Breast Surgery Risks

Farbod Esmailian | Plastic Surgery


As with any surgical operation, there are some potential complications associated with breast surgery procedures; however, there are no scientific connections between breast implants and systemic disease.  Although complications following breast surgery procedures are generally uncommon, it is important to select a knowledgeable and skillful surgeon, with whom you feel completely comfortable.

Orange County breast surgeon Dr. Farbod Esmailian, M.D., prioritizes your safety and well-being above all else, and will take every possible precaution to ensure your safety and comfort during and after your breast surgery. The professional team members at OC Breast Augmentation are devoted to creating a welcoming, comfortable surgical environment for their patients, and on maintaining effective communication with patients throughout their breast surgery journey.

Potential complications for breast surgery procedures include:

Chronic breast pain
Capsular Contracture:

  • Capsular contracture: refers to the tightening of scar tissue around the breast implant, causing the implant to harden and distort the breast shape. Capsular contracture is the most common complication of breast augmentation/revision/reconstruction surgery, and generally requires a second surgery (capsulectomy, capsulorrhaphy, capsulotomy) to excise the scar tissue and correct the problem.

Permanent loss of nipple and breast sensation (less than 5% of patients experience this)
Rupture or leakage of implant:

  • Saline implant rupture: Rupture of a saline implant will be immediately apparent, as the implant deflates and the breast loses shape and volume. Saline implant rupture is not medically dangerous, because your body will naturally absorb the saline solution without any difficulty; however, surgery will be necessary to remove the implant’s silicone shell, and to insert a new implant (if desired).
  • Silicone implant rupture: You may not be immediately aware if your silicone implant has ruptured, because any free-floating silicone will remain trapped in the fibrous tissue surrounding the implant.  Leaking silicone gel is not believed to result in long-term health issues; however, it may cause changes in the shape and fullness of the breast, and can lead to breast discomfort and pain, so it is still advisable to see your surgeon as soon as you become aware that your implant is leaking.  Your surgeon will remove the ruptured or leaking implant and insert a new one (or remove both implants). 

Problematic scarring
Poor healing of incisions
Hematoma (bleeding)
Implant rippling or wrinkling of the skin over the implant
Anesthesia complications
Deep vein thrombosis
Blood clots

At Dr. Esmailian’s office, we understand the power of preventative measures to avoid possible surgical complications, and we will work closely with you throughout your entire surgical experience in order to make certain that every provision has been made to lay the foundation for a worry-free surgery and recovery, and to stave off potential future complications.


Dr. Esmailian is a skillful and compassionate surgeon, who is committed to helping his patients make truly informed decisions about their surgery, and to ensuring the safety and well-being of his patients. During your initial consultation, Dr. Esmailian will take the time to thoroughly discuss all of your breast surgery options, and will clearly outline the best measures to prevent complications and ensure a successful surgical outcome.

If you would like more information about potential breast surgery risks, or the breast surgery options we offer, please contact our office today. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Esmailian.