• False expectations: There is always a limit to what can be done and it is not a good idea to compare your breasts with someone else’s breasts.
  • Every patient is unique and your body can only accept reasonable size implants.
  • The goal of an implant is to augment the size of a breast, not to lift it.
  • If a breast is sagging, a breast uplift might also be required.
  • Scarring. The incision into which the implant is inserted will leave a scar.


Apart from the usual side effects including pain (three to seven days), swelling, numbness (three weeks), there are some potential risks which are uncommon:

  • Bleeding: If you are bleeding and it won’t stop on its own you will have to go back to surgery to have it stopped. This is why it is so important to stop smoking before the surgery.
  • Bruising.
  • Infection (this is why you have the antibiotics and why it is important to take a good shower the night before and the day of the operation.
  • Asymmetry (no breasts are totally symmetrical and it is generally more obvious after the surgery).
  • Capsular contracture is a rare condition when the breast gets hard (due to the building of inside scar tissue). The best prevention is daily breast massage after three weeks.
  • Life expectancy of implants: about 15 years.
  • Ripples.
  • Limits of size.
  • The absence of cleavage.
  • Rupture of the implant (highly unusual, unless you are involved in a car crash or something similarly traumatic). This will obviously require a change of implant(s).
  • Seroma (collection of lymphatic fluid).
  • Displacement of the implant (generally upward). This can happen directly after surgery. The best prevention is wearing a strap across the chest with the surgical bra).



These risks of complications are rare but remember that surgery is not an exact science and there will always be risks involved that are even outside the control of the surgeon.

  • It is important to attend to all the postoperative consultations given by your surgeon.
  • During the consultation, your surgeon will explain these risks, and other risks that may pertain specifically to your circumstances.
  • If you have more questions, do not hesitate to ask your surgeon, who will be pleased to answer your questions by telephone, email or during a second consultation.