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About Breast Implant Exchange
Breast Augmentation is safe with a low complication rate and long lasting results. Even so, silicone breast implants are not intended to last forever. Breast implants will provide between 10 and 20 years of enhancement .
Some reasons for revision include:
- Implant wear and rupture
- Capsular contracture
- Breast ptosis or sagging
- Lateralization of the breast implants
Some long term complications from a previous breast augmentation include rupture, capsular contracture and lateralization. While these particular problems are rare, breast implants will need to be replaced and combined with soft tissue work to correct either a capsular contracture problem or implant displacement. In addition, body contouring surgeries such as Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck can be combined with implant exchanges or revisions.
The incisions from your previous breast augmentation surgery can often be used for your breast augmentation revision. This may prevent further scarring. Whatever your reason for undergoing breast revision surgery, Dr. R. M. Bonnor will help guide you through your options to safely achieve your desired outcome.
Reason for Revisions
Patients may notice a decrease in the size of the implant or feel pain or hardening of the soft tissue around the implant suggesting a capsular contracture. In a rare number of instances, the patient may be experiencing more immediate side effects immediately after their breast augmentation surgery. Some women report discomfort while exercising because of the size, shape, or placement of their implants.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is breast implant revision painful?
Most patients report that breast implant exchanges are less painful than the initial breast augmentation procedure.
Is “Double Bubble” the surgeon’s fault?
Double bubble deformity describes breast implants that have dropped below the breast fold. It requires surgical intervention to correct. The condition may be complicated by loose and sagging skin that occurs in many women as they get older. Regardless of which factors are responsible for double bubble, timely and decisive breast implant revision surgery is the surest way to remedy it.
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