Breast Implants

Overview of Procedure | Common Complications | Report an Incident

 

Overview

What is breast implant surgery?

Breast implant surgery or breast augmentation surgery is a kind of plastic surgery that involves implanting a prosthetic device in a woman’s breasts. This is usually done for cosmetic reasons, but is also commonly performed as a reconstruction after mastectomy.

There are two main types of breast implants. Silicone implants are made from a silicone shell filled with a thick viscous silicone gel fluid. Saline implants are also made from a silicone shell, but it is filled with a sterile saline (salt water) solution.

What countries are the most popular destinations for this procedure?

Mexico, Costa Rica, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Turkey, Poland, and may more.

What is the range of prices?

In The U.S., the procedure usually costs over $6,000. The prices in the U.K. and Australia are typically in the same range.

By comparison, the average price in Turkey and South Africa is around $4,500.

Most of the other countries listed above will usually charge between $3,000 and $4,000 for the operation.

 


Complications

What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?

Even under the best conditions in the top domestic hospitals, breast augmentation surgery may lead to serious complications. These include scarring, rupture, hardening, nerve damage, infections, and more.

This is especially true when combined with the stress of international travel after surgery. Complications are also more likely if the procedure is performed in a facility that lacks international accreditation or fails to meet accepted standards of hygiene, modernity, or professionalism.

In such cases, complications have been known to include severe infection with multiple drug resistant bacteria, ruptured sutures, permanent deformity, and even death.

Horror story

An Australian woman named Casey received breast implants in Thailand in 2015. Aside from having the wrong implants inserted, she also suffered from broken sutures, severe infection, asymmetrical appearance, and permanent scarring.