Women undergo breast augmentation to enhance confidence in the shape, size, and overall appearance of their breasts. While many patients with breast implants experience no problems, some women do, requiring corrective surgery. Breast revision restores comfort and improves the appearance of breasts after surgery-related complications, genetic defects, or a desire for a change in previously augmented breasts. This procedure allows women to regain their self-esteem and physical well-being by repairing breast concerns that may have occurred recently or that have been present all of their lives.
Breast Revision Candidates
During your consultation, Dr. Patronella will examine your breasts to determine whether or not you are a candidate for breast revision. Breast revision may benefit you if you experience or identify with one of the following:
Noticeable breast asymmetry
Congenital deformities of the breasts
The desire to change implant size
Candidates should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results.
Dr. Patronella performs corrective breast procedures to reshape breasts that have an unusual appearance due to previous breast surgeries or congenital defects. Breast revision is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between one and two hours and may consist of a single technique or a combination of methods depending on the concern. Some common reasons for breast revision include:
Bottoming out is a form of implant displacement where the implant falls below the inframammary crease. This condition may occur when a heavy implant is surrounded by weak breast tissue. During this procedure, the implant is repositioned, and the breast fold is tightened.
Some women’s breasts fail to develop normally due to congenital issues such as tubular breasts. Breast revision and corrective surgery can restore or provide a natural look to underdeveloped breasts and other breast deformities.
Some asymmetry is common after breast augmentation, as it is challenging to ensure complete symmetry. Fortunately for most, this asymmetry is not noticeable to the naked eye; however, some women develop more obvious differences between the size and placement of the two breasts. Breast revision for asymmetry involves repositioning the implant and tightening the tissues so that the breasts sit more symmetrically. Occasionally, an implant will need to be exchanged for one of a different size.
After an implant is placed, a capsule of scar tissue forms around it. Occasionally, this scar tissue will tighten, causing the implant to shift and harden in the breast pocket. This squeezing leads to physical pain and an unnatural breast appearance. The implant and the surrounding scar tissue must be removed and the capsule repaired before a new implant can be added.
Preferences change, and some women may decide they want to alter the size or profile of their implants to achieve a different look. Breast revision allows women to exchange their current implants for alternative sizes, shapes, filling materials, or textures. The old implant will be removed, the breast pocket will be expanded or tightened as needed, and the new implant will be added.