What is breast revision surgery?
Breast revision surgery, or "breast augmentation revision" or "breast implant revision", is a custom surgical procedure to resolve a problem that has arisen after breast augmentation. In some cases, the patient is unhappy with the size, shape, or projection of the breasts, while in other cases, there are more serious aesthetic problems, such as one breast lower than the other, excess of scar tissue, ruptured implant, or a range of other potential issues.
What is capsular contracture, and how does it happen?
Every patient heals slightly differently. After breast implants are placed, the body creates a capsule of scar tissue around the pocket – this is normal. When the scar tissue is excessive, becomes hard, and contracts around the implant, this is termed “capsular contracture.”
How do I know if my breasts are developing capsular contracture?
This condition can advance to the point where the breast feels too firm, appears overly round, or ripples show through the skin, or even more extreme, now feels hard and misshapen, frequently including discomfort. This condition requires breast revision surgery.
Do I need to replace my breast implants after ten years?
While it is common to hear that you should replace breast implants after a period of time, if they are functioning and looking great, there is no reason to undergo surgery to replace them. The latest generation of implants are long lasting in most cases. However, there are cases in which an implant ruptures even prior to ten years – in which case it must be replaced.
Do breast implants come with a guarantee?
Many breast implants come with a guarantee. Each brand provides slightly different warranties, but typically a guarantee is for ten years, and includes replacing the implants and some amount of compensation to cover breast revision surgery.
What does breast revision surgery entail?
Every surgery is different, as what needs to be resolved varies from patient to patient. To resolve excessive scarring (capsular contracture) involves removing the scar tissue and replacing the implant. If the breasts have begun to sag, a breast lift would be needed.
What if I no longer want breast implants?
Breast revision surgery to remove implants and reshape your natural breast tissue would resolve this problem. As the breast tissue and skin was stretched with the implant, reshaping your breast tissue would most likely be necessary.
Are silicone breast implants safe?
Silicone breast implants have been under intense scrutiny to determine whether certain claims about safety were true. The FDA demanded scientific proof that these implants were safe and took them off the market for ten years. After much research and multiple studies, it was established that these implants were safe. Many patients choose this type of implant as they best mimic natural breast tissue in softness, weight, and feel.