Breast Implant Revision
There are many reasons why a woman might decide to have a breast implant revision. Of course, all women’s breasts change with time and those with breast implants are no exception. After getting breast implants, gravity and weight changes will still play a role in how you look. If you have an older styles of breast implants, you might find that breasts become asymmetric, hard, or painful.
While the goal of a breast augmentation surgery is to achieve a natural, youthful breast shape, woman aren’t always pleased with the long-term results. The good news is that it’s never too early or too late for a change. If you are unhappy with your implants or just want a new look, we can help.
Whatever your reasons are, Dr Turner can transform your breasts. A breast implant revision at the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery will give you the look you’ve always wanted and restore your confidence.
Benefits of Breast Implant Revision Surgery
- Lift breasts have fallen too low or are sagging (waterfall deformity)
- Correct capsular contracture
- Move your implants from over the muscle to under the muscle
- Change of implant type (saline to silicone or vice versa)
- Fix malposition
- Remove a double bubble (extra crease on the bottom of the breast)
- Create a size change by going bigger or smaller
- Resolve a breast implant rupture
- Removal your breast implant
- Eliminate rippling (wrinkling) of the implant
- Correct symmastia
Common Issues with Breast Implants
Women often ask how long their breast implants are going to last and there’s no clear answer here. Breast implants don’t have an expiry date and, in fact, modern implants do feature a lifetime warranty from their manufacturer. That said, it is common to see women return to the plastic surgeon within 10 to 20 years.
While some women may enjoy their breast implants indefinitely, others may need to have a breast implant revision. There are a number of unexpected issues that can occur that result in women choosing to get a breast implant revision.
The need for breast implant revision is not strictly about breast implant issues, however. At our Sydney clinic, we see an unfortunate number of women who simply didn’t get good advice prior to their procedure. Of course, it’s imperative to get clear advice prior to getting breast implants. Rushing into things and choosing a breast implant that doesn’t suit your body can often lead to regret. Fortunately, you don’t have to just live with the results. Whatever your issue is, Dr Turner can help you get you the results you’ve always dreamed of having.
The surgical procedure necessary is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. It will depend on the reason for your revision. Some revision procedures are simple and others, like capsular contracture correction for example, are complex.
Dr Turner has years of experience working with women who have gotten unsatisfactory breast implants elsewhere. Whether the results simply weren’t what you expected or you’ve changed your mind, it’s never too late to make a change. If you are unhappy with your breast augmentation results, breast implant revision surgery at our Sydney clinic can be transformative.
Poor Aesthetic Outcome
A common issue, sometimes breasts don’t respond in a predictable way after surgery. Breast implants can settle into your body and look either too droopy or too rigid. Breast implant revision can transform your look and create a smooth and natural appearance.
The most common issue that occurs after a breast enlargement is capsular contracture. This is caused when a scar tissue forms around the implant. It is natural for scar tissue to form, however, there is a possibility of it thickening and creating a shell that is too hard and tight. For you, this means an unnatural stiffness to your breasts and possibly even breast pain.
There is no way to 100% guarantee that this complication will not occur. Even a perfectly executed breast augmentation can result in capsular contracture. It is important to note, however, that smokers have a rate of capsular contraction that is twice as high as those of non-smoking women. Additionally, those who have had capsular contraction are more likely to have capsular contraction again in the future.
While some women experience capsular contracture within a few months, other women might not experience the issue until 20 years later. Regardless of your timeline, the process can be easily reversed with a breast implant revision.
During the procedure, Dr Turner will remove the scar tissue from around the implant, reposition the implant, and replace the implant. This allows you to create a totally new look. You can choose an implant in a different shape, size, or texture that can be placed in a different location.
There is a good chance that your breast implants won’t last forever. It is likely that you will experience implant failure of some kind. If you develop a crack or tear in the outer shell of your implant, you will need to have a breast implant revision to fix it.
If the shell of your breast implant ruptures, you might find that your implants looks deflated or deformed. Women with saline implants will see an obvious change while those with silicone implants will likely see a milder change.
If you feel a change or discomfort, you will want to have your breast implants looked at by a professional. An MRI or ultrasound can assess the integrity of the implant shell and determine if your implant has ruptured.
While tears and cracks are fairly common, the risk of rupture is low. Fewer than 1% of women with modern silicone breast implants will face a ruptured breast implant.
Double Bubble Deformity
Known as double bubble, some women with breast implants develop a condition where there is a crease between the nipple and the breast crease. This happens when breast implants settle in underneath the natural breast fold.
There are a few causes of double bubble, include:
• Using breast implants that are too large for the breast
• Tuberous breast anomaly
• A short distance between the nipple and the inframammary fold
• A naturally tight inframammary fold
• Capsular contraction
Breast implant revision can be used to resolve double bubble. Dr Turner is an expert in this complex surgery and will be able to resolve the issue to give you natural looking breasts once again.
