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UK Breast Augmentation Gone Wrong; Steps to Choose Your Plastic Surgeon

Ava Lawson | March 25, 2013 | Posted in Breast Augmentation

In a recent New York Daily News article that highlights the potential risks of cosmetic surgery, a 25 year-old UK woman experienced capsular contracture after her breast enhancement procedure. While this side effect – where scar tissue forms and tightens around the implant – is not that uncommon in breast implant surgery, the revision operation to address the problem did nothing to help. Her complications worsened, and the unthinkable happened: her implant began to fall out of her breast through the compromised sutures. Yardley said, “When I booked the operation they told me it was common for the body to reject implants — but I had no idea this could happen.”

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Breast implant surgery gone awry

The young woman opted for breast augmentation because she felt “always flat chested — I looked like a boy. I wanted to look more like a girl.” She went from a modest A cup to an extremely curvy double D and was thrilled with the results. Her sister also had breast augmentation at the same clinic, but experienced no complications. Yardley explained to The Sun, “The doctors at the hospital said they had never seen anything like it — they couldn’t believe I was not in septic shock.” Doctors had to wait six months before operating again, leaving Yardley with one small breast and one large breast during the interim. But when asked about her seemingly horrific experience, she said, “People always ask me if I would have implants again after all I have been through, but I always say yes… I don’t regret it at all.” 

Plastic surgery is a highly competitive field, and every year thousands of patients suffer unexpected complications because they were ill-informed as to the risks of cosmetic procedures. If you are contemplating breast implant surgery, it’s crucial to find a surgeon who is board certified, has many years experience performing the procedure, and one who carefully explains all the risks involved. The following guidelines may help you when making this very important decision. 

Questions to ask when choosing your Manhattan plastic surgeon: 

  • Is the plastic surgeon an American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) member?
  • Is the plastic surgeon board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Does the plastic surgeon have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, where?
  • Is the surgical facility accredited?
  • How many breast implant surgeries has the plastic surgeon performed?
  • Has the surgeon practiced for many years or performed many of these procedures? 

During a breast implant surgery consultation, your plastic surgeon should:

  • Answer all of your questions thoroughly
  • Offer alternatives, where appropriate, without pressuring you to consider unnecessary or additional procedures
  • Answer questions about the procedure and his or her professional qualifications, experience, costs, and payment policies
  • Discuss the possible risks and complications
  • Leave the final decision up to you 

Breast augmentation in New York

Dr. Thomas Loeb is recognized throughout the nation for his cutting-edge plastic surgery techniques and his expertise in breast implant surgery, offering patients the best standard of care. When you’re considering breast augmentation in New York, it’s vital to find a board certified Manhattan plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with and can trust. Dr. Loeb and his compassionate team offer a supportive environment throughout the surgical process, from your first consultation to your last post-op visit. If you’re interested in learning more about breast  surgery in Manhattan, please call the Fifth Avenue office of Dr. Loeb to schedule your private consultation at 212.327.3700.

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