Breast Implant Revision in Naples, FL
Breast augmentation surgery is an extremely satisfying surgical procedure for women. However, patients must realize that breast implants are not permanent lifelong devices and most women will eventually pursue breast implant revision surgery at some point in their lives. Aesthetic Surgery Center of Naples specializes in breast implant revision surgery.
Patients may desire to change the volume of the implants, treat capsular contracture caused by abnormal scar tissue around the implants, fix asymmetries that have occurred over time, or simply to remove the implants once and for all.
Whatever your reason, Dr. Holmes will thoughtfully design a surgical plan to address your goals.
Is Breast Implant Revision Surgery right for me?
Although some women may keep their breast implants permanently, the majority of women who have breast implants desire revision surgery at some point in their lives. There are many reasons women seek revision surgery. These include capsular contracture, rupture or leaking of the implant, changes in the shape or size of a woman’s breast tissue, desire to change the implant volume or type (saline or silicone), correction of a double bubble deformity or synmastia (lack of normal separation between the breasts), visible rippling, or simply to remove the implants.
Capsular contracture occurs when abnormal scar tissue forms around an implant, causing the breasts to feel hard and look distorted. Although, it is a natural and normal process for a woman to form a capsule around her implants, in some women these capsules can abnormally thicken causing the contracture. Dr. Holmes addresses this problem by removing the abnormal scar tissue and changing the implant pocket if needed.
In women who have had saline implants, implant rupture is easier to detect, because the breast becomes visibly smaller as the body absorbs the leaking saline. On the other hand, silicone implant rupture is more difficult to detect, however, many women feel a change in the implant or breast that may clue them to a problem. MRI or Ultrasound may help diagnose silicone implant rupture. Regardless of the type of implant, once ruptured it is important to replace the implant. Each of the breast implants manufacturers will replace your implants at no cost, depending on the amount of time that has passed since your original surgery. Some may even help cover surgical costs to replace the implants.
Changes in Breast Shape:
Over time, despite the placement of breast implants, a woman’s own breast tissue may change shape and size as the result of pregnancies and breastfeeding, normal aging, or fluctuations in weight. As this occurs, the placement of the implants and overlying breast tissue may appear aesthetically unpleasing as the breasts appear saggy and are no longer centered over the implant. Depending on the amount of skin laxity of the breasts, this can be remedied by either placing larger implants or performing a breast lift. During your consultation with Dr. Holmes, he will carefully assess your anatomy and devise a surgical plane that is unique for you.
Double bubble occurs in rare situations and can be avoided by precise surgical technique. A double bubble deformity occurs when an implant slips below the normal under the crease of the breast, creating an unnatural result. This deformity can be difficult to treat but can be done through changing the implant pocket position or the use of acellular dermal matrices (also called slings), which are often used in breast reconstruction.
As with double bubbles, synmastia rarely occurs when the precise surgical technique is used. Synmastia is when there is no normal separation between the breasts. Changing the implant pocket position and use of acellular dermal matrices (also called slings) are surgical techniques used by Dr. Holmes to remedy this problem.
Rippling occurs when surface irregularities of the implant can be seen through the skin. This is most common with saline implants and can occur due to underfilling of the saline implant or thinning of the skin. Changing implants from saline to silicone, changing to a totally submuscular pocket are solutions, or a combination of these techniques help treat rippling.
Techniques for Breast Implant Revision
There are many ways revision surgery may be performed, and it must be customized to the patient. In some cases, Dr. Holmes will need to remove scar tissue from capsular contracture before replacing the implants. Revision surgery may also involve a breast lift, implant exchange, pocket change, or use of slings. Dr. Holmes will help you through the many decisions that must be made to create a tailored surgical plan that will give you the results you are looking for.
Most patients find that the recovery process is easier than it was during the first surgery. As with any other breast surgery, some bruising and discomfort is to be expected in the first few days after surgery. However most patients find that the recovery process is easier than after their first surgery, as space already exists in the tissue for the implants and then muscle don’t need to be stretched. The only exception is if the implant position is changed to under then muscle for the first time, which usually results in a recovery process similar to breast augmentation.
Breast Implant Revision FAQs
If you live in the state of Florida, Aesthetic Surgery Center offers breast implant revision among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.
Why choose Aesthetic Surgery Center
Dr. Anurag Agarwal, M.D., F.A.C.S.
- Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
- Received his Doctor of Medicine at Philadelphia’s MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in 1999 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
- In 2016, Dr. Agarwal was honored at the annual American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery national meeting.
Richard W. Maloney, M.D., F.A.C.S.
- Certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
- Served as chief investigator for numerous laser application systems for CO2, Argon, Nd:YAG, ER:YAG and Krypton lasers used in Facial surgery.
- Fellow American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons
- Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Attended medical school at UNMC (University of Nebraska Medical College).
- Was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
- Member of The Aesthetic Society, the Florida Medical Association, and Collier County Medical Society.
- General surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL
- Plastic surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida
Related Procedures: Breast Augmentation, Breast Asymmetry, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Breast Reconstruction, Male Breast Reduction