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Reasons for Undergoing Breast Implant Revision Surgery

By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on June 06, 2014

Woman with breast implants hooking braBreast augmentation surgery can have a dramatic effect on your overall appearance. Even a slight boost in cup size can bring out the best in your existing curves. Your breast augmentation surgery will be tailored to meet your needs, helping you look your absolute best. Dr. Oren Lerman has assisted patients throughout Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs by placing breast implants and enhancing the innate beauty in patients that was always there.

Sometimes Dr. Lerman is asked to address issues that arise following an initial breast augmentation surgery. This is known as revision breast augmentation, and it's something that we'd like to discuss in some detail right now.

About Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery

Also known as secondary or corrective breast augmentation surgery, revision breast augmentation is performed in order to address complications and other issues that affect the appearance of the breast implants or the health of the patient. As soon as a patient notices an issue or a potential issue with her breast implants, it's important that she get in touch with her surgeon as soon as possible so that these matters can be addressed.

Below are a few common reasons why breast augmentation revision is performed.

Breast Implant Revision for Ruptures and Leaks

A breast implant leak or rupture usually occurs following an incident that causes trauma to the chest. This could mean an auto accident or a bike accident, or it could occur as a result of a hard fall. The breast implant will break and disperse its contents into the body, altering its appearance. Patients, particularly patients with silicone breast implants, should have these issues addressed as soon as possible.

Breast Implant Revision for Complications During Recovery

As a patient heals, she may experience unfortunate complications that necessitate the removal and replacement of the breast implant. Some of these issues include the following:

  • Serious infection
  • Hematoma (accumulation of blood in or around the breast)
  • Seroma (accumulation of fluid in or around the breast)
  • Capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around the implant)

As with rupture of a breast implant, these matters should be addressed as soon as possible to ensure patient health and wellness.

Breast Implant Revision for Poor Aesthetic Results

Sometimes the overall aesthetic results of the breast augmentation surgery may be poor. This can occur immediately after the surgery as the patient heals, or it may occur years down the line as part of the natural aging process. Some aesthetic issues that can be addressed through breast augmentation revision include the following:

  • Asymmetrical size or position
  • Bottoming out of the implant (the breast implant slips below the pocket)
  • Shifts in breast implant position
  • Major wrinkling or rippling
  • Symmastia (aka "bread loafing" or "uniboob")

Preventing the Need for Breast Implant Revision

The best way for patients to prevent the need for revision is to meet with a skilled plastic surgeon who will take all of their needs into account during the consultation process. Following all pre-op and post-op instructions is also crucial as this helps ensure the best possible healing experience for the patient.

Schedule a Consultation for Breast Enhancement Surgery

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery and how it can be of great benefit to you and your needs, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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