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Reasons for Breast Implant Revision

Posted June 11, 2012 in Breast Augmentation, Plastic Surgery

woman on beach in white bikiniBreast augmentation is among the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed today. Breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts, while also enhancing the shape and perkiness. Because of how common breast augmentation with implants is, many patients wrongly conclude that the procedure itself is simple. This is not true. Proper surgical technique and skill are required to ensure optimal results. Because each patient has unique needs, each surgery must be customized to each individual patient. San Francisco plastic surgeon Kimberly Henry understands how essential attention to detail is to producing your desired results.

There are many reasons for breast implant revision, including physical changes, a desire to change breast implant size, capsular contracture, and rupture of the breast implant. Patients who are dissatisfied with the results of their breast augmentation surgery for any reason and are in good health are likely suitable candidates for breast implant revision. If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or feel of your breast implants, you may benefit from breast implant revision.

Reasons for Breast Implant Revision: Physical Changes

Weight gain, weight loss, and aging can affect the look and feel of breast implants. One of the most common issues that affect women as they age is sagging breasts. Some women are under the misconception that breast implants prevent breasts from sagging, but this is not true. While breast implants may help with a minimal amount of sagging, breast implants cannot prevent sagging from occurring. San Francisco breast augmentation patients with sagging breasts may require breast lift surgery along with breast implant revision surgery. While physical changes are natural, they do not have to keep you from having the contours you desire.

Reasons for Breast Implant Revision: Size

The most common reason for breast implant revision is implant size. The majority of San Francisco breast implant revision patients undergo revision because they are dissatisfied with the size of their breast implants. Among the women who undergo breast implant revision because of size, most desire to have larger breast implants. A small number of women undergo breast implant revision because they desire to have smaller breast implants. Breast implant size is a very personal choice and can be quite confusing. There are many breast implant sizes to choose from, making the decision overwhelming for many patients. Plastic surgeon Kimberly Henry will consider your unique body frame, breast width, and breast tissue, as well as your needs and goals, when assisting you in determining the size of breast implant ideal for your individual contour.

Reasons for Breast Implant Revision: Capsular Contracture

During capsular contracture, the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant contracts, causing the breast to become hard and have an unnatural appearance. The breasts become painful and appear quite round. If capsular contracture advances, the breast implants must be removed and replaced through breast implant revision. While capsular contracture may occur at any time, it is most common in the first few months after breast augmentation surgery.

Reasons for Breast Implant Revision: Rupture

Breast implants may rupture from normal, everyday wear and tear. Implants that are overfilled or under-filled are at a greater risk of rupture. Other causes of rupture include defective implants and an excessive wrinkling and creasing of the implant, which may cause premature wear. Once an implant has ruptured, it is crucial to undergo immediate breast implant revision surgery. If a ruptured breast implant is left in the body for too long, scar tissue surrounding the deflated implant can make implant revision more difficult.

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