Breast augmentation surgery is very popular with women in the United States and around the world. Millions of women each year have implants surgically placed within their breasts and love their results. However, sometimes, a breast implant revision surgery is needed after the initial surgery to correct medical or cosmetic issues with the implant. At Inspire Aesthetics, we will perform your breast revision surgery even if we did not perform the original surgery.
Signs Indicating You Need Breast Revision:
- Deformities, rippling, dimpling, or ruptures in one or both implants
- Implants have shifted from their original position since being surgically placed
- Dissatisfaction with the size of your breasts (too large or not enhanced enough)
- Excessive scar tissue that feels hard under your skin
- You can feel the edges of the implant under your skin
The best candidates for breast revision surgery are individuals who have previously undergone breast augmentation or reconstruction and are experiencing complications or dissatisfaction with their results. Ideal candidates are generally in good overall health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations. Our plastic surgeons will provide a thorough consultation in our office, review your medical history, perform an examination, and possibly order an MRI imaging of the breast to determine if an implant has ruptured.
Possible Reasons for Breast Revision
Implant ruptures are rare and require revision surgery. A ruptured saline implant may appear to be deflated and flattened, but the saline is safely absorbed by the body. When a silicone implant ruptures, the gel doesn’t move. There is an obvious difference in firmness and the shape of the breast. In most cases, the silicone is still contained within the implant and does not harm the body. However, a breast revision is necessary to remove the ruptured implant.
This deformity creates an unnatural indentation in the breast, and it looks like the implant has fallen out of position. Visually, the breasts will appear doubled underneath the crease. This occurs if the implants were not properly positioned during surgery. It can also happen if there is too much scar tissue around the implant. Breast revision is the only way to amend this situation. The surgeon may also use a surgical mesh to reinforce the implant and keep it from moving.
Scarring can cause a hardening of the breast, which occurs more often in saline implants. There is always a risk of scar tissue forming around the breast implant once it has settled into the chest, which shifts the implant out of place and hardens the breast. Signs include firmness, pain, distortion, and elevated breasts, often resulting from the tightening of scar tissue. In this case, a surgeon would have to remove the scar tissue with a procedure called a capsulectomy.
Breast rippling is a visible wrinkling beneath or on the side of the breast. This can often be seen under clothes. Rippling can happen with any augmentation patient and is most common with women who are thin and have very little muscle under the breast. Saline implants cause more than silicone implants. While this complication is not a health risk, it does lead to unattractive, wrinkly breasts. In this case, a breast revision is the only solution.
Schedule Your Consultation
At Inspire Aesthetics, we want everyone to be happy with their breast augmentations, so we offer breast revision surgery, even if it is to correct another surgeon’s work, to help you reach your cosmetic goals. Our board-certified plastic surgeons discuss your goals, review the results of the original surgery, and curate personalized plans to ensure remarkable results. Please schedule a consultation at Inspire Aesthetics to learn more about your revision possibilities. We have offices in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach, FL.