Revision Breast Surgery
Common procedures during revision breast surgery include;
- Implant replacement / exchange.
- Change implant or breast size.
- Re-lift of breasts that have stretched.
- Revision of nipple or areola size.
Many women require revisionary breast procedures and as such this is a large part of my practice. Breast implants are not lifetime devices, yet the United States Food and Drug Administration does not specifically require replacement. Existing studies, however, indicate that 20-40% of breast augmentation patients and 40-70% of breast reconstruction patients undergo reoperation during the first 8-10 years after the placement of their implants. Many of these procedures are performed for non-implant related indications (i.e. needing a breast lift) but nevertheless create an opportunity for implant replacement.
Simple replacement is often combined with techniques designed to reposition the implant in a more ideal position. Implant malposition is common, especially after time has allowed the skin and surrounding tissue to stretch under the influence of gravity. This often results in implants that are too low, displaced into the armpits or on the side of the chest resulting in a loss of cleavage.
Capsular contracture can be an unfortunate byproduct of the body’s response to the implant. This causes a firm and tight breast(s) that can become quite uncomfortable and even painful. Correction requires removing the scar tissue from around the implant along with replacement of the implant if the patient desires.
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Patient Breast Revision