It’s a common misconception among breast augmentation patients that implant revision is almost always performed as a result of implant rupture. In fact, most of the patients that I see for breast implant revision elect to undergo revision surgery for reasons completely unrelated to implant failure, whether for a placement issue or simply to maintain a youthful appearance. Here’s a closer look at four of the best reasons to consider breast implant revision.
1. Change in Size
Women with breast implants may decide to swap out their implants for a different size after some time enjoying their original size choice. Lifestyle changes, weight fluctuations or simply desiring a different look can all warrant a size update, whether that means going larger or smaller.
2. Swap Saline for Silicone (or Vice Versa)
With modern implant styles constantly being updated for improved augmentation results, women with older implants may decide to switch to newer ones. Additionally, some women’s bodies respond better to one implant type than another. This can mean swapping saline implants for silicone, or vice versa.
3. Correct Implant Malposition
Implant malposition can be caused by incorrect implant placement or the implant pocket becoming too large. Malposition can be detected by breasts that are too close together (synmastia), too far apart (lateral displacement), or that have shifted too low on the torso (bottoming out).
4. Treat Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue that forms around an implant becomes overly hardened, resulting in implants that feel hard or even sore to the touch. Capsular contracture can be corrected by removing the hardened scar tissue before replacing the implant.
Women who elect to undergo a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy to remove cancerous tumors in the breast are often concerned about what their resulting breast shape will be.
Many of my patients are relieved to find that, with modern developments, lumpectomies do not necessarily result in having permanently dented or misshaped breasts. In fact, there are a variety of methods for improving breast shape after a lumpectomy. Here is a closer look at three of the most common techniques:
1. Small Implant
Inserting a small implant into the affected breast(s) can be an effective method of improving breast symmetry after a lumpectomy. Women should wait about a year after completing radiation therapy before considering implants. However, not all lumpectomy patients are good candidates for implants, as the radiation can sometimes result in a higher risk of complication.
2. Bra Inserts
A variety of post-lumpectomy products are available for women who would like to improve the appearance of their breast shape under clothing. Bra inserts, often in the form of silicone forms, are available to purchase online and through specialty stores, and can be excellent options for women who do not wish to undergo another surgery for improving their breast shape.
3. Oncoplastic Surgery
In my practice, I specialize in oncoplastic surgery, a technique that involves complete surgical removal of the tumor performed in combination with reconstructive plastic surgery. Since the cancer is removed at the same time as the breast reconstruction, patients only need to undergo one surgical procedure and a single recovery period. Oncoplastic surgery can be ideal for women who would like to preserve their natural breast shape as much as possible while also taking care of their health.
Subjective aging is the difference in how young people feel and how old they seem to be. A study on subjective aging concluded that most people feel about 13 years younger than they actually are. There’s certainly no denying that our society values youth and energy, and we especially value looking young and energetic.
Feeling Younger vs. Looking Younger
If you want to look as young as you feel, I recommend regular good exercise, proper nutrition, and keeping active – that’s true for people of all ages.
Looking young is a different matter, however. Youth is primarily shown through firm skin, good muscle tone and an even complexion. Gravity and age both affect the skin over time, leading to wrinkles and gradual sagging, even in the fittest people. Light skin tones are especially likely to suffer from further evidence of aging in the form of age spots and other pigmentation problems resulting from sun damage.
Looking Your Best at Any Age
Makeup may offer an effective short-term camouflage for minor signs of aging, but longer term correction can require surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to help your outside age match your inner vitality.
Many treatment options are available to help you look refreshed regardless of how many candles were on your last cake:
- Chemical peels can help improve skin tone and fade pigment irregularities
- BOTOX® Cosmetic injections diminish existing dynamic wrinkles and can help prevent future wrinkles from forming
- Ultherapy® can lift and tighten lax skin by targeting the same supportive layer as a surgical facelift without surgery or scars
The right combination of facial rejuvenation procedures can help keep you looking your best at any age.
Breast augmentation can help maintain a curvaceous look and boost self-esteem. Yet, as with any surgery, there are potential complications that could occur during surgery, some of which could need correction through breast revision later on. In an effort to reduce the possibility of revision surgery and other risks, it’s essential to choose a highly skilled surgeon for your procedure. There are three primary ways that surgical excellence can help ensure the best breast augmentation results as well as minimize the risk of undesired side effects.
1. Individualized Treatment Plans
While some surgeons will rush procedures in order to increase business volume, I believe in working with each patient to create an individualized plan that produces the best outcomes. Once we have established the best way to proceed for a specific patient, it is much easier to know how to better control possible complications.
2. Thorough Evaluations
Another way to reduce complications is to ensure a complete examination is performed to identify potential issues (such as anatomical considerations or health concerns) well before your breast augmentation. With comprehensive guidance from the first consultation through the entire procedure, my patients and I work together to ensure a positive outcome.
3. Extensive Training and Experience
Proper training combined with experience can also help to reduce augmentation complications. To ensure the greatest level of expertise, always look for a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation. This level of training reflects the highest degree of skills and knowledge necessary to provide the greatest success rates.
While many of my patients have a specific idea of what the perfect breasts should look like after breast enhancement, some may not realize that their goal figure involves not only a larger size, but also a higher placement. To achieve the often-held ideal of a high, full profile after breast augmentation, there are three reasons I recommend including a breast lift as well.
1. Can Better Meet Cosmetic Goals
Many women find that their hopes for breast enhancement surgery cannot be met by only one procedure. While women with a minor degree of drooping can sometimes find a solution in implants alone, others may have appearance concerns that are better addressed with a breast lift, like significant sagging. Combining a breast lift with implants helps my patients achieve both goals.
2. Addresses Volume and Placement
Implants don’t bring the breasts to a higher position, and may even increase the degree of existing sagging, especially in women who already have a generous breast volume. A lift restores a perkier profile, but won’t significantly boost cup size. Combining a lift with implants can increase the size of the breasts while simultaneously raising the bust line, enhancing cleavage and creating a flattering figure.
3. Brings Out the Best in Both Surgeries
Including a breast lift with your implants can enhance the results of both surgeries when compared to the results of either surgery alone. While a breast lift can tighten the skin and trim away any excess, breast implants can fill the breast first to result in less excess skin in the first place for minimal scarring. Additionally, a breast lift can reposition the nipple if necessary and even resize the areola, providing better balance to your enhanced breasts.