Breast Augmentation Revision
One of the most popular cosmetic procedures around the world, breast augmentation remains a complex surgery that requires a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon to perform well. If you had breast surgery at another practice and are dissatisfied with the results, our experienced plastic surgeon may be able to correct the issues and to achieve your desired result. Of course, there are other reasons to consider breast revision surgery. Also known as implant exchange, this operation provides an opportunity to upgrade the size, shape, and type of breast implants you have. Many women opt to switch from silicone to saline or vice-versa, or they may wish to go a size larger or smaller, depending on their lifestyle and preferences. Regardless of your cosmetic goals, we can customize a treatment plan that emphasizes a beautiful, natural-looking outcome.
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Reasons for Breast Revision Surgery
In addition to dissatisfaction with the results of a previous surgery and desire to replace or upgrade your breast implants, there are other justifications for breast revision surgery. Capsular contracture is a condition in which scar tissue surrounding an implant hardens, causing the breast to feel solid. Additionally, this concern can cause pain and give the breasts an unnatural or misshapen appearance. If this occurs, the breast implant should be removed, the scar tissue addressed, and a new implant placed. Although rare, implant rupture can also occur. Whether your implant is saline or silicone, if this happens, the implant needs to be removed (and replaced, as desired). Most implant types now come with warranties. If you’ve experienced a problem with one or both of your breast implants and believe them to be covered by a warranty, our skilled medical team can help you navigate this process with the implant manufacturers.
As well as the rare complication that can occur, personal lifestyle changes can also be a reason for wanting breast revision surgery. Women may wish to remove their breast implants entirely, often because they feel implants no longer represent who they are.
Your reasons for considering breast revision are valid and unique. When you arrive for your initial consultation, our experienced plastic surgeon will discuss your concerns and evaluate your anatomic needs. Together, you will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your singular wishes.
The Breast Revision Procedure
Just as there are a multitude of reasons why someone may choose to undergo breast revision surgery, so, too, are there many approaches to addressing these concerns. Breast implant replacement is a very similar operation to breast augmentation and the recovery will often be comparable. In the event of capsular contracture, a technique known as capsulectomy or capsulotomy may be used to remove the scar tissue and prepare the breast for a new implant. Other techniques may also be utilized, depending on your unique needs. If implant removal is desired, a breast lift may be worth considering to address excess skin or “drooping” that can result. Fat grafting can also be used to enhance the volume of the breasts after implant removal for certain patients.
Our skilled plastic surgeon will discuss all the options available to you and help guide your decision. Ultimately, the final choice will always be yours.
Would you like to know more? Contact us today to learn more about breast revision surgery, or to schedule a consultation.