Breast Implant Revision
Breast Implant Revision is for those who have had breast augmentation and have developed problems, or are unhappy with the results.
Primary breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures done in Australia, and most patients get an excellent result and are happy with their outcome for many years. Unfortunately, all breast implants have a limited lifespan, and eventually need to be replaced.
With modern surgical techniques and implants, we aim for this to only need to be done every 15 to 20 years, however a small number of woman will require earlier revision surgery for a range of reasons. This surgery is generally more complicated than the initial insertion surgery, and needs to be done by an expert plastic surgeon.
Most woman prefer to have the problem corrected, and continue having implants, though in some circumstances it may be better to definitively remove the implants.
The reasons for needing breast implant revision vary. Some of these are avoided by careful planning before first having your implants inserted, others are inevitable with the passage of time and eventual weakening of the implant.
Reasons for requiring breast implant revision include:
- Dissatisfaction with implant size (usually too small) – this is the commonest reason for revision surgery in the first 2 years, and is mostly avoided by careful planning before your initial breast augmentation
- Dissatisfaction with the results of previous surgery
- Problems with the implant, i.e. hardening, leakage, deflation or rupture
- Complications with contracture or infection
- Implant has shifted, rubbed, rippled or wrinkled
This surgery can improve physical comfort due to relief from complications like capsular contracture and improper implant positioning. It can also improve the cosmetic appearance of the breasts by removing scar tissue or repositioning the implant. The previous implant is usually replaced with a new one that may be a different size, shape, or texture.
Dr. Merten performs breast implant revision surgery in fully accredited hospitals, with the assistance of a consultant anesthetist. Generally an overnight hospital stay is required although day surgery may be suitable for more limited procedures. Recovery depends on the individual patient and you will be advised in detail about this prior to the procedure.
As part of the recovery you may experience swelling and bruising for several weeks as well as over or under sensitive skin. Although rare, complications such as scarring and infection may result from revision breast augmentation. Dr. Merten employ extensive measures to ensure complications are minimised.