Revision or secondary breast augmentation can range from being a simple procedure to being a very complex one. There are a many factors involved, and we explore some of these in the text below.
Why do breast implants have to be replaced/ revised?
A. One of the most common reasons for revision is up-sizing – patient requesting larger breast implants.
B. Capsular contracture (abnormal scar tissue around an implant) resulting in hardening of the breasts and adverse changes in their shape.
C. Being able to feel/ see the edge of an implant, visible ripples, folds or creases (seen or felt) can all be indications for revision.
D. A shift in the position of implants from their original location (implant malposition) resulting in a wide gap/ poor cleavage, high riding implants or bottoming out (abnormal low lying position) with lack of support.
E. Droopiness of the native breast tissue resulting in the so-called “double-bubble” appearance.
F. Breast asymmetry (noticeable difference in size, shape or position)
G. Other indications for revision may include, unsatisfactory scars and/ or disproportionately large nipples.
The above indications for revision breast surgery may be related to the implant, the initial surgical technique or to problems with the breast tissue surrounding the implant. These might include a change in the volume of the breast tissue and/ or loss of skin elasticity. Factors contributing to this include ageing, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight variation, sun damage and smoking.
Please take the time to read more about the process below…