A lot of breast-augmentation candidates have the mistaken impression that their implants will need to be replaced every ten years, necessitating future surgeries. But this is a misconception; as long as implants are properly placed and not experiencing other issues, it’s not likely that a breast revision surgery is necessary. But there are some ways you can know whether breast revision surgery is a good option, depending on your circumstances.
Reasons to Consider Breast Revision
- Your breast has changed in appearance or structure. Bodies change over time, and the appearance of your breasts might be altered due to pregnancy, weight-gain or an issue with the implants themselves. Saline or silicone breast implants may lose volume, causing a rippling shape to appear in the shape of the breast. Some complications with implants may even be painful. Capsular contracture, which is a formation of tight scar tissue around the implant, can cause discomfort or pain that will require a revision to address.
- You experienced poor results from a past surgery. A badly done breast augmentation can result with an implant being poorly placed, possibly too high. The implant may “bottom out,” where it drops down to a position that is aesthetically too low for the position of the nipple. Other deformities, such as symmastia (where the skin between the breasts lifts up due to an overly aggressive release of the chest muscle) or “double-bubble” effect (where the edge of the breast implant is visible and the breast fails to conform to the shape of the implant) can also require a revision to correct.
- You’re considering a smaller size. Some patients may no longer be happy with the size of their current their breast implants, changing their desired body shape. You might desire a return to your smaller breast size or even your original size, possibly with an accompanying breast lift. These types of revisions may help reduce back or neck pain that results from larger, heavier breast sizes that may have begun to cause you discomfort.
You should consult with a competent doctor about any of these reasons or other reasons that you feel might make breast revision a good choice for you. Knowledgeable professionals can lay out all of your possible options and help educate you about all the implications of surgery to help address your concerns.