Breast implant revision is a procedure designed to alter breast implants from a previous breast augmentation procedure. One of the reasons that patients undergo breast implant revision is to address health concerns related to the implants. For example, some patients may have pain due to capsular contracture (the development of scar tissue due to breast implants), an implant rupture, or an implant leak.
That said, not all breast implants are completed due to health concerns. There are many other reasons why patients undergo breast implant revisions, and most of them relate to cosmetic preferences or comfort.
Here are the top, non-health-related reasons for breast implant revision:
Change the Type of Implant
Patients may undergo breast implant revision to switch from saline implants to silicone implants or from silicone implants to saline implants. These two types of breast implants have distinct differences, and patients may benefit from making a switch.
The benefits of saline implants include:
- Minimal scarring
- No health risks if the implant ruptures
The benefits of silicone implants include:
- A natural feel that’s more similar to a real breast
- Lower risk of rupture than saline implants
The benefits that both saline and silicone implants provide are:
- Tighter, lifted, and more youthful-looking breasts
- Improvement to the look of the breasts without necessarily altering the size
- Immediate improvement to the breasts after the procedure
- Improved self-esteem and body image
Achieve a More Natural Look
Sometimes, women choose to undergo breast implant revision because they’re seeking a more natural appearance. If a patient finds that her existing breast implants don’t look or feel as natural as she would like, she can work with a plastic surgeon to complete a revision. This revision will be focused on producing results that appear more similar to real breasts.
Change the Breast Implant Size
Cosmetic goals and preferences can change over time. Some patients go through breast implant surgery to increase or decrease the size of their implants. Altering the size of the breasts can help patients achieve optimal proportions or achieve greater comfort if the breast implants are uncomfortably large. This reason may also apply if a patient isn’t satisfied with the size of their initial implants and wants to alter them to get the desired result.
Lift the Breasts
Breast tissue naturally loses elasticity and sags over time. If patients notice that breast tissue has started to droop over the existing breast implants, they may opt for breast implant revision surgery to achieve a more lifted appearance.
Breast Implant Revision from Watt Plastic Surgery
The mini lift technique developed by Dr. Watt at Watt Plastic Surgery enhances the results of breast implant revision. Using GalaFORM mesh, Dr. Watt creates an internal bra to lift and support the implant. The mesh dissolves in about a year and is replaced by the patient’s naturally-produced collagen. This technique enhances the longevity of breast implants and reduces the patient’s likelihood of requiring a future breast implant revision procedure. Contact us today to learn more!