Breast Revision: Removing and Replacing Breast Implants
Some women with breast implants may consider a revision surgery if they are not completely satisfied with the appearance or size of their breasts or if they are experiencing complications from their initial surgery.
Why Undergo Revision?
Breast implant revision or removal is not mandatory simply based on the length of time a patient has had implants. Often a woman’s breasts will change with time due to many factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and merely the passage of time with the normal changes in skin quality, breast shape, and relative composition of gland tissue and fat as she ages. Some patients will require surgery due to capsular contracture, implant malposition or rupture, or other issues related to their original surgery.
How Breast Revision Works
Dr. Hutchinson provides plastic surgical evaluations and consultations for patients who already had breast implant surgery performed elsewhere or abroad, and who may be considering revision surgery for a variety of reasons. Surgical revision may include any number of procedures, including changing the size, type (saline or silicone, smooth or textured,) or placement (under the breast or under the muscle) of the implants. In some cases, implants may be removed altogether, or additional surgery may be advisable.
Other Procedures to Enhance Revision
Additional procedures may include surgery on the capsule around the breast implants, with either repositioning or removing part or all of the capsule (capsulectomy). In some patients, fat injections may be performed to correct minor irregularities or contour deformities to provide additional breast volume or to create coverage of visible or palpable implants. Alternatively, a breast lift procedure may be performed concurrently to provide a better cosmetic result. Dr. Hutchinson will discuss all the options for breast augmentation revision available to you and will discuss with you whether or not surgery is needed — and if so, which one is best for you.