Breast Implant Revision

Breast Implant Revision ModelThere are a wide range of reasons why a woman may want to revise or replace her breast implants. I perform breast implant “redo” procedures to trade out implants for larger or smaller size implants, improve poor aesthetics, and replace ruptured implants.

Revision cases are almost always more challenging than the initial augmentation procedure, and must be approached on an individual basis to create the desired result. I take a stepwise, comprehensive approach to revision, minimizing the additional surgical time and effort while still achieving the end goal of creating the desired breast appearance. Prior to any surgery, I make sure to assess breast skin quality, tissue thickness, current implant size, position, and profile, and assess current symmetry. A thorough evaluation combined with a sound surgical plan offers you the best opportunity to attain the result you want.

Is This You?

Here are some of the common reasons I hear about why a person is considering breast implant revision:

  • I’m disappointed in how my breasts look after breast augmentation
  • I want to change the size of my breast implants
  • I’ve experienced a breast implant rupture
  • A complication following breast implant surgery has compromised how good my breasts look
  • My breasts looked good for some time, but now my implants feel too firm and they have changed shape

I encourage you to contact us online or call 949-759-0980 today to schedule a consultation at my Newport Beach or Fullerton offices in Orange County to learn more about breast implant revision or replacement. Along with my supportive staff, I am committed to helping you reach your cosmetic goals and I will take the time necessary during your consultation to give you my recommendations and educate you about all your options.

I take a step-by-step, comprehensive approach to revision, minimizing the additional surgical time and effort while still achieving the end goal of creating the desired breast appearance.

– Dr. Savalia

An Improved Breast Implant Outcome

I believe that good communication between doctor and patient is extremely important in order to achieve a positive outcome for all cosmetic surgery procedures, and this is especially true for breast implant revision cases. I will spend as much time as is necessary to understand your concerns and come up with a plan to help you achieve your ideal end result.

Breast implant revision is most typically performed to correct capsular contracture (excess scar tissue formation around an implant) or implant malposition (implants that are too close together, too far apart, or that have “bottomed out”). But there are a wide range of possible reasons why a woman may be dissatisfied with her breast implants, and I will evaluate each case individually.

When performing surgery in order to improve the appearance of breast implants, I will occasionally use a supportive material such as Strattice™ Reconstructive Tissue Matrix. This naturally derived product can reinforce weak or inadequate breast tissue, and it also supports growth of your own tissue. I typically use Strattice™ to correct concerns such as bottoming out, fold malposition, symmastia, recurrent capsular contracture, and wrinkling or rippling.

Typical Implant Revision Cases

Here is a quick look at the main types of implant revision procedures I perform:

  • Breast Implant Replacement: I can exchange breast implants for larger or smaller implants or replace a ruptured implant. I also replace implants in many cases of malposition and when correcting capsular contracture.
  • Breast Implant Removal: If you no longer wish to have implants, I can remove the implants and perform surgery to create an attractive, smaller breast. Often in these cases a breast lift can help to enhance the outcome, particularly for women who had larger implants.
  • Capsulectomy: The capsule that naturally develops around a breast implant may need to be removed entirely when it is overly firm or constricting the breast implant (capsular contracture).
  • Capsulotomy: Tightened scar tissue around a breast implant sometimes can be corrected by cutting the scar capsule. In this procedure, the original capsule remains in place but is just surgically altered.

The Procedure

The typical breast implant revision surgery begins with me placing a small incision in the same place where your initial surgical incision was made. I remove the implant and revise, remove or expand the capsule of tissue that surrounded it. I use temporary implants during surgery to make sure the breast pocket is ideal, and place any additional sutures to correct any asymmetries. The area is irrigated and cleansed and then I prepare a replacement implant for insertion into the breast pocket.

For implants that were initially placed over the chest muscle (subglandular), I usually prefer to place the new implant under the muscle (submuscular) to improve breast shape and minimize the risk of problems developing with the implant capsule. The incision is closed in multiple layers to minimize tension on the scar.

For more information on breast implant revision, I encourage you to
contact us online today.