Breast Implant Revision Surgery
A number of breast implant revision options are available to patients seeking to improve or correct complications with breast implants after a previous breast augmentation procedure. Corrective breast surgery can help improve the size, shape, symmetry, and feel of breast implants.
Common Breast Implant Revision Procedures
There are many ways to enhance or correct the look and feel of existing breast implants. At Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, you’ll find Houston plastic surgeons who can help you achieve improved results through a number of breast implant revision procedures, including:
- Removing or replacing existing implants with new ones (an implant exchange) to change implant size, type, or position and improve overall appearance of breasts.
- Removing scar tissue (capsulectomy) or creating incisions to adjust scar tissue (capsulotomy) that surrounds an implant to create a more natural appearance.
- Deflating saline implants before undergoing corrective breast surgery by puncturing a small hole in the implant and then suctioning saline out through it. This procedure gives breast tissue and skin time to tighten before proceeding to the next step of implant revision. Referred to as percutaneous implant deflation, the procedure is noninvasive and typically requires very little to no recovery period.
- Placing sutures within the breast capsule and reconstructing the implant area to reposition breast implants that are too far apart, too close, or “bottomed out.”
When to Consider Breast Implant Revision
Although most breast augmentation patients typically enjoy long-term positive results, some encounter problems with implants while others may want further cosmetic enhancement. You may benefit from a breast implant revision if you experience the following:
- Rupture or leak in a silicone implant
- Deflated saline implants
- Change in implant position, size, or shape
- Deformed or irregular breast appearance due to weight loss/gain, pregnancy, gravity, or other changes that affect skin elasticity
- Pain from scar tissue that builds around the implant
Before deciding to have breast implant revision, it’s best to consult a Kelsey-Seybold plastic surgeon to discuss your options and whether corrective breast surgery is right for you.