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Top Five Reasons for Breast Implant Revision

By Dr. Suzanne Yee on August 11, 2015


Close shot of woman’s chest in black bra on black background.  Breast implants can help women enhance the size, shape, volume, or proportion of their busts for a fuller figure and boosted confidence. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 280,000 women underwent breast augmentation in 2014 alone, making this the top cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. In an ideal world, every breast implant placement procedure would go perfectly, leading to no complications and gorgeous results. However, there are many factors that could lead a woman to be unhappy with her breast implants. Fortunately, experienced plastic surgeons like Dr. Suzanne Yee can help correct these issues for beautiful results. Read on to learn the top five reasons for breast implant revision and find out how we can help at our Little Rock practice.

1. Your implant has ruptured.

While it is rare, it is possible for saline and silicone implants to tear or develop small holes, causing their materials to leak out.

If your saline implant ruptures, you will most likely notice the problem immediately, since the sterile saltwater will quickly flow out of the casing. This will give your breast a sagging, deflated appearance. If this occurs, Dr. Yee can remove the shell of the implant and replace it with a new one.

Diagnosing a rupture with silicone implants is markedly more complex. Since this gel is thicker, you may not notice the leak until long after the rupture actually occurred. This could lead the silicone to disperse around your breast, leading to a misshapen appearance. If you have silicone implants and notice any changes in your breasts, contact us immediately. The sooner we can detect a rupture, remove the silicone gel from your tissue, and replace your implant, the better.

2. You have experienced capsular contracture.

In some cases, patients who undergo breast augmentation with implants experience capsular contracture. This condition occurs when excessive scar tissue develops around the implants. Capsular contracture typically gives the breasts an overly firm, unnatural, misshapen look and feel. In addition, it often leads to a tight, uncomfortable sensation. If you suffer from capsular contracture, Dr. Yee can perform a revision procedure to remove scar tissue and place new implants.

3. You are dissatisfied with your augmentation.

If your plastic surgeon did not fully understand your needs or properly execute your procedure, you may feel dissatisfied with your new bosom. This is why it is important to work with a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Yee. She works closely with patients to design customized breast augmentation surgeries that suit their preferences. If you are unhappy with your prior implant surgery, Dr. Yee can perform a revision to help you enjoy the breasts you desire and deserve.

4. Pregnancy, weight changes, or aging have affected your implants.    

Bodily changes can affect the texture and appearance of your implants. Nursing, weight gain or loss, and the process of aging can lead your breasts to change in shape or sag. To correct this, Dr. Yee can replace or modify your implants. She may also recommend a breast lift, depending on your particular case. 

5. It has been over a decade since your initial procedure.

Unfortunately, breast implants simply don’t last forever. Over time, your prostheses can degrade, changing their appearance and increasing your risks for rupture. If you had your implants placed over ten years ago, it may be time for an upgrade.

Do You Need a Breast Implant Revision?

If you are for any reason dissatisfied with your current breast implants, Dr. Yee and our team can help. Contact our plastic surgery practice today to find out more about breast implant revision or schedule a consultation.

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