When is a Breast Revision Needed?
Breast revision surgery involves removal or replacement of your breast implants. Breast revision is done for a variety of reasons, whether due to complications from the primary breast augmentation procedure or because the patient desires a different size or type of implant. Dr. Florence Mussat is a Chicago plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience in private practice. In this post, Dr. Mussat discusses situations where a breast revision should be considered.
Complications from Primary Breast Procedure
Having your breast implant surgery performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon can reduce the risk of complications, but there are still risks involved in any surgery. Some complications that breast revision surgery can address include:
- Capsular contracture, a hardening of the scar tissue around the implant that makes the breast feel hard
- Symmastia, a condition which makes the breasts appear joined in the middle
- Implant displacement, where the implant slips out of the implant pocket
- Bleeding or infection
- Poor scarring
Breast revision can help correct any of these complications from your primary breast procedure.
Dissatisfaction with Breasts’ Appearance
Some patients are not satisfied with the appearance of their breasts after a breast lift, augmentation, or reduction surgery. Patients may want to change their implant size, have an asymmetry corrected, or remove their implants completely. It’s extremely important that patients are happy with the results of their procedure, and breast revision can allow them to achieve their desired result if the primary procedure was unsatisfactory to them.
Changes in Appearance over Time
Even if a patient was thrilled with the results of their primary breast procedure, the passage of time may cause further changes in the breasts’ appearance. Breast implant manufacturers warn that breast implants are not intended to serve as lifetime devices and may need to be replaced every 10 years or so. If it’s been several years since your successful breast augmentation surgery, you may need to have a breast revision performed to preserve your breasts’ appearance.
Contact us to Discuss Your Options for Breast Revision
If you’d like to speak to an experienced Chicago plastic surgeon about a potential breast revision, contact Dr. Mussat for a personal consultation by calling (312) 751-9000 today.