While most women are happy with their breast augmentation results, The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery often treats women who have had a breast augmentation elsewhere and are now experiencing complications or are disappointed with their results. There is a misconception that women can only consider breast revision after having unfavorable results from their first breast augmentation, but this is not the only reason. There are also other medical and cosmetic reasons why Austin women may consider breast revision.
- Implants have ruptured or “deflated.” The manufacturers of breast implants state that these devices aren’t intended to last a lifetime. Despite this, many patients go their whole lives without having any complications. As implants age, the shell becomes softer and less resilient. Over time, this may result in a break in the shell and leakage of the contents. An implant can also rupture from trauma. Both saline and silicone can rupture, but it is easier to tell with a saline implant. Silicone implants often maintain their shape even if they’re damaged.
- You’re experiencing capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is a complication that develops when internal scar tissue forms a tight capsule around a breast implant, causing it to become misshapen or hard. As a result, the breast may feel painful or stiff, and the capsule may affect the appearance or shape of the breast. Symptoms usually emerge slowly and can eventually cause discomfort.
- Your implants are malpositioned. Whether your implants are too high, too low, too far apart, or too close together, malposition can be caused by a number of things. Sometimes implants move on their own after surgery. Malpositioning can also occur if your surgeon originally placed them incorrectly.
- Your breasts have wrinkling or rippling. Rippling occurs during the initial recovery process. Surgery can be performed to position your implants a bit differently in order to reduce it. Most of the time, rippling can be felt along the outer side of the breast and the inner side, near the cleavage. It can be caused by overfilling or underfilling the breast implant, as well as poor tissue coverage.
- You are unhappy with the size. Sometimes, even after a thorough consultation and careful consideration, your implants do not turn out to be the size you want. You must wait at least 6 months after your initial surgery before you can pursue a revision. This gives your implants time to “settle” into their final positions.
If you are experiencing one of these issues or have questions about breast revisions, contact our team online or give us a call at (512) 288-8200. We are happy to discuss your options and help you reach your aesthetic goals.