, dedication to perfection and unmatched personal care.

We are confident you will not be disappointed!

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