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Breast Revision

Breast implants are designed for long-term enhancement of the breasts; however, certain circumstances dictate that they must be replaced during what is commonly known as breast revision surgery.

Dr. Linder has perfomed over 1,000 breast revision surgeries...

Whether breast augmentation has resulted in damaged implants or an unsatisfactory breast appearance, Dr. Stuart A. Linder can improve and revitalize the look of your breasts with breast revision. While implants may last for a decade or longer without causing any problems, many women decide to change their breasts for a variety of reasons.

Reasons to Consider Breast Revision

Natural Changes

Over time, a woman’s breasts tend to change in laxity, size, and shape. Pregnancy, extreme weight fluctuations, and aging can all affect how the breasts look, even after augmentation. Breast revision addresses the natural changes in the breasts after augmentation and can provide you with a more pleasing chest appearance.

Post-op Complications

Many of the potential complications associated with breast augmentation are uncontrollable. Implant failure, for example, may occur even in patients who received exceptional care during their breast augmentation treatment. Breast revision can correct postoperative complications, such as implant rupture, and restore a pleasing bustline.

Unsatisfactory Results

Personal preference regarding breast aesthetics can change through the years, and sometimes the outcome of an initial breast augmentation is unsatisfying right away. When breast augmentation does not meet a patient’s expectations, it is appropriate to consider breast revision. Implant size, placement, and type can be modified during breast revision.

Common Breast Concerns Addressed
With Revision

Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is a natural response to foreign objects, including breast implants, placed within the body. There are two approaches to correcting capsular contracture:

Capsulotomy: This is a procedure that involves expanding the capsule, softening the breast, and giving it ample room.

Capsulectomy: This is a procedure that involves removing the capsule altogether, which may reduce the chance of recurrence.

Most Common Symptoms

  • Painful scar tissue
  • Visible distortion
  • Cold and hardness to the breast

Double Bubble Breast Deformity

Double bubble breast deformity occurs when the implant is improperly placed during breast augmentation. It is quite common with the transaxillary and transumbilical approaches due to the long distance between the incision and surgical site. To correct double bubble deformity, Dr. Linder repositions the implant and performs a formal breast lift to reshape the breast.

Most Common Symptoms

  • Elevated implant
  • Skin looseness of the lower breast
  • Often painful scar tissue

Anatomical Breast Implant Deformity

Because anatomical breast implants are not round, any rotation results in deformities that can only be fixed with breast revision. During revision, the anatomical breast implants are replaced with round implants. Capsulectomy may also be required to produce optimal results.

Most Common Symptoms

  • Rotational Deformity
  • Postoperative Implant Movement
  • Misshapen Breast

Breast Implants Bottoming Out

Bottoming out occurs when implants are malpositioned during breast augmentation or when the weight of the implants weakens the lower portion of the breast. Several techniques may be implemented to repair breast implants that have bottomed out. It is a challenging irregularity to mend, but Dr. Linder is happy to apply his breast revision expertise to help his patients achieve the breasts they desire.

Most Common Symptoms

  • Elevated implant
  • Skin looseness of the lower breast
  • Often painful scar tissue

Ruptured Implants

Ruptured implants are a relatively common reason patients seek breast revision surgery. When implants rupture, it is important to have them replaced as soon as possible to avoid excessive scarring in the breasts. If too much scar tissue has accumulated around the deflated implant, it becomes difficult to create a normal breast shape in the future.

Most Common Symptoms

  • Painful to touch
  • Visible asymmetry
  • Loss of integrity to the bag

Desire For Different Implant Size

Personal preference in regards to breast implant size can change over the years. Many patients who undergo breast revision decide to exchange their implants for a different size or remove them altogether. Removal is often paired with a breast lift in cases where previous implants have caused skin laxity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • It has been 10 years since my initial breast augmentation. Do I need to have my implants replaced?

    Contrary to popular belief, breast implants do not need to be replaced every 10 years. If you are free from pain and happy with how your breasts look, there is likely no reason for breast revision; however, it is recommended to see a board-certified plastic surgeon if you have any concerns regarding the condition of your breast implants.

  • What are the brands of implants used at this facility?

    Dr. Linder prefers smooth, high-profile saline and silicone implants by either Mentor® or Allergan Corporation. Both are FDA approved and come with a lifetime guarantee.

  • When will I be able to return to work after having breast revision surgery?

    The length of your recovery depends greatly on the extent of correction required as well as the techniques used during your breast revision. Usually, patients can go back to work within one week, but any strenuous activity should be avoided for at least three to four weeks.

  • What are the potential risks associated with breast revision surgery?

    Complications related to breast revision surgery are uncommon, but there are risks to any surgery. Some of these risks include:

    • Changes in sensation
    • Hematoma
    • Scarring
    • Unsatisfactory results

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