Risks & Complications

  • Capsular Contracture The most common complication of breast implants is capsular contracture. When you get breast implants, your body naturally responds by forming scar tissue around the implants. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue tightens around the breast implant.
  • Autoimmune Symptoms Breast implant companies were required to complete safety studies before they could sell their implants in the United States. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved breast implants, they admitted that women using breast implants for reconstruction had more complications than healthy women with cosmetic breast implants, and that “studies would need to be larger and longer” to find out if implants could cause the kinds of diseases many women were reporting
  • Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare form of cancer of the immune system. Experts now agree that women with breast implants are more likely to develop ALCL. Since it will develop in the breast area, it is called Breast Implant Associated-ALCL (BIA-ALCL).
  • Rupture If an implant tears or develops a hole, it is called a rupture. Some implant ruptures happen during the first few months, but the older an implant is, the more likely it is to rupture. It’s not always obvious when an implant has ruptured. Here’s what you need to know.