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Breast Implant Revision and Exchange Options

Breast Implant Revision

Breast implant exercises. That might sound odd at first, but the science is sound. Part of your recovery from breast implant surgery, in fact, involves following an exercise regimen designed to help prevent internal scarring and keep the implants correctly positioned.

However, despite your best efforts, it is always possible that, over time, your breast implants will move or fail to live up to your expectations. If they begin to disappoint, perhaps it’s time to consider revision surgery.

Who Is a Candidate for a Breast Implant Revision?

One of the more common reasons for considering more surgery can be seen on the many websites dedicated to celebrity plastic surgery mishaps — malposition. In other words, the implants inserted by the surgeon moved around and resulted in the breasts being either lopsided (one higher than the other), too far apart, or even too close together.

Even small variances can make themselves apparent in a bikini; most natural, non-enhanced breasts are slightly non-symmetrical, but when an implant slips, it’s very noticeable.

When this happens, breast implant revision surgery is usually the only way to correct it, and, depending on the extent of the issue, will be every bit as complex as the original surgery, with all the attendant downtime and post-operative exercise regime that comes with it.

There’s another common reason to have a revision: capsular contracture. All this means is that naturally forming scar tissue is compressing the implants, causing discomfort and possibly misshapen implants. Keeping the pocket open and free of scar tissue can be achieved by following the aforementioned exercise regime, particularly important during the early portion of the recovery period.

Possibly the most worrying for patients, but least common reasons for a revision, is the rupture or deflation of the implants. In other words, for one reason or another, the implants have shrunk. A visible reduction in size is usually a sign that the implants are losing fluid — either saline or the more modern silicone gel — and need to be replaced.

Although neither substance is harmful, the resulting shrinkage is usually unwanted, and exchanging the old implants for new ones is a welcome and straightforward procedure.

Can I Get New Implants?

There are other reasons for wanting new implants. For instance, many women who have previously had saline-based implants are now opting for the more natural look and feel of silicone implants.

The procedure is known as a breast implant exchange, and, exactly as the name implies, it requires swapping the old implants for new ones. Women can also use the exchange as a way to take advantage of more modern shapes since, as implants have become more popular, the choice of size, shape, and style have increased in range.

(While some silicone implants have inspired reassessments in Europe, it cannot be stressed enough that the substance used to fill the implant is perfectly safe, even if they do rupture — something which is extremely rare.)

For those whose oversized breasts are causing health problems associated with the additional weight — back ache, for example can be quite common — the breast implant exchange procedure offers the possibility to go down a size, and re-shape the breasts to something more in line with your body type and lifestyle.

Working with Dr. Vitenas to determine the best size and shape for your breasts is an important part of the consultation process, and one which Dr. Vitenas and his team take exceptionally seriously. You can book your initial consultation at Houston based Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at (281) 484-0088. The team may also be contacted through their very informative website.