Breast Implant Revision to Change Implant Size or Type
Over time, the tissue that overlies an implant can change. The implant itself can change size and shape. In other cases, patients decide that they would prefer a different size or shape implant for their secondary breast augmentation procedure.
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your breast implants, Dr. Vishnu Rumalla can address your concerns while helping you reach your cosmetic goals. Dr. Rumalla is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and he serves the Fort Worth, TX, community. Here, he discusses important information about breast implant revision to change implant size or type.
Reasons for Breast Implant Revision
There are many potential reasons for breast implant revision. Some of the reasons are medical while others are personal.
Once the implants are placed, patients may find that they wish they had gone bigger. Breast implant revision surgery can replace the implants with a larger size.
In other cases, patients may realize that they prefer smaller implants that are more comfortable. For those patients, Dr. Rumalla can place smaller implants that are more natural-looking and lighter.
Natural Changes to Implants Over Time
Gravity and aging can lead to undesirable changes, both to your implants and the supportive tissue that surrounds them.
“Bottoming out” refers to the natural process of sagging that can leave the skin appearing stretched and implants appearing lower than initially intended. It is also possible for an implant to migrate over time. This can leave breasts looking asymmetrical or lopsided.
Sagging of the Breasts
With time and weight changes, the breasts and nipples can begin to sag and point downwards. A breast revision can correct this problem by replacing the implant, repositioning the nipple (if needed), and tightening the skin envelope.
Change in Implant Filler Material
Patients may wish to change their silicone implants to saline implants or vice versa. The implant may need to be changed due to a rupture or safety concerns about a specific product.
Cost is another factor. Many implants have a set warranty. Once that date passes, the patient may have to pay for the cost of the new implants. Undergoing breast implant revision surgery before the warranty expires allows patients the opportunity to reduce the overall cost of their procedure.
Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Dr. Rumalla will handle your breast revision surgery. He maintains privileges at Harris Methodist and Baylor All Saints Hospital. Often, the same incision that was used for your original breast augmentation is used to replace the implant.
Minor adjustments, like tightening the breast fold or repositioning the nipple, will be made before the incision is closed. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. You will be provided with recovery guidelines that should be followed closely.
Schedule Your Breast Implant Revision Today
No matter the reason for your breast implant revision, Dr. Rumalla will perform your cosmetic surgery with your safety and cosmetic goals in mind. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
To schedule your breast implant revision consultation, please contact our office online or call (817) 334-0030.