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2. Risks of Breast Augmentation

Most women experience numbness or tingling in the breasts following augmentation. Only about 15 percent of women lose nipple sensation, but many report sensitivity changes following the procedure. Hematomas are the result of abnormal collections of blood under the skin. They may occur during any invasive or surgical procedure, including breast augmentation. Between one and six percent of women who undergo breast augmentation develop hematomas, which look similar to a bruise and can be painful. In some cases, treatment requires additional surgery to drain the blood. Hypertrophic scarring, a thick, raised red scar, occurs in two to five percent of women. Infections are also a possible side effect of plastic surgery.

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