Will My Breasts Return to Their Pre-Augmentation Shape After Breast Revision?
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There are many reasons a woman may seek breast revision surgery. In most cases, once breast implants are removed, the natural breasts will have gone through some changes and may not return to their pre-implant shape.
For that reason, if you have breast implants and are considering undergoing a revision, you will have some decisions to make.
It All Starts With Your Breast Revision Consultation
Seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon who is skilled and experienced in breast revision surgery is crucial.
You want to have confidence in your doctor, and being choosy is the best way to secure a surgeon who has your best interest at heart and will be honest with you about the results you can expect from a second surgery.
Why Would You Have Your Breast Implants Removed?
Having your breast implants removed is a personal choice and is often preceded by problems with your current implants. Some of the most common reasons women choose to have their implants removed are as follows:
- Capsular contracture – This is a painful condition that occurs when fibrous tissue hardens and constricts around one or both of your implants.
- Rippling – This is when the edges of the implants (usually saline) cause the skin to rise.
- Distortion – This is when an implant (usually silicone) rotates in the breast pocket or a rupture has occurred.
- Bottoming out – This is when the implant slips below its intended position and appears unnatural.
- Rupture – A saline rupture can be easily detected as the implant will flatten. An MRI is necessary to distinguish rupture from simple distortion with silicone implants.
- Aesthetic preference – Some women choose to undergo a revision to increase or decrease the size of their implants, and some decide they no longer want implants at all.
Whatever your reason, be sure to consult with a board-certified surgeon experienced in breast revision surgery.
What Procedures Might I Need After Removing My Breast Implants?
If you wish to replace your implants for a different size, this is a relatively straightforward process. The old implants are removed, and new ones are placed through the original incision. This is often the same procedure for distortion or rupture. If an implant has ruptured, the breast pocket will be cleaned to ensure all silicone has been removed
In cases of bottoming out, a synthetic mesh scaffold (such as GalaFLEX®) may be placed to support the compromised breast tissue.
If you have experienced capsular contracture, the implant and “capsule” (the hard tissue that formed around the implant) will be removed, and usually, if you desire new implants, they can be placed at the same time.
What if I Don’t Want to Replace My Breast Implants?
If you choose not to replace your old implants, you may require a breast lift to tighten loose breast tissue and skin stretched out with the original implants.
A breast lift will reshape your breast tissue and position the breast according to your preferences discussed during your consultation.
Are You Unhappy With Your Breast Augmentation Results in Buffalo, NY?
If you remain unsatisfied with your breast implants after your recovery period or you experience a complication, schedule a consultation with Dr. Todd Koch.
Dr. Koch is a breast revision specialist in Buffalo, New York, who can help you decide how to address your unique concerns by replacing your current implants or removing them and reshaping your breasts according to your wishes.
Call us today at 716-631-1220 or scroll up to schedule a consultation online.