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.

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 matrix 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
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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Motiva Implants Motiva Breast Implants Address BIA-ALCL September 1, 2017 - There’s been a fair bit of media attention on breast implants and BIA-ALCL lately but there are some breast implant companies who are are already way in front when it comes to research and designing their implants to reduce chances of breast implant bacterial contamination therefore lowering the risk of BIA-ALCL. Spiran, who supply one of the latest generation implants, Motiva implants, talk to us about their unique breast implant design and their innovative strategies to help reduce the incidence of BIA-ALCL. The difference between implants Implants come in different designs. These differences include things like: Shell thickness (the outer layer protecting the gel/contents of the implant) Shell Surface (Nano Surface, Smooth, Micro-Textured, Macro-Textured) Amount of fill inside (this can affect what is known as the “rippling” factor) Cohesiveness (density of fill) Shape (round, teardrop, etc.) Size (B cup, GGG cup, etc.) Fill (saline, silicone or highly cohesive silicone – also known as “gummy bear” implants) It is the differences between the smooth and textured implants where the concern lies. A representative of Spiran clarifies, “A number of hypotheses have been put forth to explain the genesis of BIA-ALCL. Recent study findings have highlighted that higher surface area macro-textured implant […]
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Breast Augmentation, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Breast Augmentation, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding July 11, 2016 - With more women than ever undergoing breast augmentations and having breast implants; and the age of women undergoing such surgery including those of a much younger age, a frequent concern is whether or not you will be able to breastfeed after breast surgery, and what your implants and breasts might look like after breastfeeding if you’ve had an augmentation. Dr Craig Rubinstein from the Cosmetic Surgery for Women helps us to know what to be aware of when breastfeeding with implants. If you are young and considering a breast augmentation, breast reduction or implants, and want to have children in the future, you should definitely inform your surgeon of your desire to breastfeed. You’ll want to thoroughly discuss the various options in order to reduce the chances of your ability to breastfeed being compromised. Dr Rubinstein says, “Even without breast surgery, some women are simply unable to breastfeed. It is important to recognise that there’s no guarantee for breastfeeding capacity, but a great Surgeon will take every surgical precaution to not significantly impact the area of the breasts that are relevant to breastfeeding.” You can find various sources of information on the internet advising that breast augmentations and implants will […]
Dr Patrick Tansley Can Breast Implants Explode? Dr Patrick Tansley talks us through the answer… May 12, 2016 - The word explode means to “burst or shatter violently and noisily as a result of rapid combustion”. It gives us visions of a messy, brutal experience… something like out of a horror movie. This is not really what happens when breast implants rupture or “explode”. We look at this possible side effect of breast implants and exactly what does happen with the help of Dr Patrick Tansley MD FRCS (Plast), from North East Plastic Surgery, with clinics in Melbourne and Brisbane. Most of us remember the recall of silicone breast implants in France after one thousand of them ruptured. Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) was the company responsible for making the implants that ruptured and it was due to them being made with industrial-grade silicone instead of medical grade silicone. There were approximately 300,000 women (some reports say up to 400,000) around the world who had received the implants. Brazil actually took the action of banning any implants from PIP in their country. Many other countries advised women who had the implants to get them removed. France’s government offered French women to have them removed for free. The Australian government’s view was that the implants should only be removed if a […]
Do breast implants cause cancer? Do Breast Implants Cause Cancer? May 2, 2016 - It’s a scary topic, and one that’s come up before. Unfortunately, up to now, there has been no conclusive long term studies or data to prove a link between implants and cancer, or specifically Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphomal (ALCL), so the figures emerging that point to this link are to be monitored. It is still a controversial issue and whilst the number of cases being reported are still low, there are enough for us to take notice. Dr Tim Papadopoulos, President of The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says in a recent press release, “to date there have been 170 reports of women being affected with ALCL related to breast implants and the potential risk is stated to be one in a million women with breast implants.” However, this doesn’t taken into account that there are between 5 and 10 million women worldwide with breast implants; and there has certainly been no specific worldwide efforts to identify how many of these women have been diagnosed with ALCL so there is no way to identify if this figure is higher, or indeed lower. Regardless, the international medical community is starting to take notice and other countries are indeed now conducting […]
Crowd Funding main Crowdfunding for Plastic Surgery – what an eye opener! February 10, 2016 - Is the world going friggin crazy? Boob Job financing – where are you getting your money for your plastic surgery procedure? Plastic Surgery funded by strangers is the latest wave to float round the world. Crowdfunding for medical procedures otherwise unaffordable has been a popular way for the masses to contribute to a needy child requiring a new heart, or other worthwhile causes; however it has taken on a life of its own and you can now crowd fund almost anything – including your plastic surgery procedure. Social acceptance of this method of funding your boob job is definitely still out with the jury. The concerns lay with what expectations lie with the men (and yes, it is mostly men doing the donating and funding) have from the women they are financing. What do they want in return? The founder of one of the bigger and more established sites says it’s a completely safe environment where contact between donor and benefactor is limited to communication on the website so it is monitored. However, there have been reports from women from both sides of the story. Some have said they were approached to be involved in pornography movies or other mostly […]
Breast Augmentation Consult with Dr Scott Turner Breast Augmentation Questions Answered – a consult with Dr Scott Turner January 13, 2016 - Dr Turner: Hi Patient: Hi Scott Turner, I’m looking to get a breast augmentation, do you mind going through with me the different types of implants that you offer? Dr Turner: There’s multiple different types of implants, and when we look at implants we break it down to sort of a 5 or 6 different types? So, first thing we look at is the shape of the implants. The implants can typically be a round implant where the width and the heights the same, then you can adjust the different projection of the implants and that’s how we adjust the volume. Or they can be anatomical shaped or teardrop type implant where the top is more natural compared to a round one and there’s a lot more volume at the bottom. And with teardrop or anatomical implants we can adjust the width, the height and the projection differently so we have a bit more variability with the teardrop implant. Then when we’re looking at implants we’re looking at the substance of implants. Implants can typically contain silicone or they contain saline. Saline implants used to be used a lot especially when you’re concerned about the safety of the silicone. But […]
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