Although my staff and I make every effort to ensure that patients at my Long Island breast surgery practice love the results of their procedure, every year I see several women who have had breast augmentation at another practice and are not happy with how their breasts look. A variety of situations can result in the need for breast implant revision surgery:
- A rupture: A saline implant, if ruptured, will deflate rapidly. Although the body safely absorbs the saline solution, the deflation causes an asymmetrical appearance. Silicone gel implants also may rupture, but their rupture may not be immediately apparent. A mammogram or MRI may be needed to detect a rupture in a silicone gel filled implant. In either case, I can replace the ruptured implant with a similar type. Some women take this opportunity to replace both implants with newer models.
- Undesirable initial results: Women may be unhappy with their initial augmentation for several reasons. Their breasts may appear asymmetrical, they may be experiencing capsular contracture, or they may have unattractive implant wrinkling or rippling. I use my experience and specialized training and experience to perform revision breast surgery, providing them with the firm, shapely, symmetrical breasts they wanted from the start.
- Other factors: Gravity, time, and life changes such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or breast-feeding may cause the breasts to sag and droop. In such cases, breast revision surgery also may offer a way to achieve natural-looking, beautiful breasts.