What is Breast Revision Surgery and Why Is Breast Revision Surgery Sometimes Necessary?
Breast Revision is also known as breast implant replacement. “Breast Implant Revision Surgery” is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a breast implant or the removal and replacement of saline or silicone breast implants. The procedure is usually performed in order to change the size or type of breast implants or to correct any complications from previous breast augmentation surgery.
Between 10% and 20% of breast implant patients require a breast revision or breast implant replacement. The most common reasons for revisionary surgery is excessive scar tissue forming around an implant; clinically know as “Capsular Contracture”, which results in firmness of the breast. Capsular contracture may also cause distortion of the breast, the implant to become displaced or move, asymmetry (breasts becoming different in shape, size or appearance) and discomfort. Other reasons for breast implant revision or replacement include breast sag, rippling of the implant, skin thinning and silicone leakage or implant rupture. Also, saline implants may leak and deflate which would require replacement. Among the more serious complications with breast implant surgery requiring revision is infection, tissue loss and implant exposure.
When to Consider Breast Revision:
– Your saline breast implants have deflated or an X-ray or MRI suggests your silicone implant has a shell leak.
– If you want to change your implant/breast size.
– If you have tightening of the scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture) or your breast implants have shifted in position.
– If your breast tissue has changed as a result of skin stretching or weight loss/gain.
Why Lewis J. Obi M.D.?
Dr. Obi is one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in the area of breast revision surgery and is able to offer more options with breast implant revisions then most plastic surgeons. Dr. Obi maintains a very in depth inventory of a wide variety of implants styles and sizes including the Nutrelle® 410 “Gummy Bear” implant. Do Obi also pioneered the use of Seri silk mesh in stem cell fat grafting, uses the SlimLipo Laser Skin tightening if necessary, and uses the Vectra XT 3D imaging System to allow patients a preview of their surgery results before surgery. Dr. Lewis Obi is one of few plastic surgeons capable of offering patients such a high level technology, implant choices and experience that when combined provide patients with an unmatched level of care and treatment.