Breast Revision Surgery (Implant Replacement or Removal) – Houston, TX

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About Breast Revision Surgery

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States, and in most cases, it yields beautiful and natural outcomes. However, sometimes a woman can be unhappy with the results of her breasts and may require breast revision surgery. It is important to note that not all revision surgeries are due to doctor error. While there are a few surgeries that do end with a poor outcome, there are women who desire a different size implant while others may have a problem and ask to have the breast implant revised or taken out altogether. In addition, there are some women who require revision surgery for a specific condition. Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV provides breast revision surgery and gives a thorough assessment at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery so that the right outcome is achieved.

Ideal Candidates

If you have any concerns (whether cosmetic or medical) about your breast implants, please schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Ellsworth to talk about your goals and to create your unique surgical plan. Whether it is scarring, breast sag, rippling, or unbalanced breasts, revision surgery can help repair the problem and create a more appealing and healthy outcome. This procedure can also help if you would like to change the size, implant styles, or address any other aspect of your breasts.

Common Reasons for Revision

Secondary breast augmentation either takes out an implant that is not working or functioning correctly or is no longer wanted. Breast revision surgery may also be performed to switch implant size or go from silicone to saline (or vice versa). There are a few other common cases in which a revision surgery is wanted.

Asymmetry

Asymmetry occurs when the breast implants look out of balance. This is because of a wrong size implant, or ptosis on one side, or another condition that can possibly cause asymmetry. A proper diagnosis would need to be made to determine what is causing the asymmetry, then surgery would be implemented to correct the condition, and finally, new implants would be inserted to attain a proportionate appearance.

Bottoming Out

Bottoming out is a condition that may happen when one or both breasts drop too low or "bottom out." In many cases, this is a positioning and placement error from the first surgery. To fix this, a new placement approach may be recommended. In some cases, tissue grafting will be needed, as well as a surgically produced pocket to hold the new implant. For most women, switching to a silicone implant will solve this problem.

Breast Size

There are times revision surgery is as simple as receiving a larger or smaller sized implant. With the original surgery, you may have chosen to go too small or big. A new breast implant size can be used to attain the desired outcome.

Capsular Contracture

This is the term used for an area of hardening because of scarring, occurring when the smooth tissue around the breast implant becomes hard and thickens. While breast implants do result in some internal hardening, most individuals will never realize this. In some cases, the scarring could change the implant placement, which could change the implant function and create an undesirable outcome. Scar removal surgery to remove scarring would be needed.

Implant Rippling

Rippling occurs when there are noticeable lines and ripples beneath the skin. This condition generally forms around the edge of the implant. Rippling is more common in females who are relatively thin. Often, this condition can be repaired by simply changing to a silicone implant.

Implant Rupture

Although this is rare, implant rupture may occur. If a saline breast implant ruptures, deflation will take place rather quickly. Therefore, a visible change will occur. On the other hand, if an implant made of silicone ruptures, it is only caught through an MRI. In either case, if a rupture happens, a revision treatment will be needed.

Symmastia

This condition happens when implants are positioned too close together. In most cases, this is because the implant selected was the wrong shape, size, and width. A secondary procedure will correct this issue by selecting an implant that is acceptable to your body type and looks balanced.

What to Expect

After your surgery and an observation period, you will be sent home to start your recovery. The overall recovery varies based upon the complexity of your surgery. Any type of revision that requires grafting or complex reconstruction will incur a longer recovery, which may take up to several months. You should begin to see your results once the swelling begins to disappear. Dr. Ellsworth or a member of his team will go over what is normal during your recovery, as well as suggestions to help speed your healing. You should attend follow-up appointments as directed so Dr. Ellsworth can assess your recovery and results.

Change Your Mind

Breast implant revision surgery by Dr. Ellsworth is a custom treatment tailored for your individual problem. If you're displeased with your breast implants or want a different outcome, we welcome you to contact our Houston, TX office to book your appointment at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery. There are many factors to think about, and we will provide you with a full physical examination, create your revision recommendations, and help set realistic goals and expectations.

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