Self-expanding prostheses complicating augmentation mammoplasties

M. Signorini, A. Grisotti, G. Ponzielli, G. Pajardi, P. Gilardino

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A new and serious complication was experienced by patients of three independent surgeons following routine augmentation procedures. In each case reported, double-lumen prostheses had been used. All cases were reoperated with a diagnosis of capsular contracture. However, at surgery it was found that the outer lumen of the prostheses had overfilled with 60-160 cc of interstitial fluid, probably because of an osmotic gradient. The possible causes of this unfortunate complication are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1994


  • Breast augmentation
  • Complications
  • Silicone prostheses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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