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Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2007 Sep-Oct;31(5):532-9. Epub 2007 Jul 20.

A retrospective analysis of 3,000 primary aesthetic breast augmentations: postoperative complications and associated factors.

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Crown House Hospital, Oldburi, Birmingham, United Kingdom.



A large retrospective analysis was performed on a homogeneous group of patients undergoing primary aesthetic breast augmentations to define complication rates and find associated factors.


Data were collected from the personal databases of two different surgeons working at the Crown House Hospital, Oldbury, Birmingham, United Kingdom. The period considered was January 1996 to December 2001. All patients who received primary breast augmentation with or without associated mastopexy for cosmetic purposes were recorded.


A total of 3,002 women were included in the study. Hematomas were present in 46 patients (1.5%), infections in 33 patients (1.1%), breast asymmetries in 23 patients (0.8%), rippling in 21 patients (0.7%), and capsular contractures in 14 patients (0.5%). The multivariate analysis found that implant placement and the technique used for pocket creation were variables associated with complications (p < 0.05). Capsular contractures carried a progressive cumulative risk and, in our series, appeared 5 years after surgery. No association was found between contractures and hematomas or infections.


The overall incidence of complications in our series was relatively high (4.6%). Surgical placement of prostheses and the technique used for pocket creation were associated with complications. However, few patients required reoperation (1.6%), and the overall satisfaction rate was acceptable (visual analog score, 7).

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