Should I get a breast revision?
While breast augmentation typically brings an increased sense of self-confidence and an enhanced set of wardrobe options, there are cases where the procedure’s results do not meet the patient’s expectations. All bodies are different, and some may not experience an ideal response to the placement of foreign materials in the breast capsules. Issues ranging from excess scar tissue to implant rupture can leave clients seeking a strategic solution.
Breast revision surgery can address problems that arise after breast augmentation so that patients can continue to enjoy their implants for years to come. Below, we will explore some of the most common reasons why women seek out breast revision and whether the procedure is right for you.
Why choose a breast revision?
● Excess scar tissue – Scar tissue naturally forms around your implants, which can be beneficial in terms of securing the devices in place. However, scar tissue also presents certain challenges. Too much of it can impact your comfort, appearance, and overall health. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue has hardened around the implant, compromising your augmentation result. When this complication occurs, it can be well-remedied through breast revision surgery.
● Implant rupture or leakage – While it is rare to experience a rupture in your implants, it does happen occasionally. The scar tissue can constrict the implants, causing a tear. With saline implants, it will be immediately apparent, as the chest will appear deflated and possibly asymmetrical. With silicone implants, an MRI or ultrasound may be required to accurately diagnose a rupture. In either case, breast revision can respond to the problem and replace your implants to restore a rounded, feminine-looking bust.
● Breast ptosis – Whether a woman has implants or not, breast sagging is an inevitable part of the aging process. As the body loses its supply of collagen and gives way to gravity, the chest responds by drooping. In this case, your plastic surgeon can perform breast revision along with mastopexy (breast lift) to revitalize your upper body appearance and restore the implants to a more youthful and attractive position on the chest wall.
● A change of heart – As time passes, a woman may change her mind about her cup size and wish to go smaller or bigger, necessitating a breast revision procedure. She may also want to switch from saline to silicone or vice versa. This is perfectly normal and acceptable. The plastic surgeon is often able to reuse the incisions from the initial augmentation procedure, negating the need to create new scars. Breast revision also often comes with less downtime than the initial surgery, as the breast capsule has already been formed, and it is now a matter of merely exchanging implants.
What is the takeaway?
If you are struggling with complications or dissatisfaction after breast augmentation, your first thought may be that you’ll need to remove your implants. While for some women, this is the best solution, in many cases, a breast revision procedure can address your issues so that you can continue to enjoy an implant-enhanced and ultra-feminine silhouette. Breast revision is highly personalized and can restore your peace of mind and quality of life, but it should only be performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon who has the skill, precision, and artistry to accomplish your aesthetic goals. Call Dr. Lee today to discuss how a breast revision can help you to look and feel your best once more!