Breast Implant Revision
Oct 10, 2012 @ 09:03 AM — by Dina Eliopoulos
Breast enlargement surgery is one of the most popular options for cosmetic surgery enhancement in the world. Millions have benefited from getting breast implants, enhancing the size, shape, and contour of the breasts. Yet even though the surgery is very successful in many cases, complications can occur. In such cases, a Chelmsford plastic surgeon can perform a secondary/corrective surgery. Let's look at this issue right now.
About Breast Implant Revision
Breast implant revision refers to corrective surgeries that are performed for medically necessary reasons or aesthetic reasons. It is performed after the primary breast augmentation surgery. Sometimes it is performed a few weeks or months after the initial surgery, while other times it may be performed well after the first surgery.
Is a Secondary Surgery Necessary?
In many cases, revision breast implant surgery is performed for medically necessary reasons. Aesthetic revisions are not medically necessary, but a patient may have a compelling cosmetic reason for the secondary Chelmsford breast surgery to be performed. Let's look at both the medically necessary and aesthetic reasons why a patient would consider a secondary breast surgery.
Breast Implant Revision and Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture refers to a condition in which scar tissue forms around a breast implant. The scar tissue compresses the implant, may cause a change in the shape of the implant, or it may cause breast discomfort.. A revision breast augmentation surgery for these circumstances will involve the removal of the scar tissue and the placement of new implants.
Breast Implant Revision and Ruptures/Leaks
Sometimes injuries to the chest can cause breast implants to leak. Patients will notice this by a loss in volume to the breast or breasts. (The loss in volume is quicker with saline breast implants than silicone breast implants.) It's important that patients who experience a rupture notify a Chelmsford plastic surgeon as soon as possible. A revision breast augmentation surgery for these circumstances will involve the removal of the ruptured implant(s) and the placement of a new implant.
Breast Implant Aesthetic Revision
Sometimes after undergoing breast augmentation, patients will notice that their breasts have changed over time, possibly due to a weight fluctuation, pregnancy, or natural aging of the breast over time. In such cases, surgery may be an option to improve the shape or symmetry. This may involve exchanging or changing the size of the implants, or performing a breast lift to improve the contour. A personal consultation is the best way to learn about these possible options.
Breast Implant Removal
In addition, some people may wish to have their breast implants removed for medically necessary reasons (e.g., breast cancer treatment) or for personal reasons not related to health conditions. The revision in such cases will involve the removal of the implants and sometimes an additional procedure to improve the overall appearance of the breasts.
Learn More About Your Options for Cosmetic Surgery
For more information about breast implants and breast enlargement surgery, be sure to contact our Chelmsford cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decision about your appearance.