Many patients who undergo breast augmentation do so with the idea that this will be their only surgery. If and when the time comes that they wish to or need to switch things up, they may be somewhat surprised. If you’re one of those patients who is feeling the pangs of restlessness about your breasts, it is wise to consult with a board-certified plastic surgery. Breast implant removal or exchange may be just what you need to feel your best.
Reasons for Revision Breast Surgery
Patients undergo revision breast surgery for several different reasons. Common factors that influence this decision include:
- A desire for a different type of implant. Women under the age of 22 have only one option for breast augmentation: saline implants. After some time, many of them schedule revision surgery to switch from saline to silicone.
- Size change. Many breast augmentation patients are afraid of going too big, so they choose a smaller implant size. However, once they get used to the enhancement, patients often say they wish they had chosen more fullness. Revision surgery can accomplish this.
- Change of placement. When undergoing revision surgery to replace one type or size of implant with another, patients may also choose to switch up the location of their implants. This often involves placing new implants under the muscle after the first set had been over the muscle.
- Breast implant removal. In recent years, surgeons have treated more patients who have decided no to replace their breast implants but to have them removed. Breast implant removal may coincide with a breast lift to achieve optimal shape for the reduced size.
- Capsular contracture. The body naturally forms a bit of scar tissue around foreign objects. In this instance, a thin envelop of scar tissue forms around the breast implants. In most cases, scar tissue does not pose a problem. However, some patients develop thicker, more rigid scar tissue that is referred to as capsular contracture. Revision surgery can remove the scar tissue and replace breast implants, usually through the original incisions.
Are you a Candidate for Revision Breast Surgery?
You don’t have to have a big reason for wanting to switch things up after breast augmentation. Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of capsular contracture or want to modify the size or another aspect of your breast implants, Dr. Salzman can help. He has served patients in the Louisville area for over twenty years and offers a straightforward approach that can help you determine the best care for your needs. Call 502-425-5200 to schedule your consultation.