If you have small breasts and you desire you get bigger and shapelier ones, you may consider the breast augmentation surgery. The procedure involves the use of implants or your body fat to deliver you the desired aesthetic improvements. After the surgery, your breasts will appear bigger, shapelier, fuller, and projected. While the breast augmentation surgery provides effective outcomes, some factors may trigger the need for breast augmentation revision surgery.
Breast augmentation revision surgery is performed to treat any shortcomings after the original surgery and to treat any aesthetic flaws that may arise after the first procedure. The revision surgery is a complete operation just like the initial breast augmentation. It involves the use of anesthesia and entails many risks.
Breast augmentation surgery
To understand breast augmentation revision surgery, you need first to understand what the original breast augmentation involves and what may trigger the need for revision surgery.
The breast augmentation procedure is used to treat smaller, flatter, and poorly contoured breasts. Going by the beauty standards of today, women desire to have prominent, fuller, and shapelier breasts. The breasts indicate the femininity and physical beauty of women. As such, women are particularly sensitive about the aesthetics of their breasts.
There are two types of breast augmentation interventions: implant surgery and fat transfer. Implant surgery involves the insertion and placement of artificial implants to make the breasts bigger and shapelier.
Breast implants are made of a silicone shell that is filled with a silicone gel or saline solution. The implants come in different sizes and shapes. What type, size, and shape of breast implant is best for you depends on the aesthetic flaws in your breasts and your expectations from the surgery.
Breast implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The doctor places incisions on the breasts, inserts and puts the implants into them, and then sutures and closes the incisions. The implants make your breasts look bigger, projected and shapelier.
On the other hand, the fat transfer surgery involves the use of your body fat to deliver you the desires aesthetic outcomes. If you have enough excess fat in your body, you may qualify for this surgery. The excess fat is removed from the body areas like the abdomen, sides, and flanks and then injected into the breasts. It makes the breasts look fuller, shapelier, and projected.
Need for breast augmentation revision surgery
In most cases of breast augmentation (whether implant surgery or fat transfer), the results are useful and long-lasting. The results also depend on how well the operation has been performed. If you have chosen a highly experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery, chances are the final results will be effective, reliable, and sustainable.
However, specific factors can still trigger the need for a revision surgery no matter how experienced and qualified the plastic surgeon is. The common factors that can make a revision surgery necessary include the following:
– Implant rupture or leak
The breast implants are subject to ruptures and leaks. The implants would ultimately age and either rupture or leak, which will trigger the need for revision surgery. Implant manufacturers state that their implants have a life of 10 years; however, most breast implants last for more than ten years. However, they will ultimately rupture or leak after 10, 15, or 20 years.
When the rupture or leak happens, the patient will be required to undergo a breast augmentation revision surgery. During the operation, the doctor will remove the ruptured or leaked implants. If the patient desires to get new implants, the surgeon will replace the ruptured implants with newer ones.
– Capsular contracture
Capsular contracture is another factor that can trigger the need for revision surgery after breast augmentation via implants. After the implant surgery, you will get scar tissues on your breasts. There is a risk the scar tissue may start to continuously contract, which will squeeze the implant and create pain for the patient. This condition is called capsular contracture.
In order to treat capsular contracture, the patient is required to undergo the breast augmentation revision surgery. During the procedure, the doctor will surgically remove the scar tissue and breast implants. The patient can opt to get new implants if she so desires in the future.
– Infection of the implants
Infection after implant surgery is a common problem. However, when the disease spreads to the implants, it can become life-threatening and create many health complications. To treat an infected implant, the doctor will recommend a breast augmentation revision surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the infected implants and disinfect the implant pocket and surrounding areas. You can choose to get new implants some months after the revision surgery.
– Fat absorption by your body
If you have augmented your breasts via fat transfer, there is a risk your body may end up re-absorbing some of the fat injected into your breasts. There is also a risk the fat injected has not been properly processed. This can lead to aesthetic deficiencies. For example, if the fat has been carelessly extracted or processed, the fat cells will ultimately die, which will shrink your breasts.
To make up for the lost fat, the patient must undergo a breast augmentation revision surgery. During the procedure, the doctor will remove more fat from different areas of your body and inject it into your breasts.
– Persistent pain and discomfort
After the breast augmentation surgery, the patient may experience pain and discomfort. If the pain and discomfort continue for a protracted period, it indicates serious complications. In some cases of persistent pain and discomfort, the patient will be required to undergo revision surgery.
– General dissatisfaction with the results
After the breast augmentation surgery, you may feel like your aesthetic goals have not been entirely achieved or your expectations have not been met. For example, you may feel like your breasts have become too large or are still small. In such a case, you may consider a revision surgery. During the operation, the doctor will remove the existing implants and replace them with suitable ones. If you have undergone fat grafting, the doctor will either remove some fat from the breasts or inject more fat into the breasts to deliver you the desired outcomes.
– Change of aesthetic preferences
After the breast augmentation surgery, you may experience changes in your aesthetic preferences. For instance, you may think your breasts are too large or too small. Revision surgery can be used to make the changes and satisfy your changed aesthetic preferences.
– Implant displacement
The breast implants are placed in a pocket created under or above the pectoral muscle. In rare cases, the implants may get out of their pockets and get displaced. To put the implants back in place, the patient will be required to undergo revision surgery.
How is the revision surgery performed?
Breast augmentation revision surgery is performed under general anesthesia. After administering the anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will start the operation. If you got implants, the surgeon will open the original incisions and access the implants. What happens during the surgery will depend on the problem you are facing.
If the implant has ruptured or is leaking, the doctor will remove and replace the existing implants with new ones. In case of capsular contracture, the doctor will remove the implant along with the scar tissue. Also, if an infection has triggered the revision surgery, the surgeon will remove the infected implants and disinfect the area. The implant will be placed 6 months later. The proceedings depend on the factor that triggered the revision operation.
If you underwent fat transfer to augment your breasts, the plastic surgeon will extract more fat from different areas of your body and then inject the fat in the breasts after processing. It will help make up for the lost or absorbed fat and restore the aesthetic features of your breasts.
Breast augmentation revision surgery is a major and invasive procedure. It entails all the risks associated with the original intervention, and the patient has to go through a complete recovery process after the surgery.
Even though breast augmentation surgery has an impressive record of delivering effective and sustainable outcomes, there are still many factors that can necessitate revision surgery. The most common of those factors have been discussed above. What the operation will involve depends on the precise factor that has triggered the need for revision surgery. The revision procedure involves many risks like the original surgery, and the patient has to go through a recovery process afterwards.
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