Is Breast Augmentation Safe? 

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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Many people wonder, “Are breast implants safe?” In this blog, we will explore the safety of breast augmentation, its risks, and what you need to know before deciding on this surgical procedure.

What to Know About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation involves placing implants to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. This procedure can be done for cosmetic reasons or as part of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Understanding the safety and risks involved is crucial.

Types of Breast Implants

There are two main types of breast implants:
  • Silicone Breast Implants: These are filled with silicone gel and are known for their natural feel.
  • Saline Breast Implants: These are filled with sterile salt water and are adjustable in size during surgery.
Both types have been approved by the FDA and are considered safe for use in breast implant surgery.

How Safe Is Breast Augmentation?

Safety of Breast Implants

The safety of breast implants has been extensively studied. The FDA has approved both silicone and saline implants for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks.

Breast Augmentation Risks

Some potential risks of breast augmentation include:
  • Capsular Contracture: This occurs when scar tissue forms tightly around the implant, causing the breast to feel firm or hard.
  • Implant Rupture: Both silicone and saline implants can rupture, though this is rare.
  • Infection: As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection.
  • Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL): This is a rare type of lymphoma associated with certain types of textured implants.
  • Joint Pain: Some patients report experiencing joint pain after surgery, though this is not common.

Long-Term Safety

The long-term safety of breast implants is generally good, but implants are not considered lifetime devices. You may need additional surgeries in the future for maintenance, such as breast implant removal or replacement. A woman holding her breast

Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Safe?

Surgical Procedure

Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes one to two hours. Your surgeon will make an incision, create a pocket in the breast tissue, and insert the implant. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

Choosing a Qualified Surgeon

Selecting the right surgeon is critical to the success and safety of your breast augmentation. Dr. Michael J. Brown, a board-certified plastic surgeon by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, has over 25 years of experience providing top-quality aesthetic services in Ashburn, VA, and the Washington, D.C. area. At The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brown and his team take pride in offering personalized care tailored to meet each patient’s goals. Known for his innovative techniques and optimal results, Dr. Brown has received numerous surgical awards and is a member of several prestigious medical organizations. His commitment to excellence ensures you are in safe hands.

Breast Implant Safety

Monitoring and Maintenance

After breast implant surgery, regular monitoring is essential. Follow your surgeon’s recommendations for follow-up visits and imaging studies, such as MRI or ultrasound, to check the condition of your implants.

Breast Implant Removal

In some cases, you may decide to have your implants removed. This can be due to personal preference, complications, or changes in breast tissue over time. Breast implant removal is a safe procedure when performed by a qualified surgeon.

Breast Lift and Augmentation

Combining a breast lift with augmentation can enhance both the size and shape of your breasts. This procedure addresses sagging and provides a more youthful appearance. Discuss your goals with your surgeon to determine the best approach for your needs.

Breast Reconstruction

Breast augmentation is not only for cosmetic purposes. Many women undergo breast reconstruction with implants after a mastectomy. This reconstructive surgery can help restore the appearance of the breasts and improve quality of life.


So, is breast augmentation safe? The answer is yes, when performed by a qualified surgeon with proper care and follow-up. While there are risks associated with any surgical procedure, the safety of breast implants has been well-documented. Understanding the potential risks and benefits, choosing a reputable surgeon, and following post-surgery guidelines can help ensure a positive outcome. If you are considering breast augmentation, it’s essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and address any concerns. At The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery, we are committed to providing safe and effective cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how breast augmentation can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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Dr. Michael J. Brown is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers innovative aesthetic procedures for the face, breast, and body.


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Ashburn, VA 20147

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