Any surgical procedure, while offering a solution to your cosmetic requirements, does come with a certain amount of inherent risks and side effects. It is important to be aware of these possible complications so that you can determine how to deal with them. Bear in mind that complications are extremely rare due to the advances in medical science.
Today’s surgical theatres are sterile and great care is taken to ensure that all surgical instruments and equipment is also sterile to prevent infection. In some cases though, particularly if the patient has a lowered immune system, infections can occur. This can contribute to slow wound healing, scarring, inflammation, pain and with a recurring infection, an eventual removal of the implant. Most infections are easily treatable with antibiotics and if caught early should cause few complications.
When the implant is inserted into the pocket created behind or in front of the muscle, a capsule of tissue forms around the implant. On occasion the body can be over zealous and the scar tissue around the implant thickens and hardens, causing capsular contracture. Depending on the severity of the capsular contracture, it is rated on what is known as the Baker’s Classification.
A Class I classification means that the breast appears normal and that the tissue is soft and pliable to the touch and that no corrective surgery is needed.
A Class II classification means that the breast appears as normal, but is slightly firmer to the touch and that the implant can be felt, though not seen.
A Class III classification means that the breast is much harder than normal and that the implant is easily seen and felt. At this level of the Baker’s Classification the breast may be visibly distorted and may cause the patient pain and discomfort and will likely need surgery to correct.
A Class IV classification means that the breast is noticeably hard in appearance and to the touch. It is obviously restricted in movement, will likely be asymmetrical in appearance and shape and will be painful to the touch. Surgery is the only alternative to correcting the affected breast.
An unfortunate complication of breast surgery in Thailand is the scarring of the breast. Incisions will heal with noticeable marks, but for most patients these gradually fade to white lines that are barely noticeable. For some unlucky few, due to genetics, skin type, skin tone or incorrect wound care a thickened ridge forms. This is known as keloid scarring and usually exceeds the boundaries of the original incision. It is usually a deep reddish brown colour and can be unsightly and sometimes painful to the touch.