Breast Revision Experts
It can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing situation: your breast implants have become painfully hard, changed position or have formed ripples that are visible through your skin. These and other problems caused by a previous breast augmentation surgery can lead to self-consciousness and frustration, not to mention physical discomfort. Whether you are experiencing problems with your breast implants, or you simply wish to change their size or shape, our trusted breast surgeons at Grove Plastic offer breast revision surgery to fix these uncomfortable issues and get your breasts back to beautiful.
Grove Plastic Breast Surgery, for Results You Can Count On
Thousands of women from around the world travel to a Grove Plastic center Grove Plasticuse of our surgeons’ international reputation for excellence, particularly for breast surgery results. The specialized experience and training of our surgeons makes them highly sought after as some of the most talented and careful breast surgeons in the world. Their adherence to safe practices and skillful surgical precision garnishes trust among their patients, including those who seek them out to fix or alter the results of a previous breast surgery.
What Can Breast Revision Surgery Correct?
Women seek to undergo breast revision surgery after breast augmentation for a variety of reasons, but most often one (or more) of the following:
- Change of implant size/type. For women who would like implants of a different size (often bigger), or who would like to change the type (saline or silicone) of their implants, they may consider having breast revision surgery to accomplish this.
- Capsular contracture. A complication of breast augmentation surgery, capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant in the breast pocket that the body forms around it, causing implants to become uncomfortably hard.
- Rippling. In cases where ripples form on the surface of a breast implant, they can sometimes be seen through the skin, particularly if a woman has thin skin or little body fat or breast tissue. A secondary breast surgery can be used to change saline implants to the newer cohesive gel silicone implants (which are often softer and have less risk of rippling) or to reposition the implants under the muscle in order to help improve the rippling.
- Bottoming out. This implant problem occurs when implants move to a low position that is not centered behind the breast mound and nipple. Oftentimes, sutures need to be placed along the bottom of the breast to help support the implant and hold it up in a higher position. Our surgeons are also well known for more complex revision procedures that may require the use of a sling made of silk (Seri™) or acellular dermal matrix (Alloderm™, Flex HD™ or Belladerm™).
- Symmastia. Sometimes referred to as “uni-boob” or “bread loafing,” symmastia is a condition where breast implants migrate to the midline of the chest, which can lift the skin over the breast bone and form what looks like one single breast instead of two. This can be a complex problem to fix; ask our experts, who are surgeons that specialize in these complex reconstructive procedures. Our surgeons may suggest the use of a sling to reinforce the tissues made of silk (Seri™) or an acellular dermal matrix (Alloderm™, Flex HD™ or Belladerm™).
- “Double Bubble.” When implants drop after an augmentation surgery, they should drop forward into the breast. If they try to drop down behind the breast, a double fold or “double bubble” can form. This may also happen when the breast sags off the front of an implant. Ask one of our expert surgeons about the best option to correct your individual case. Our surgeons will lay out a very detailed plan to address your individual concerns.
- Leaking or ruptured implants. Though a rare occurrence, implants may become damaged (usually as a result of excessive trauma to the chest, such as in the case of a car accident or similar) and need to be replaced. Although implants are designed to last a long time, after many years they may leak and need to be replaced.
Can You Benefit from Breast Revision Surgery?
Women seek breast revision surgery for a variety of reasons, ranging from fixing aesthetics or adjusting size to addressing medical concerns, and sometimes a mixture of these. To determine whether or not you need or would benefit from breast revision surgery, one of our surgeons would need to examine you and also sit down with you to discuss your goals for surgery. In general, however, you may benefit from breast revision surgery if you:
- Are dissatisfied with the appearance of your implants
- Are experiencing discomfort from hardened breast implants
- Are embarrassed by implants that have changed position
- Have had one or both implants damaged, causing rupturing or leakage
- Just feel the implants are too big or too small and you would like to change size
An Overview of the Breast Revision Procedure
A breast revision procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. As there are various types of conditions that this procedure may address, using different surgical techniques, this surgery is tailored to fit the needs of the individual patient.
If capsular contracture is being treated, the surgeon will perform a capsulectomy procedure, which removes the scar tissue that forms around the implant. For patients who wish to replace their implants with a different type or shaped implant (whether out of aesthetic concerns or due to one or both implants becoming damaged), the procedure will involve removing the previous implants and placing the new ones in their place. (Depending on the goals of the surgery, the new implant may also be moved under or over the chest muscle.) In situations where the implant has changed position or rotated within the breast pocket, the surgeon will reposition the implant and then suture the breast pocket so that the implant does not shift out of position.
Breast Revision Surgery and Recovery
After breast surgery, your breasts will be bandaged in order to provide support and protect the incisions. You will need to have someone drive you home from the surgical center and stay with you for the first 48 to 72 hours, as you will need some assistance getting around. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to use for the first few days after surgery, if needed. You can return to office work after five to seven days and more strenuous work in approximately two weeks, depending on the extent of surgery and your healing rate (which will be determined by the doctor during your follow-up appointments). Exercise can typically be resumed after two weeks.
Breast Implant Problems? Call Grove Plastic for Help
Don’t be discouraged by painful or misshapen breasts caused by implant problems. Help is available! Coconut Grove Grove Plastic surgeons have performed countless breast surgeries, and have earned a stellar reputation for achieving beautiful, natural-looking results. Let us help relieve you of the pain and self-consciousness of implant problems with our breast revision procedure. For a thorough breast exam and explanation of your surgery options, contact Grove Plastic today to schedule a consultation. Call us at Grove Plastic Surgery or email us at info@Grove PlasticCenters.com today!