Breast augmentation has been safely performed for decades to give women a look to their chest they want. With modern implant materials and designs, women have a lot more options regarding the shape of the implant instead of only the size. And with these techniques and implant types, the results can be seen for over 10 years.
However, even the healthiest implants will need to be removed or replaced at some point. While some women are able to go 15 years before needing a revision surgery, the general time to start considering a revision or replacement is 10 years after the augmentation surgery.
Modern surgical techniques have reduced the appearance of scarring following breast augmentation surgery. While this does help with new augmentation surgeries, the techniques, and incisions used in the original surgery might not be the best for the revision.
In many cases, your surgeon can follow the same incision lines if they are already hidden from view to reduce any additional scarring. It is important to remember that any surgical procedure comes with the risk of scarring. However, the techniques used during breast implant revision surgeries often result in smaller incisions and scars than the original procedures.
Depending on whether the implant will be replaced with one of equal size or if it will be removed, Dr. Salzman will utilize the best technique to minimize pain, reduce the appearance of scarring, and give the best chance of achieving the desired appearance.
Though it is still a surgical procedure that requires recovery from the anesthesia and the procedure itself, the total recovery time is generally shorter than after augmentation surgery since your body has had time to get used to the size and shape of the implant.
If you are nearing 10 years after your breast augmentation surgery, or are now unhappy with the appearance, call Dr. Salzman at Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa at 502-425-5200 or visit www.itbecomesyou.com to schedule a consultation. There is no reason to fear additional scarring to achieve your desired look.