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Breast Implant Revision

Breast Implant Revision is also known as breast implant replacement. It is a cosmetic surgical procedure to revise or correct the aesthetic appearance of the breast resulting from the following: ruptured implants, unsatisfactory result of a breast augmentation, infection, implants that have rippled, rubbed or shifted, wrong implant size, hardening of implants, leakage of silicone implant, and deflation of saline implants.

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The Procedure
There are different procedures for different reasons in having a breast implant revision.
Rippling of Implant – The surgeon uses the same incision to reposition the implants in case the saline implants are still palpable and visible. The surgeon may also opt to change the kind of implant or place a new implant into a new breast pocket.
Changing of Implant Size – Still, the surgeon will use the same incision to remove and do the replacement of the implant. If one wants a bigger implant, the surgeon will make the pocket bigger or the space in the breast.
Hardening of the implant and capsule (capsular contracture) – Using the same incision, the surgeon will first remove the original implant and places a new one.
Implant displacement / malposition – To correct the position of the breast, the surgeon will alter the scar tissue from the capsule around the implant and recreate the pocket that will fit the right position using suturing procedures. The tissues will be utilized to reinforce the new implant pocket. The use of acellular dermal matric product for additional support may also be used.
Risks and Complications
These are rare and often only temporary, however, they may include:

  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to anaesthetic
  • Bruising
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • May need more procedures done
  • Displacement of implants
  • Capsular contracture
  • Rupture of implants
  • Rippling of implants
  • Altered breast sensation
  • Leakage
  • Haematoma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. How is the recovery time after a breast implant revision?

A. There will be bruising, swelling and a change in skin sensitivity that may last for a couple of weeks.

Q. How long does the procedure last?

A. It will take between one and three hours depending on the procedure, technique and the patient’s anatomy and health.

Q. Who are good candidates to undergo the breast implant revision procedure?

A. Those who need a breast implant revision, are aged over the age of 18, in good health and psychologically stable.

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