Breast Augmentation Complications: What to Expect, What to Do

Please contact your surgeon or the on-call physician immediately if you notice:

  • bleeding from your suture lines
  • pus or cloudy discharge from your incision areas, nipples or elsewhere
  • a foul odor from your incision areas, nipples or elsewhere
  • uncontrollable pain
  • blisters or implant extrusion (when the breast implant comes through the skin)
  • bottoming out of the implant
  • implant displacement
  • temperature over 101° F
  • inability to urinate or defecate
  • numbness in the legs
  • uncontrollable dizziness
  • implant deflation

Other more serious, but rare, side effects may warrant a visit to the emergency room. They include:

  • blood in the urine or feces
  • spitting up blood
  • abrupt, severe swelling and discoloration
  • blackening of the skin (not a bruise)
  • uncontrollable vomiting
  • loss of consciousness
  • temperature above 105° F
  • convulsions

Call the surgeon in the event that any of these symptoms develop. He or she may tell you to go to the emergency room. Remember to bring all of your medications with you to the hospital.

Emergency Contact List

Fill out the following important numbers for future reference:

Emergency On-call Physician:

Make sure these numbers are easily accessible at all times during your recovery.

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    Ronald H. Schuster, MD

    10807 Falls Road, #100
    Baltimore, MD 21093
    (800) 572-1096
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    Joshua A. Greenwald, MD, FACS

    Greenwald Plastic Surgery
    166 5th Ave
    Second Floor
    New York City, NY 10010
    (914) 421-0113
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    Arnold S. Breitbart, MD

    Arnold S. Breitbart, MD
    700 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10021
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