For a variety of reasons, some women may want or need to have breast revision surgery after their initial breast augmentation. Whether your implants have shifted, tightened, become painful, or simply no longer fit with the way you want to look, breast implant revision can help.
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Benefits of Breast Implant Revision
There are a number of reasons to perform breast implant revision surgery. However, the end goal is the same for every patient: to feel more positive about the results of an earlier breast augmentation.
Changing implant sizes is a very common reason for pursuing breast implant revision. Implants may be removed and replaced with larger implants. This process is very similar to standard breast augmentation with implants. Or, patients may choose to have implants downsized as part of a breast reduction. Some patients may choose to have their implants removed completely. Minor changes to breast appearance, like asymmetry following an initial augmentation, can be addressed with breast implant revision.
Breast revision surgery can also be used to replace a faulty implant. If there are signs of leakage, or if one breast looks deflated, then revision surgery is the best solution. Sometimes, implant edges may be visible under the skin. Implant ripples may show through on the skin’s surface. Both of these concerns can be corrected through revision surgery as well.
A well-known complication of breast augmentation, known as capsular contracture, can also be fixed through breast revision surgery. Capsular contracture is the growth of hardened scar tissue around the implant. While some scar tissue is normal, too much can cause hardness and discomfort in the breast. During revision surgery, this scar capsule is removed or released.
Understanding the Procedure
The specifics of a breast implant revision depend on the reasons for needing surgery. The surgery may include implant replacement or removal. Existing scar tissue may also be removed as part of breast implant revision surgery. Most women say that breast implant revision overall is very similar to their initial augmentation procedure.
Breast implant revision may include additional procedures for the best result. For example, implant removal may be combined with a breast lift as part of the revision in order to reshape the existing breast tissue. Liposuction can also be used to fine-tune the area where the breasts meet the torso.
The surgical team at The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas specializes in less invasive revision techniques. Every effort is made to use existing scars for access whenever possible for beautiful results.
Recovery and Results
Most of our Texas patients experience some initial discomfort like swelling and bruising right after their breast implant revision surgery. Many women say that they feel more comfortable following revision surgery than they did after their initial augmentation. As swelling continues to go down, your final results become more apparent. Most patients can return to work in a week or two.
Breast implant revision from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps you feel better about an earlier breast augmentation. Although it’s important to maintain realistic expectations, you can expect to see an improvement in the appearance of your breasts. This may be more evenness, less scarring or a more pleasing shape. Although no surgery can promise perfect results, breast implant revision offers a more beautiful, natural look.