Dr. Brian F. Burns has helped countless patients in the greater Victoria area achieve fuller and curvier frames thanks to breast augmentation and enlargement surgery. Using breast implants, a woman's curves can be greatly enhanced.
Of course, there are instances in which complications to the initial breast augmentation procedure yields less-than-stellar results. That's when breast implant revision is performed, and we'd like to look at the basics of the process and then look at common reasons for secondary/corrective procedures.
Is Revision Surgery Common?
Not necessarily. We take a great deal of time to pre-plan before actually performing breast augmentation procedure. This helps us consider potential issues well ahead of time, ensuring long-term patient satisfaction and wellness.
That said, various issues can lead to problems with the breast implants, and the likelihood of issues will depend on the lifestyle you lead and a host of other factors.
Capsular Contracture: Hardening of Scar Tissue
One reason why breast implant revision may be performed is capsular contracture. This refers to the formation of scar tissue around the breast implant and the compression of the implant. This results in changes in breast shape, an unnaturally firm texture to the breast, and serious pain. During revision surgery, the old implant is removed and replaced. Surgeons will typically reconsider the placement of the implant to avoid capsular contracture from happening again.
Rupture or Leakage: Replacing Breast Implants
Whenever someone experiences a severe blow to the chest or torso, there's a chance that a breast implant may have ruptured. This includes auto accidents, major slips or falls, or sport injuries. With saline breast implants, patients will notice that their breasts will change shape, looking less firm and sagging; with silicone breast implants, rupture or leakage is much harder to detect. A revision surgery is performed in order to replace the damaged implants.
Symmastia: Dealing with Unfortunate Uniboob
Symmastia occurs when the two breast implants merge or get closer together after breast augmentation surgery. The condition is sometimes known as uniboob or breadloafing. To address this, surgeons may replace the initial implants and devise ways of reconnecting or strengthening the skin along the breastbone and sternum area so the issue does not occur again in the future.
Correcting Asymmetry: Improving Previous Surgery
Poor cosmetic results after breast augmentation surgery can result in uneven breast sizes or different shapes. In order to correct size or shape asymmetry, a revision surgery can be performed. This may involve a replacement of the implant, or it could involve breast lift surgery. The ideal approach will be determined by the needs of the patient.
Breast Implant Revision for Bottoming Out
The effects of gravity and age can lead to the breast implant drooping below the lower pocket that was created for it during surgery, which is known as bottoming out. (This is more common with large breast implants than small ones.) A revision for bottoming out will involve reposition the breast implant in the breast pocket and using sutures or other techniques to prevent slippage or gradual descent from the pocket.
Contact South Texas Plastic Surgery
To learn more about breast implant revision and how it can help you achieve optimal results after breast augmentation surgery, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Brian F. Burns and his team are here to help you look your best and feel your best.