There is always a possibility that breast implants will move. They can shift up, down, in, or out. This can be the cause of an improper surgical technique. While Dr Turner creates a very precise pocket for the implant in order to avoid implant displacement, this is not always done perfectly by all surgeons.
Women who have their implants placed over the muscle (subglandular) have a higher risk of having their implants move downward, while implants placed under the muscle (submuscular) have increased odds of moving outward, with widening of the cleavage.
Symmastia – Kissing Implants
Symmastia is a condition where one or both breast implants move toward the breastbone. This creates a so-called “uniboob” look. This happens more often in subglandular implant placement procedures but it can potentially happen in any case. It can be caused by breast pocket over-dissection or a conditioned called pectus excavatum, where women have a depressed breastbone.
Breast implants placed in a submuscular pocket can develop animation deformity. This means that the breast implants move upward, outwards with contraction of the chest muscle and sometimes a ridge becomes visible on the lower aspect of the breast – window shading. This condition can be cause by excessive release of the chest muscle fibres.
Many women visit the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery because they’ve decided that they are unhappy with the size of their breast implants. Whether they are too big or too small, Dr Turner can create a beautiful look. With procedures that can enhance your cleavage, create width and volume, there is a perfect solution out there for you.
Implant Rippling / Palpability
Implant rippling happens when there’s not enough tissue coverage over your breast implant. This creates a wavy appearance, that is especially obvious when you lean over. Palpability, or implant rippling, can cause implants to look unnatural. This can be corrected by placing the new implant under the chest muscle for extra coverage, or thickening the overlying soft tissue by fat grafting.
Breast Implant Removal
Some women simply grow tired of their implants and that’s totally okay. Breast implant removal is always an option. When you come to the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery for a consultation, Dr Tuner will go over all of your options and make a recommendation to create the most natural look. While some women opt to just have their implants removed, many patients choose to do this in conjunction with a breast lift to restore a youthful and perky look.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Breast Implant Revision
The first step to establishing if you are a good candidate for breast implant revision surgery is to visit our Sydney clinic for a chat with Dr Turner. He will assess your health profile to look for key factors. The best candidates for breast implant revision surgery are non-smokers who close to their ideal weight, and in good health. If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Due to safety concerns, Dr Turner does not perform procedures on smokers.
If you are a smoker who wants to have a breast implant revision operation, you’ll need to quit smoking at least six weeks prior to the procedure. Of course, it is highly recommended that you stop smoking forever but, at minimum, you absolutely must commit to quitting for the six weeks before and after surgery (for a total of 12 weeks). This means being total nicotine free, with no patches, gum, or vaping.
The best candidates for breast implant revision surgery are those women who have are no longer happy with their implants, are experiencing discomfort, or have faulty breast implants. Whether your implants have changed in their appearance, are causing you discomfort, or you are just ready for a change, breast implant revision surgery might be right for you. Whether you have had your implants for 6 months or 16 years, you can always make a change to your implants.
What to Expect from Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Any surgical revision of breast implants is done under a general anaesthetic at an accredited Sydney hospital. It’s a simple and safe procedure that can be tailored to your exact needs and wishes.
The most commonly performed implant revision operation is implant replacement. In this case, the breast capsules and implants are removed and replaced with new implants. This operation utilises your previous incision point, which is located at the inframammary fold, to separate the existing breast implant capsule from the attached breast tissue and muscle. This allows Dr Turner to send a sample a pathologist to be checked under a microscope for the presence of bacteria or abnormal cells. The new implants are then inserted and the wounds are closed.
Breast Implant Revision Consultation
Scheduling a consultation with the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery is the first step in transforming your body. To ensure that you are comfortable and confident every step of the way, we lay out of detailed map of exactly what to expect at a consultation in our Sydney clinic.
When you come for a consultation, Dr Turner and his staff will:
- Explain the breast implant revision procedure to you
- Clearly discuss the potential risks of the procedure
- Provide an in-depth overview of how the surgery is performed
- Explain what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
- Provide a detailed cost breakdown and payment information
- Give you a chance to ask any questions that you have about the process
During your first visit to the Sydney office, Dr Turner will ask you about your breast health history as well as your family history to determine your suitability for breast surgery. He will then have a one-on-one talk with you about your expectations and your concerns.
Dr Turner will review the results of your previous breast augmentation and identify those areas which can be improved with a revision breast implant procedure. He will give you a breast exam to look for any potential abnormalities.
When Dr Turner feels confident that you are good candidate for the procedure, he will have an in-depth conversation with you about breast implant revision. He will discuss your breast implant revision operation, your expectations, and your concerns. The doctor will assess the quality of your breast skin, breast volume, and your weight and height. He will take routine pre-op photographs so that before and after photos are available for you and your medical records.
It’s key to remember that a consultation is not a commitment. Visiting the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery is an opportunity to learn about your options. After your conversation with Dr Turner, you can take your time to consider the options before deciding on a procedure.