Breast Revision in Las Vegas, NV

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About Breast Revision Surgery

Breast augmentation using implants is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures in America, and in many cases, it offers beautiful and natural outcomes. However, sometimes a woman can be unhappy with the results of her breasts and at some point may want breast revision surgery. It is important to note not all revision surgeries are due to practitioner error. While few breast augmentations do end with a poor outcome, there are individuals who want a different implant size while some may have a defect and ask to have the implant corrected or removed altogether. Furthermore, some women must have revision treatment for a particular condition. Our skilled specialists provide breast revision surgery after giving a thorough evaluation at Plastic Surgery Vegas so that a healthy and desired outcome is delivered.

Is breast revision for you?

If you have any issues (whether medical or aesthetic) about your breast implants, please schedule a consultative appointment with our team to talk about your goals and to create your custom plan for breast revision surgery. Whether it is scar tissue, drooping or sagging, ripples under the skin, or unbalanced breasts, revision surgery can help correct the deformity to achieve a more normal and healthy outcome. This procedure can also help if you want to change implant style, size, or address any other aspect of your breasts.

Reasons for breast Revision

Secondary breast augmentation either removes an implant that is not functioning properly or is no longer desired. Breast revision surgery may also be performed to change implant size or to go from silicone to saline (or vice versa). There are other common situations in which a revision treatment is needed.

Asymmetry

This condition occurs when the implants look out of balance. This may be due to incorrect implant size, or sagging or drooping on one side, or a different condition that would cause asymmetry. A physical examination would need to take place to determine what is causing the asymmetry, then a revision surgery would be needed to resolve the issue, and finally, a new set of breast implants would be positioned to attain a symmetrical result.

Bottoming Out

This is a condition that can happen when one or both implants "bottom out" or drop too low. In many cases, this is a placement issue from the original breast augmentation surgery. To modify this, a new placement technique may be considered. For some patients, tissue grafting most likely will be needed in addition to a surgically created pocket to hold the new implant. For many patients, switching to a silicone breast implant usually will solve this problem.

Breast Size

There are times revision surgery is as simple as getting a smaller or larger-sized implant. With the original surgery, you may have opted to go too conservative or gone a bit too large. A different breast implant size can be placed to attain the desired aesthetic goal.

Capsular Contracture

This is the term used for scar tissue, occurring when the delicate tissue that surrounds the breast implant becomes hard and thickens. While breast implants do result in some internal scar tissue, most women will never know. In some circumstances, the scarring could alter the implant placement, which may change the breast shape and create an undesirable outcome. Capsular contracture surgery to clean up and remove scarring would be recommended.

Implant Rippling

This condition occurs when you see noticeable lines and ripples under the skin. This deformity generally develops around the edge of the implant. Rippling is generally found in patients who are very thin. Many times, this condition can be corrected by simply changing to a silicone breast implant.

Implant Rupture

While this represents a small percentage of cases, breast implant rupture can occur. If a saline implant ruptures, the implant will deflate rather quickly. For this reason, a visible deflation will be noticeable. Meanwhile, if a silicone implant ruptures, it is only detected through an MRI. Either way, when a rupture happens, a second surgery will be needed.

Symmastia

This condition happens when implants are positioned too closely together. In most cases, this is because the implant selected was the incorrect shape, size, and width. A secondary procedure will repair this issue by utilizing an implant that fits your frame and looks pleasing to the eye.

after breast revision surgery

After your procedure and an observation period, you can go home to start your recovery. The overall recovery varies based upon the complexity of your surgery. A revision that needs grafting or complex reconstruction will have a longer recovery that may take up to several months. You should slowly start to see your results when the bruising and swelling start to disappear. Our team will go over what should be expected while you recover, as well as recommendations to help you heal faster. You should also schedule follow-up visits as directed so we can assess your healing and results.

breast revision FAQS

What about loose skin?
When you are having your implants removed or are changing to a significantly smaller size of implants, you may want to have excess skin removed as well. After hearing your goals and evaluating your current implants, we can discuss adding a breast lift to remove sagging skin. If you lose a significant amount of weight, become pregnant, or breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery, a revision combined with a lift can give you better results.

Will there be new scars?
Whenever possible, our surgeons will try to make incisions for revision surgery in the original augmentation incisions. However, if this is not possible, we will place the new incisions where they are least visible. Breast revision surgery typically uses a transaxillary incision (in the armpit), a periareolar incision (along the lower border of the areola), an inframammary incision (under the fold of the breast), or TUBA incision (through the belly button). Our surgical team will go over scar care instructions so your incisions heal smoothly and blend into your skin.

Do I have to change my implants?
While implants are long-lasting, they do require replacement eventually. After augmentation surgery, it's important to have your implants checked regularly so we can help you decide if your implants should be replaced. With so many advances in the medical field, you may prefer the new implant shapes and types to get a better look from breast revision surgery.

revise your look

Revision surgery for breast implants is a specialized procedure that is tailored to your individual needs. If you are not happy with your breast augmentation results or want a different result, we invite you to get in touch with our Las Vegas, NV office to book your appointment at Plastic Surgery Vegas. There are numerous factors to consider and our surgical team can give you a full physical assessment, create your revision recommendations, and discuss realistic goals and expectations.

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