Sometimes, however, unexpected complications, lifestyle changes, or a change in aesthetic preferences leaves women with breast implants they no longer desire.
We understand how important it is to feel great about the way you look—and how troubling it can be when you don’t feel confident about your breasts. Whatever the reasons, breast implant revision surgery can help correct complications or replace your current implants with new breast implants that better fit your desired look.
There are many reasons women choose to have breast implant revision. People change over time. Whether you’ve experienced life changes which have impacted your breasts (having kids, gaining or losing weight, aging) or you simply have different preferences, we’re here to help.
Most often, our breast implant revision patients simply want to change their implant size or are excited by newer generation of silicone implants which can provide a more natural look and feel and want to change from saline to silicone gel.
While complications associated with breast implants or breast augmentation surgery are increasingly rare, they can happen. Sometimes, issues may arise during surgery, while you are healing, or even years later. Some potential complications which may necessitate breast revision surgery are:
Capsular contracture. A painful condition that occurs when the naturally occurring scar, commonly referred to as a capsule, around the breast implants shrinks and puts extra pressure on the breast implant. This may result in breast pain, extreme firmness, and a distorted appearance. While, the cause of this condition is largely unknown, it can be treated with implant exchange or removal.
Breast implant displacement or “bottoming out”. This occurs when the breast implant falls below the natural breast crease, leading to an unnaturally full appearance in the bottom half of the breast. This can also cause the nipples to appear overly high and the upper breast to look deflated.
Symmastia or “uni-boob” describes a condition where breast implants extend too closely to the center of the chest and touch in the middle. This most often results from implants being placed improperly, extending the breast pocket too far toward the center during surgery, or placing breast implants that are too wide for a patient’s chest wall and frame.
Double bubble occurs when the breast implant drops behind the inframammary fold. This appears as an indentation or fold across the bottom of the breast, creating the appearance of two natural breast folds.
Each patient is different. The specifics of your procedure will depend on the nature of your concerns. Sometimes, we can correct a complication without removing or replacing breast implants. Most often, however, we recommend removing the original breast implants. We can then tailor your care to meet your needs, whether that is replacing your old implants with new implants, doing a breast lift or performing fat grafting to enhance the breast without a breast implant. The length of the procedure and your recovery time will depend on the procedure or procedures we choose to help you achieve your desired results.
The best way to determine the right course of action for you is to meet with our plastic surgeon. During your consultation, we will listen to your concerns, examine your breasts, and provide you with information about the procedures as you explore your options.
To get started, we invite you to contact us to schedule your consultation.
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