Breast implant revision surgery is a procedure performed on previous breast augmentation patients to correct problems associated with breast implants. Complications which may require revision can include malposition in which one or both implants are positioned too high, too low, too close together or too far apart; capsular contracture, in which scar tissue which naturally forms around the implant contracts and squeezes the implant; implant rupture; and implant deflation. Candidates for surgery include healthy women who have previously undergone breast augmentation and are having problems associated with their breast implants.
Dr. Paul Vitenas performs breast implant revision at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, which was voted one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. The Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is conveniently located in Houston, Texas, near Friendswood, Pearland and Clear Lake. The surgery typically takes one to three hours to complete and is most often performed with general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
The incision for breast implant revision will vary depending on the particularly patient and the complications being addressed. During the procedure Dr. Vitenas removes the breast implants, corrects the breast tissue, removes scar tissue, and recontours the breast pockets before replacing the new implants. In many cases, acellular dermal matrix products like Strattice may be used as these have been shown to dramatically improve revision breast surgery in repairing and preventing capsular contracture and implant malposition. Drains may also be placed if needed.
Types of Breast Implant Problems
Bottoming Out & Stretch Deformity
Lengthened nipple-to-fold distance due to skin stretching, resulting in the breast pocket that is lower than desired.
Inferior and Lateral Fold Malpositions
The inframammary fold or lateral fold is compromised, causing the breast pocket to migrate inferiorly or laterally.
Medial malposition due to weak tissue resulting in breasts too close together or even touching.
Wrinkling and Rippling
Presence of wrinkles, ripples, or irregular contours due to weak or thin tissue.
Misshapen, firm or painful breasts, which result from contracture of the capsule, may require capsulectomy.
Mastopexy Augmentation is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts.
Q – What is breast implant revision?
Breast implant revision is a surgical procedure performed on previous breast augmentation patients to correct problems associated with breast implants such as implant malposition, capsular contracture, implant rupture, and implant deflation.
Q – How do I know if I’m a candidate for breast implant revision?
If you have previously undergone breast augmentation and are experiencing problems such as implant malposition, implant rupture, implant deflation or capsular contracture, breast implant revision may be right for you.
Q – What kind of anesthesia will be used for my breast implant revision?
Breast implant revision surgery is typically performed with general anesthesia.
Q – What is the recovery time following breast implant revision?
Full healing following breast implant revision takes approximately 6 weeks. However, patients are often able to return to work within a few days to 1 week and can resume exercise within 2 to 4 weeks.