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Twelve Years and over 2400 Implants Later: Augmentation Mammoplasty Risk Factors Based on a Single Plastic Surgeon's Experience.

BACKGROUND: Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic surgery procedures. Yet, few reports in the literature analyze individual surgeon experiences with a unified surgical method on a large group of patients. This study aimed to analyze a single surgeon's complications rate and experience with the Akademikliniken augmentation mammaplasty method from the beginning of his career.

METHODS: A retrospective outcome analysis of all patients (n = 1646) who underwent breast augmentation between 2009 and 2021 performed by a single surgeon was conducted. Complications and reoperation rates were evaluated. In addition, correlations with the patient and implant characteristics and insertion-method-related risk factors were analyzed.

RESULTS: In total, 1212 female patients (mean age, 31.47 years) were analyzed. The minimal follow-up for every patient was 6 months (mean follow-up, 18.35 months). The total complication rate was 7.1%, and the most common complication (2.64%) was capsular contracture (Baker scale III/IV). Implant insertion with a funnel significantly lowered the overall risk of complications ( P = 0.009). Statistical analysis indicates that the single independent risk factors for primary breast augmentation are patient age younger than 27 years, initial breast size B and C, and tobacco smoking.

CONCLUSIONS: This study indicated that capsular contracture and implant rotation are the most common complications of analyzed primary augmentation mammoplasty. It also identifies various risk and protection factors, such as funnel usage, which should be considered by the surgeon when performing this type of procedure.

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