Common Reasons for Revision Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is undoubtedly one of the most gratifying plastic surgery procedures. There have been numerous studies that support the premise that women experience improved self-confidence, enhanced self image, better fitted clothing, greater enjoyment in social activities and intimacy. Yet, every so often a woman becomes dissatisfied with their breast augmentation results. The reasons include:

Weight Fluxuations: Weight gain may enlarge the breasts to cause sagging as well as the increased size. Weight loss may reduce the size of the breasts and contributes to breast rippling. Weight fluxuations contribute to an aged appearance of the breasts.

Pregnancy: Pregnancy enlarges the breasts. Following pregnancy, the breasts may appear smaller. Breasts may have stretch marks, droopiness or sagging.

Breast Shape Change: Some women may desire to change the shape of their breasts.

Change from Saline to Silicone: Some women prefer silicone to saline for its natural feel since the FDA approval of silicone.

Increase Breast Size: Some women have the desire to increase breast size, even though plastic surgeons take precautions to avoid revision breast augmentation for the purpose of increased size.

Silicone Upgrade: Women who have silicone breast implants may desire to change their breast implants seven to fifteen years following the initial breast augmentation procedure. They may desire this to avoid the risk of silicone leakage in aged breast implants or wish for the newer improved silicone implants.

Breast Augmentation Complications: Rarely, women interested in revision breast augmentation experience complications that require the replacement of the breast implants. These complications may include, but does not necessarily mean that the breast implants must be replaced: capsular contracture, bottoming out, symmastia and necrosis.

Dissatisfied with the Initial Breast Augmentation: Some women may be otherwise unhappy with the results of breast augmentation. Some women are concerned about breast asymmetry. Other women become concerned about breast sagging should the implant they selected be too large. Some women experience breast sagging naturally over time and request revision breast surgery.

The good news is that revision breast surgery may not be as invasive as the first breast augmentation procedure. The breast pocket has already been dissected. Plastic surgeons may enter through original incisions made under the breast crease for revision breast surgery. In many cases, the breast implants may be slipped in and out easily. In some cases, a breast lift may be all that is needed to improve the appearance of the breasts. Revision breast augmentation may be a reality for some women, but does not necessarily equate to the same technique or recovery time associated with the initial breast augmentation procedure. Certain plastic surgeons focus on revision breast augmentation and are keenly familiar with techniques to limit invasiveness and enhance recovery.

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