A patient may require breast implant revision at some stage after the initial breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedure. In a majority of cases, breast revision entails replacing old or damaged implants with new ones. However, in some cases, implant removal may be necessary.
Such revision procedures may sometimes be combined with a breast lift surgery to restore the breasts to their original shape. Khan Plastic Surgery, led by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan, provides breast implant revision surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas and surrounding locations.
Need for Breast Revision
Patients may consider breast revision surgery after the main breast augmentation procedure for various reasons including:
Need to Change Size
A woman may want to change the size of her breasts to make them smaller or bigger. She may want an enhancement in the proportion and shape of the current breasts. The desire to change the size of the breasts is one of the common reasons behind breast implant revision procedures in the US.
Problems in the Implant
Capsular contracture may happen around the implants. This can lead to the implants becoming very tight, getting damaged, or losing their original shape. Implants may need replacement if they rupture at some stage. At times, the implants might become rippled, and this shows up on the breast surface.
Implant Pocket Issues
An issue with the implant pocket can cause the implants to appear far apart from each other, or they might move toward the armpit when the patient lies down. This may warrant revision cosmetic surgery to correct the implant pocket or replace the old implants with new, more proportionate ones.
Establishing the New Implant Size
Patients considering larger sized implants can preview the size and shape of these new implants in a t-shirt or sports bra. Placing a sizer filled with air over the current breast can help achieve this look to enable the patient to better understand the outcome of the surgery.
Women considering smaller implants will also have various alternatives available. If the patient presently has saline implants, the aesthetic surgeon may initially perform a pre-op deflation of such implants. This will enable the patient to “try on” the new implant as well as choose the most suitable size before the breast revision surgery.
Correcting Implant Hardness
Some patients may want to retain the implants after the implant’s hardness is corrected. The surgeon may address this situation by removing the scar tissue layer (which is known as capsulectomy). This procedure involves removing the abnormal scar tissue or breast capsule while not disrupting the healthy breast tissue.
After the hardened scar tissue is removed, the implant will not contract into a rigid and unnatural shape. The breast will become soft and more comfortable again.
Removing implants may involve a slightly extended downtime as the surgeon might need to combine it with a breast lift procedure. A majority of women can return to their routine activities in a week or two after the revision procedure. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas and nearby areas in this tremendous part of the nation.