When breast augmentation results fall short of expectations, patients may consider breast implant revision. The causes for revision surgery can range from correcting implant malposition to simply updating to a new look. Here are four of the most common reasons patients consider breast implant revision.
1. Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture happens when the scar tissue that normally develops around the implant becomes excessive and overly hard. Capsular contracture can be painful to the touch or feel unnaturally firm. Breast implant revision can release or remove the hardened scar tissue to restore a soft and supple breast texture.
Symmastia occurs when the breast implants move too close together due to an incorrect breast pocket size or placement, and is evidenced by breasts that touch in the middle or skin that tents over the breastbone. To correct symmastia, revision surgery can restore implants to a natural position and add internal sutures for long-lasting results.
Breast asymmetry can either be caused by a size difference in the breasts unaccounted for by the initial breast augmentation, or a placement difference where one implant is noticeably higher or more off-center than the other. To correct this, a breast implant revision surgeon can change out implants for appropriate sizes to create a symmetrical look or improve implant placement and support to ensure natural breast position.
4. Size Changes
Many women choose to undergo breast revision surgery because they would like a size change in their implants. Women can switch out implants for either a larger or smaller volume to accommodate their updated appearance goals or lifestyle changes.