The side effects of cosmetic breast surgery depend on several factors. The type of implant, the type of surgery done, and whether the implant is placed behind the breast tissue (subglandular) or under the chest wall muscle (submuscular), affect the extent of side effects, including the amount of post-operative pain experienced and the final shape of the breast.
Some common side effects of cosmetic breast surgery include:
- Some pain, bruising and swelling of the breast that usually subsides in a few days or weeks
- Loss of sensation in the nipples or skin, that will return in time
- Scars that fade over about a year, but are usually not visible since the incisions are typically made under the breast
In addition, women may experience sudden swelling, increasing pain, redness, yellow or green drainage, or bleeding at the incision site. Medications may cause rash, nausea and vomiting or headache. Your doctor should be contacted immediately if any of these side effects develop.