Can Your Body Reject Breast Implants?

Many of my breast augmentation patients in the San Diego area have asked me about the possibility of their body “rejecting” their new breast implants. Although complications are possible, it is not accurate to say that your body is “rejecting” the implant. Authentic rejection refers to an immune reaction in which the body recognizes a foreign substance in the body that should not be there, and uses special cells to attack and destroy it. Because breast implants are inert, meaning your body does not recognize them as a “foreign material,” there is absolutely no threat to the immune system and thus, no chance for rejection.

When individuals who have had difficulties with their breast implants speak of implant rejection, they are probably referring to a complication such as infection. By following your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions, you can increase your likelihood for a successful result.

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