Should You Consider Breast Revision Surgery?
- Posted on: Aug 15 2015
Breast augmentations lead the list when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Since 1961, when the first of the silicone breast implants was created, women have flocked to cosmetic surgeons to get on the implant bandwagon.
The basic silicone implant was modified in 1982, but years later studies by the FDA concluded that a substance found in some silicone implants could break down while in the body and possibly form a carcinogen. With that news, many surgeons switched to the use of saline implants.
If you are one of the many women who chose breast augmentation surgery early on, you may not have anticipated having a second surgery – a revision surgery – on your breasts. It’s possible you were not told at the time of your surgery that breast implants are not meant to last a ‘lifetime.’ Interestingly, the warranty on most breast implants is about ten years. So, it is very common that some secondary surgery will be necessary at some point in your lifetime.
Perhaps you have had your implants for a short time but are simply not happy with the results – they may be too small, too large…there may be some visual rippling of the breast tissue…or the pocket containing the implant may have stretched slightly. The FDA estimates that switching to a larger implant accounts for approximately 37% of breast revision surgeries. It is also possible that the implant may have deflated or ruptured making a secondary surgery necessary.
You are a good revision candidate if:
- You want to change your breast or implant size
- There is a tightening (capsular contracture) of the scar tissue surrounding the implant
- Your implants have shifted
- Your nipples seem too high or too low
- Your implants have deflated
- An MRI suggests your implant may have a leak
- Your breast tissue has changed due to weight gain or loss
Revision surgery is safe. It is possible for you to be happy with your breasts, again!
Dr. Dunkley’s primary goal is to restore the youthful contours and appearance of your breasts.
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