Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. There are numerous reasons that a woman may choose to have this procedure done, and the results can be dramatic. However, it is essential to note that these medical devices are not intended to last a lifetime. A woman may choose to alter the size of her implants, or there may be a change in the appearance of her breasts, signaling that it’s time for a revision. Breast implant revision surgery involves the removal or replacement of silicone or saline implants. When it's time to choose new implants, turn to a skilled and highly trained plastic surgeon to achieve the look you desire.
Breast implant revisions may be performed for medical or cosmetic considerations. Whatever the reason, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, is an industry expert, and can assist in planning your desired outcome. Dr. Khorsandi has the necessary experience to perform a variety of breast augmentation procedures, including breast implant revisions. Read below as he gives advice regarding some of the most common issues and reasons women decide to get new implants, and how VIP Plastic Surgery can help.
Breast implants don’t last a lifetime
Nothing lasts forever, and that includes breast implants. The longer a woman has her implants, the more likely she will need to begin thinking about replacing them to avoid the risk of rare but possible issues. And there are other reasons for breast implant revision. Some women may opt to remove their breast implants for reasons that are unrelated to their expiration date, while others may want a size adjustment from the implants they got 10 – 20 years ago.
Signs it’s time for new implants
Women should be aware of these common signs and symptoms that indicate it may be time for new breast implants. Dr. Christopher Khorsandi at VIP Plastic Surgery can address these issues by performing a surgical breast implant revision.
Bottoming out. This condition occurs when one or both breasts experience a significant drop on the chest. The result is breasts that look too low, and nipples that appear too high. Often, this is the result of a placement issue during the original surgical procedure. This can be corrected by using a different implant placement method, or tissue tightening may be employed. Sometimes, tissue grafting is necessary, along with a surgically created pocket that holds the new implant.
Capsular contracture. This is the immune system’s response to foreign materials in the body. It’s also known as scar tissue, which occurs when the soft tissue surrounding the implant becomes thick and hard, and feels uncomfortable. Most augmentations do create some internal scarring, but most of the time, it is not an issue and goes unnoticed. When the hardening tissue alters the implant placement, it can lead to undesirable changes in breast shape. Capsular contracture is fixed by removing tissue and clearing away the scarring.
Implant rupture. Instances of this are infrequent, but breast implant ruptures are possible. When a saline implant ruptures, the implant will deflate, and it is noticeable even under clothing. If a silicone implant ruptures, it is only able to be detected on an MRI. When a rupture occurs, a second surgery will be necessary to correct the issue.
Asymmetry. Asymmetry means that the implants look unbalanced. This could be the result of an incorrectly sized initial implant, a lack of tissue, or another condition that would cause asymmetry. An assessment and diagnosis are necessary to determine the cause of the asymmetry, followed by revision surgery and a new set of breast implants placed to achieve a more uniform look.
Symmastia. This condition occurs when breast implants are placed too close to each other. This is often due to the incorrect width, shape, or size of the implants. The two pockets of tissue that hold the implants merge, resulting in a single pocket of breast tissue without any cleavage. Breast revision surgery can alter this by using implants that best fit within your body's proportions.
Implant rippling. With implant rippling, wrinkles and ripples are visible under the skin. This typically forms near the edges of the implant and is visible to the naked eye. Rippling happens most often on very slender women without a lot of excess fat to pad the tissue. Many times, rippling can be amended by using a silicone breast implant, changing the implant pocket, or with fat grafting.
Breast size. Sometimes breast revision surgery is as simple as changing to different sized implants. During the initial breast implant procedure, the implants may have been too large or too small. Different implants can be swapped with the originals to achieve the desired aesthetic goal.
Are you ready for new breast implants?
If you have been considering breast revision surgery because you are experiencing unwanted symptoms with your implants, Dr. Christopher Khorsandi can help. When the time is right, it is crucial that you enlist help from a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Khorsandi at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV. He will listen to your aesthetic needs and create a plan so you can once again enjoy your appearance. If you are considering breast revision surgery, call today to schedule a consultation at VIP Plastic Surgery.