One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures women undergo is breast augmentation. Breast implants can give a woman an aesthetically pleasing appearance and boost her confidence. However, implants do not last forever, and some patients may find themselves experiencing complications or feeling unsatisfied after their surgery. Breast implant revision can achieve multiple goals, such as implant exchange and the correction of capsular contracture.
Dissatisfaction With Their Appearance
While some women feel sexy and curvaceous with their new breasts, others find themselves wishing they had not undergone surgery in the first place due to poor results. A poorly performed breast augmentation can leave many women unsatisfied with the size, shape, or placement of their implants. Six months after their initial procedure, patients may look into breast implant revision surgery to address these concerns. Women who undergo revision surgery will experience:
- Emotional relief
- Physical satisfaction
- Aesthetically pleasing results
- Natural-looking breasts
Another reason many women seek breast implant revision is capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue forms around the implant and begins to tighten. Most cases of capsular contracture develop within five years of undergoing breast augmentation surgery. This condition often causes the breasts to look and feel hard. In severe cases, patients may also feel discomfort or pain. Capsular contracture can only be reversed through breast revision surgery.
Ruptures can occur when there is trauma to the outer shell of the breast implant. This can cause the inner volumizing solution to fill the breast pocket, and mostly occurs several years after your procedure due to aging and wear of the shell. Spontaneous implant ruptures are rare. However, this risk increases in patients who have older implants. In the event of a rupture, you should seek medical attention immediately.
- Saline implants: These implants generally pose little to no health risks, as your body quickly and safely absorbs the solution if an implant ruptures. However, this will result in significant implant deflation.
- Silicone implants: This type of implant is more likely to leak rather than rupture because they are filled with a cohesive gel. The material found in silicone implants will leak out at a slower pace than saline solution, and you are less likely to notice immediate changes to your breasts. Ruptures of silicone implants are best detected with an MRI.
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Benefits and Risks of Breast Implant Revision
Whether you’ve decided to have your breast implants replaced or removed entirely, breast implant revision surgery offers many benefits to help you restore your once perky and youthful breasts. Though there are many approaches to this procedure, the condition of your breasts will determine the best technique for you.
What to Expect During Your Procedure
Breast implant revision is a surgical procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and requires individualized care. This procedure usually takes one to three hours, depending on which technique is used. Your breast implant revision options include, but are not limited to:
- Breast implant exchange
- Breast implant removal
Not only will undergoing breast implant revision surgery relieve a patient’s concerns and discomfort caused by adverse breast augmentation results, but it can also enhance their self-confidence since they will be able to feel like themselves again and enjoy their newly restored breasts.
Combine With Other Procedures
Revision surgery does not have to be limited to only one specific area of your body. Breast implant revision can be combined with other surgical procedures like tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, or breast lift surgery to enhance your overall figure.
As with most advanced surgical procedures, breast implant revision may involve some possible risks. These include:
- Poor wound healing
- Fluid accumulation
During your consultation, Dr. Andreasen will analyze your condition and consider your expectations before determining the best approach to help you reach your aesthetic goals.