Generally, women want to have a breast augmentation to feel better about themselves, to look better with certain clothes and therefore increase their self-esteem. And although with a breast augmentation, your physical appearance can improve markedly, the truth is that breast implants don't last forever.
Breast implants have been evolved through history. Previously, materials such as ox cartilage and peanut oil were used to increase the size of the breast. Today, saline and silicone implants are used, both FDA-approved. These materials significantly reduce the complications associated with the use of implants.
However, a patient who had breast augmentation may suffer a local trauma that causes the rupture of the implant, or a capsular contracture has occurred as a result of the natural healing process. It can also happen that the patient perceives changes in their nipple sensitivity, or notices some asymmetry in her breasts, and this is why a breast revision is needed.
All women who have breast augmentation surgery should have a breast implant revision to know the status of their prostheses. This implant revision is essential to control and monitor the state of the prostheses.
It is necessary to clarify that breast augmentation is one of the safest and most rewarding surgeries for the patient because the result is immediate. While breast implants are resistant and safe, there are cases where it is convenient to know if the prosthesis is rotated by some local trauma, or if there is a Capsular Contracture.
Breast augmentation revision is realized by doing an ultrasound of the prostheses, as part of regular monitoring of breast implants, as the ultrasound provides useful and detailed information about the condition of the prosthesis.
This revision is painless and non-invasive and will allow you to know how your prostheses are so that you can feel calm and safe in the hands of experts.
Although the percentage of risk or complications with implants is low (8 to 10% of cases), it is recommended to perform an ultrasound every two years after a breast augmentation surgery.
Our experience at Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery tells us that it is statistically unlikely that a problem with the implant will occur, within the first five years after breast augmentation surgery.
A breast implant revision is not only performed to correct any complication with the prosthesis. There are patients who underwent a breast augmentation when they were young, and today after many years, they want to reduce their size. It may also occur that the patient wants a bigger size after a previous increase.
The truth is that there are aesthetic, emotional, and medical reasons why women may consider a breast augmentation revision.
The right candidates for a breast implant revision are:
As we mentioned before, many reasons can cause women to want a breast augmentation revision. We will mention some below:
Even when breast augmentation is one of the most satisfying surgery, sometimes a patient may want to remove their breast implant.
This can occur when the patient realized that she felt more satisfied with the shape of her body before having the implants, or that larger breasts hinder her daily activities.
It can also happen that the patient is not happy with the size of her breasts, either because she considers them too large or too small, so she goes for a revision to remove the implant.
Another reason why the breast implant is considered to be removed is that they have years with that prosthesis, so they are aged or broken, with very drooping breasts.
The implant removal procedure is performed using a periareolar scar (around the areola)
Capsular contracture of the implant is one of the complications that most worries patients who have a breast augmentation at Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery; however, the risk is low.
Of course, when any prosthesis is introduced into our body, an immune response occurs. Our body considers the material of the prosthesis strange and tries to isolate it by producing a membrane of tissue around it. This capsule is made of collagen and does not cause discomfort or symptoms, nor does it alter the aesthetic result.
But sometimes the capsule develops excessively and produces a progressive hardening of the implant that can become deformed by the tension of the tissue. This is known as Contracture Capsular.
It usually appears after the first year of implant placement, and the patient can feel some sort of firmness or hardness in the breast. As time passes, it can deform the appearance of the breast and cause pain.
Although the causes of Capsular Contracture are not entirely known, there are precise specifications that our surgeons follow to reduce the risk:
Surgical intervention is necessary to correct capsular contracture.
Some breast implants may suffer a rupture in the first months after surgery and some after several years. Others may rupture after ten years or more.
The most common causes of rupture are:
If the patient notices a reduction in the size of the breast, knots or have other symptoms such as; an uneven appearance, pain or tenderness, itching, swelling, and even numbness, then, her implant may have suffered a rupture; therefore, she will require a revision.
In the case of breast implant rupture, an intervention would be essential for the replacement of the prosthesis. The appearance of a rupture should not create any urgency. Nevertheless, it is still necessary to schedule the intervention in a few months for the replacement of the prostheses.
After breast augmentation, one of the complications that may arise is the formation of undulations or folds in the implant, and these are transferred to the surface of the breast skin when the skin is very thin.
This occurs when the breasts have low volume, and the skin is very thin or with little subcutaneous fat. Consequently, the mammary gland is very small, and the implant is too large for your body.
These undulations usually appear on the lateral part of the breasts, and also in the region of the neckline.
