Breast Augmentation Revision
Though women who have breast augmentation surgery are often happy with the outcome, some patients seek the expertise of our board-certified plastic surgeon when they are dissatisfied with results from an initial surgery they had performed from another practice. Dr. Paul LoVerme can address your concerns and help you achieve results more in keeping with your original goals.
Why Undergo Breast Augmentation Revision?
Patients elect to undergo revision breast augmentation for a variety of reasons, including:
Size Change: Occasionally, patients feel the implants are either too large or too small. In these cases, breast augmentation revision surgery offers patients the opportunity to change their original implant size.
Deflation/Leakage: In some cases, the shell of an implant can rupture. This is particularly true of older implants, as breast implants typically last 10-20 years before they need to be replaced. Since most breast implant manufacturers provide lifetime warranties for their implants, the cost of this procedure may be covered by the implant manufacturer. If you believe that you may have a deflated or leaking implant, it is important that you have a breast exam as soon as possible.
Capsular Contracture: This condition, which often causes a hardened feeling in the breast, is the result of scar tissue forming around the implant. When patients suffer from capsular contracture, their breasts typically look and feel less natural. In order to restore a natural feel and look to the breast, Dr. LoVerme will remove the hardened scar tissue, replace the implant (which may be ruptured), or use a combination of these techniques.
Weight Changes/Pregnancy: Significant weight gain/weight loss and pregnancy can cause the breasts to sag or stretch, and lose their ideal shape. A breast lift (or mastopexy) can be used to correct this condition and restore the breast implant to its original position.
Asymmetry: Breasts can become asymmetrical over time, or they may be asymmetrical immediately after an initial breast augmentation. To correct asymmetrical breasts, Dr. LoVerme may use a combination of techniques, including implant exchange, implant repositioning, or breast lift. The exact approach is determined on a case-by-case basis.
When To Undergo Breast Augmentation Revision
Our plastic surgeon recommends that breast revision surgery be performed at least 6 months after the initial breast augmentation surgery. This time is necessary for the implants to fully settle and for any scar tissue to fully form. It is common for changes to occur during the first year after breast surgery, as the body adapts to the implants and completes the healing process. Performing breast augmentation revision within the first 6 months following the initial surgery increases the chance for unsatisfactory results.
If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation revision and how Dr. LoVerme can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, please contact us to schedule a consultation.