breast implants

Breast implants have come a long way over the past decade thanks to advancements in surgical techniques and materials. Today, they are generally safer and more reliable than ever before. However, like any surgical procedure, there is still a risk of complications.

If you’re considering getting implants, it’s essential to understand the potential risks involved. Here, we’ll explore some of the complications to be aware of when deciding if breast augmentation is right for you.


One of the primary concerns with any surgery is the risk of infection, and breast implants are no exception. Infections can occur around the implant site, typically within a few weeks after the surgery. Symptoms of an infection may include redness, swelling, pain, and fever.

While rare, if an infection does occur, it can usually be treated with antibiotics. In severe cases, the implant may need to be temporarily removed to allow the infection to clear up before a new implant is placed.

Following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions can significantly reduce the risk.


Changes in breast sensitivity are another potential complication. Some women may experience increased sensitivity, while others might notice a decrease. This can affect the nipples or the skin of the breast, and is usually temporary, though it can sometimes be permanent.

These sensitivity changes are often due to nerve damage that can occur during the surgery. The good news is that, for most women, normal sensation returns within a few months as the nerves heal.

Discussing your concerns and expectations with your surgeon before the procedure can help manage any potential sensitivity issues.


Bleeding is another possible complication that can occur during or after breast implant surgery. Postoperative bleeding, or hematoma, happens when blood pools around the implant. This can cause swelling, bruising, and pain, and may require additional surgery to drain the excess blood and stop the bleeding.

To minimise the risk of bleeding, your surgeon will likely advise you to avoid certain medications, such as aspirin and other blood thinners, before and after your surgery. Following these guidelines and maintaining open communication with your surgical team can help reduce the likelihood of this complication.


While breast implants are designed to enhance and balance your breast size and shape, asymmetry can still occur. This means that one breast may heal differently than the other, leading to uneven results. Asymmetry can be due to a variety of factors, including differences in healing, implant positioning, or pre-existing anatomical differences.

In many cases, minor asymmetry can be corrected with additional surgery. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that perfect symmetry is not always achievable.

When it comes to minimising the risk of complications with breast implants, choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon is crucial. Mr Nigel Horlock is a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), which speaks to his expertise and commitment to maintaining the highest standards in surgical care.

Mr Horlock uses implants by Johnson & Johnson and Allergan, both of which are renowned for their superior quality and safety. Book a consultation today to learn more and explore the options that best suit your needs and goals.