Breast implants or a breast lift can enhance your figure and self-confidence. But, if you are not completely satisfied with the look and feel of your breasts after breast augmentation surgery or reconstruction, the solution may be breast implant revision.
Breast implant revision involves removing old silicone implants and replacing them with new ones. Also called breast implant replacement, this procedure is not uncommon; implants are long-lasting, but they aren't guaranteed to last a lifetime
While relatively rare, complications from the initial surgery can include asymmetry, capsular contracture (tightening or hardening of scar tissue) or discomfort extending past the typical recovery period. Breast implant replacement can improve or change your breasts' appearance and correct any complications which may have developed.
As one of the best plastic surgeons serving the greater Baltimore, MD area and beyond, Dr. Adam Basner is committed to achieving the results you desire from your breast augmentation surgery. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Sinai Hospital and consistently recognized as a Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine. Schedule a breast implant revision consultation today by calling 410-616-3000. Our Baltimore area practice serves patients from Columbia, Owings Mills, Towson and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Reasons to Consider Breast Implant Revision
Dissatisfaction with the results of a procedure can be stressful. A breast implant revision is the best way to address your concerns if you are not happy with the look or feel of your breasts after breast augmentation surgery or reconstruction.
You may consider breast implant replacement if you want to correct:
- Tightening and hardening of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
- Breast asymmetry amplified or caused by implant placement
- Implant malposition
- Implant rippling
- Undesired implant shape or size
- Deflated, ruptured, or leaking implant
- Breast tissue changes due to age, weight loss or gain, or pregnancy
It is essential to know that aesthetic and medical concerns are not always the result of a poorly executed breast surgery. You might experience changes to your breasts' appearance and feel even if your initial breast implant procedure was performed flawlessly. Silicone implants are not lifetime devices, and it is advised that you get regular breast exams and look for signs that it may be time for breast implant revision.
Breast Implant Revision Candidates
Many women are unsure if it’s time for a change. You may be an ideal candidate for breast implant replacement if:
- You want to change the shape, size or material of your implants.
- You are experiencing breast pain or discomfort related to your implants.
- You are worried about the integrity of your implants
- You are in good general health
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a nonsmoker or are willing to quit to facilitate healing
If you are experiencing an issue related to your breast implants, you are likely a candidate for breast implant revision. Baltimore-based plastic surgeon Dr. Basner will discuss your concerns, goals, relevant medical information and other factors to determine if a breast implant replacement can meet your needs. Schedule an in-person consultation to learn what is appropriate for your unique situation.
What to Expect From Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Dr. Basner and his team will walk you through every step, pre- and post-surgery. For your comfort and convenience, Dr. Basner often performs breast implant revision surgery from one of our two on-site operating rooms. These fully accredited, Medicare-certified ambulatory surgical suites allow you to have your procedure completed in a private setting that meets the highest safety standards.
Breast implant revision is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The procedural steps involve removing the current implants and replacing them with new ones. However, the specifics of your breast implant replacement will vary based on the concerns you wish to address.
For example, breast implant revision to correct asymmetry will involve unique surgical steps. Those steps may include changing the size of one or both implants or adjusting a surgical breast pocket that is too large or too small. Dr. Basner may also need to modify the placement of your implants to ensure that your breasts appear even. To get an idea of what it looks like, view Dr. Basner's before and after gallery of breast asymmetry and breast revision patients.
It is natural for a tissue capsule to form around a breast implant. However, some women develop a capsule that is abnormally tight, hard or dense. Known as capsular contracture, this condition can lead to discomfort, shifting, distortion and asymmetry. Thankfully, Dr. Basner can correct capsular contracture by placing Strattice™ during a breast revision procedure.
Strattice™ is a biocompatible surgical mesh that reinforces weak or damaged tissue. It creates an internal scaffolding that supports the breast implant revision and helps prevent future complications.
While specifically beneficial for treating capsular contracture, Dr. Basner's Strattice™ technique can repair various other concerns, such as a breast implant that has bottomed out or visible wrinkling and rippling. During your consultation, he will talk to you about including Strattice™ in your surgical plan.
Learn More About Breast Implant Revision in Baltimore
Learn how this surgery can meet your needs by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Basner in Baltimore. Breast implant revision is an ideal option for correcting asymmetry, malpositioning, capsular contracture and other related concerns. Our Baltimore area practice welcomes patients from Columbia, Owings Mills, Towson, and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Check out patient reviews for Dr. Basner to see what people have to say. Call 410-616-3000 or contact us today!