The solution to this complication is to replace the implant with a more suitable one.
Another common reason to consider a change of the implants is that the patient wants to increase the size of her breasts a little more.
Surgery to increase the size of breast implants is usually simpler, faster, and less painful than the original breast augmentation. It is often necessary to enlarge the breast pocket (capsulotomy) to open space for larger implants.
Symmastia is a very rare and unlikely issue, which is usually congenital but can occur as a complication of breast augmentation surgery.
It occurs when the implants come together so much, that, the dividing line between them disappears so that the neckline disappears and gives the feeling that you only have one implant.
When this phenomenon occurs, space can be seen between both breasts. Fat and excess skin can develop in the area, as well as an abnormal arrangement of the collagen fibers in the breast tissue. Even the nipples can be affected so that they end up pointing outwards in an unusual way. It usually has no symptoms, except for the notoriety of the disappearance of the neckline. This complication is corrected through surgical intervention
Poor implant placement can cause complications such as:
Generally, patients from another beauty center come to our office because they have some deformity due to poor implant placement. Our doctors then perform the revision to correct the error and provide well-being and satisfaction to the patient.
Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery in Miami is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, that is used to correct problems with Breast Implants and improve the results of Breast Augmentation, especially when complications arise.
If you have a problem with your current Breast Implants, or just want to change their size, you should consider Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery as the right place for you. Thousands of patients come every day, from various parts of the country, to undergo cosmetic procedures that improve their image and self-esteem.
Our surgeons are highly qualified to give you the best results. Also, our medical staff is oriented to provide you quality care, so that you feel at home, calm, and safe.
Come to Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery and take advantage of your first consultation.
During the initial consultation, you will have a conversation with your surgeon. You can be confident that you are in the hands of experts who can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Also, your surgeon will ensure that you know all the options you have, and the results you will get from each.
We understand that the confidence factor is decisive when choosing a surgeon, so in your first consultation, you can ask your surgeon all the questions you may have and clear all your doubts. After this in-depth consultation and determining that you are a good candidate for breast implant revision surgery, our surgeon will recommend the best technique that meets your needs.
To prepare for your breast implant revision surgery, our medical staff may require the following:
This surgery is performed in hospitals, and the use of general anesthesia is required.
After the procedure, bandages can be placed to cover the incisions. However, this depends on the type of incision that was made. Sometimes, a situation which may occur is that a drain is placed to stop excess blood or fluids.
The healing process can continue for several weeks as the inflammation decrease. Our surgeon will give you the instructions you should follow and the medications you should take for optimal results.
The cost depends on the location, the doctor, and the type of implants used. This procedure has an average cost of $ 8,025, and this price varies between $ 2,900 and $ 12,950
If you have any questions about this procedure, do not hesitate to contact us. We want to help you reach your goals.
We recommend waiting at least six months from the first intervention. After that time, the breasts will have been deflated, and you will be able to contemplate the final result; and then decide whether you want to change the size of your breast, or not.
Breast Implants don't last forever. Saline implants may leak over time and will have to be replaced. Likewise, most of the silicone implants are specially designed, so even if they break, the silicone won't leak.
Some women want a natural look with a subtle enhancement while others want a more noticeable look. When you come to your first consultation, your surgeon will help you decided the right implant and the right size to achieve the look that fits your body and your expectations.
The answer is yes. Increasing the size of your breast with breast implants is not an obstacle to breastfeeding your baby. Today there are different techniques to place the implants that help you retain the ability to produce milk.
Our recommendation is to check your implants every year. Besides examining their condition, your doctor will also be able to analyze your breast to see what changes have occurred over the years. These checkups are routine; they don't necessarily mean you have to go back to the operating room.
Depending on the magnitude of the impact, the breast implant may or may not break. If you have doubts, it is best to go with your surgeon for a breast implant revision. This procedure is not invasive, and it will show if the implant is in good condition or not.
The patient who undergoes a breast implant removal should know that the result will be a similar breast to the one she had before surgery. The effect of time and pressure of the implant on the breast muscle must be added.
Although weight loss will not impact on your breast implants directly, significant weight loss may affect the appearance of your breasts. Considerable weight gain will result in a less noticeable size-effect of the implants.
Breast Implants are created to simulate the natural feel of human breasts. Our patients have told us that silicone implants are the ones that feel more natural.
It will depend on the choice of the type of implant, the size, as well as the location of the breast implant. It should be noted that, in general, they are barely noticeable.