Los Angeles patients who require breast implant revision tend to research plastic surgeons for a specialist in that field. I have performed thousands of breast cosmetic surgeries and I’ve shared my experience with my colleagues worldwide by publishing many journal articles on topics in cosmetic breast surgery. In addition, I’m a clinical investigator for the newest generation of breast implants for two of the largest breast implant manufacturers. Because of my background, patients from all over the world seek me out for breast implant revision surgery.
Some of the common reasons patients consult with me for breast implant revision surgery include:
Ruptured breast implants
Visible implant ripples
Breast tissue that has dropped below the implant into an unnatural position
Breast implants falling to the sides of the chest wall
Inframammary crease (under the breast) malposition
Asymmetry of the breast volume, shape or areolas
Breadth of Experience
Revision breast implant surgery is challenging, but my extensive experience with these types of cases has been particularly satisfying for me. Patient desires vary greatly and the best way to understand your options is in a consultation with me. In general, there are several common procedures that I use for revision breast surgeries. These include: implant capsule opening or removal, implant capsule repositioning, breast lift, changing implant type or proportions, areola surgery.
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Capsular contracture is the deformity and hardening that may occur if the breast fibrous capsule thickens with time. With the new generations of implants, capsular contracture happens to less than 5% of patients, but decades ago, most patients developed capsular contracture. The treatment of capsular contracture may involve one or all of the following:
Capsulotomy, where the capsule is divided in multiple areas to allow it to expand
Capsulectomy, where the capsule is removed in its entirety
Implant replacement with a new implant, possibly the newest generation of cohesive gel implants
Implant Capsule Repositioning
Reconstructing the fibrous capsule surrounding the implant may be necessary if the implants drop too low on one or both sides, or if the implants slide too far to the side when the patient is on her back.
Breast Implant Revision
Sometimes the implants are perfect, but the breast tissue has lost elasticity over the years and dropped beneath the implant. This creates an unnatural appearance. A breast lift is advisable in these cases to restore the breast to its ideal position centered over the implant.
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Changing Implant Type or Proportions
There are several reasons why a patient might consider replacing her breast implants:
To change the volume of implant because of patient preference
To change the proportions or “profile” of the implant to create a more ideal breast shape
To change the fill of the implant to reduce visible ripples or simulate a more natural feel. This may involve changing from saline to silicone gel or the newest generation of cohesive gel implants.
Change from smooth to textured surface implant, or vice versa, depending on patient needs
Areolas, or the darker skin around the nipple, may or may not change in diameter and shape in the years following breast augmentation. Areolas may also change in size or position with age or pregnancy. Patients may choose to improve the aesthetics of their areolas as a part of their breast implant revision surgery.
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One of the last things on a woman’s mind when she decides to get breast implants is thinking about the day she’ll have them replaced. Eventually, however, virtually all breast augmentation patients have to undergo breast implant revision surgery to exchange their implants—unless they decide to simply remove them. I’ve been seeing an increasing number… Read On