With breast implant surgery, silicone and saline implants are used to add some volume to existing breast tissue. Breast implant revision will then address any concerns with the procedure, such as you not being satisfied with the final breast size results, or perhaps potential implant malfunction; this kind of issue can occur when patients did not follow post-op instructions. Read our guide on breast implant revision below.
What Is Breast Implant Revision?
This normally involves replacing the silicone or saline implants so that the size can be altered, correct any complications, or even change the type. The final result should leave the patient feeling more confident with the revised breast contour.
Will It Be Right For Me?
No matter what the skill set is of your surgeon, breast implants can still change over time. You may find that sagging has occurred due to aging, or pregnancy has changed their shape. Perhaps you have experienced weight fluctuations or implant rupture. All of these kind of issues may lead to you thinking about replacing them with a different style or size. Of course, you will need to be in good health for consideration of revision.
What Are The Options?
There will be a number of styles and sizes available for implant revision, which are based on the implant’s filling:
Silicone implants: These implants are filled with an elastic gel and often require a longer incision. If you they are unfortunate to leak they will not be absorbed into the body, so you will require checkups on a regular basis, along with MRIs every few years to ensure they are ok. There are also cohesive gel implants which basically consist of a thicker gel.
Saline implants: These implants are filled with sterile salt water, and if these leak they will deflate while the body absorbs the saline. The saline consists of two types: single lumen and double lumen. The double lumen version has an internal shell which helps maintain a better shape.
Both of these versions can be shaped, or rounded, smooth or textured, to suit your style and choice.
How Do I Choose The Right Size?
If you are unhappy with the size of your breast implants, you can change them for either larger or smaller ones, by discussing your options with your surgeon. You should note that size will need to be taken into consideration. You will have to measure the size of how your breast sits on your chest so that the correct width can be measured. Then there will be only a few sizes that will fit you correctly. One way to determine the correct size for yourself is to fill some zip lock plastic bags with rice and wear them in your bra for a few days. This way you can determine if both the weight and size is right for you, so when you return for breast implant revision, you will know what size you want.
What Final Results Can I Expect?
Once everything has settled, and swelling has gone down, you should expect a full, shapely chest that will make you feel confident in yourself. You should make sure you monitor the implants to make sure everything is fine, simply by standing in front of a mirror.