When to Seek Breast Implant Revision

When to Seek Breast Implant Revision

At my Tallahassee-area plastic surgery practice, I frequently perform breast augmentation revision procedures for women who didn’t receive optimal results from their original breast augmentations. A breast revision is a highly specialized procedure that must be tailored to fit to each patient.

If you’ve been considering a breast revision surgery, you may be wondering how to know if you’re ready. Here are a few of the common complications that breast revision surgery can address:

  • Capsular contracture: Occasionally, an excess of scar tissue can accumulate, causing capsular contracture. This condition causes augmented breasts to feel hard and uncomfortable. There are different degrees of capsular contracture, and we can help you decide where yours measures and whether it requires surgical intervention. Surgery to treat capsular contracture generally involves repositioning the implant to a submuscular (under the muscle) location.
  • Rippling: More common in subglandular (over the muscle) augmentations or with saline implants, rippling is a term used when the implant’s shell can be seen or felt beneath the skin. Revisionary surgery to address rippling may involve replacing the implants with a different material or repositioning them to a submuscular location.
  • Bottoming out: When an implant drops lower than its original location, it’s sometimes called “bottoming out.” An implant may only migrate slightly, or it may drop below the breast crease, causing an unnatural appearance. Though bottoming out can be corrected with breast lift surgery, each case is unique and requires careful evaluation by a surgeon.

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