Breast augmentation is one of the more popular body contouring procedures available to women who wish to improve their breast appearance and body outline. While implants can last many years, even decades, women’s visions of their figures can change within that time. Sometimes implants that become displaced or enclosed in scar tissue may need to be treated. Breast revision surgery resolves these issues and reshapes breasts for the patient’s vision at her current stage of life.
Several issues bring patients in for breast revision in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas. They include:
- The size is not to the patient’s satisfaction
- Firmness is an issue
- The implant ruptures
- The skin covering the implant ripples
- Capsular contracture (excess scar tissue around implants)
- Unsatisfactory aesthetics
Breast revision surgery may replace or remove the implants, address aesthetic or health concerns, or allow the patient a lifestyle more suitable for their current stage in life. Finding a qualified plastic surgeon in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area is critical to ensure you receive the safest and most effective procedure plastic surgery has to offer.
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Why Breast Revision Surgery
Breast revision surgery is an individualized procedure that differs for each patient. The main problems women face after breast augmentation include:
Deflation Of Implants
Older saline implants may rupture or leak, which will cause the breast(s) to look deflated or sagging. Saline in your bloodstream is not dangerous but will cause the breasts to appear unbalanced with aesthetic consequences. Many breast revision surgeries involve the removal of saline implants to replace them with a more natural feeling silicone gel device. They will also allow the patient to change the size or shape of her implants.
Change Breast Size
Patients who are interested in changing the size of their breasts often opt for revision surgery to change the size of the breast implants. The process of removing one set of implants and inserting another is a relatively painless procedure that Dr. Weinrach can perform quickly. Patients should try and bring as much information about their original implants to their consultation. This information will help the process of changing implants go much more smoothly.
Capsular contracture is where the normal capsule located around the implant starts to thicken. This process can shift the implants into a different position. The cause of capsular contracture is not precisely known; it is thought that bacteria may play a role. Revision surgery is an effective way for a Dr. Weinrach to remove excess scar tissue, replace or remove the implant, and resolve aesthetic concerns.
Breast implants may be out of position if the pocket where they rest is too large or too small. Dr. Weinrach addresses this issue by enlarging or shrinking the size of the pocket. There are a variety of techniques available to accomplish this including cutting the capsule (capsulotomy), removing the capsule (capsulectomy), inserting internal sutures to correct the size or shape of the implant pocket, and placement of additional supportive scaffolds. The technique used varies depending on the patient and her individual situation.
The Breast Revision Surgical Process
As with any surgical procedure, the process of breast revision begins with a thorough history and physical examination with Dr. Weinrach. Dr. Weinrach will carefully listen to your concerns, thoroughly review your records, and perform a physical examination. Dr. Weinrach will then recommend a treatment plan that he feels will deliver the best possible results. After a thorough evaluation and discussion, and when you are completely comfortable with the plan and expectations, surgery will be scheduled.
Good candidates for revision surgery are patients who are healthy, have realistic expectations, and do not smoke. Smoking decreases blood flow and inhibits the tissues ability to take up oxygen, greatly increasing the potential for complications.
Technology Matters - GalaFORM® 3D Surgical Scaffold
Often with breast revision patients, there is a decline in breast tissue essential for optimal implant support. GalaFORM® 3D Surgical Scaffold is designed to provide the extra tissue support necessary to maximize proper implant position for the long term. It is the only three-dimensional scaffold with a reinforcing rim for plastic and reconstructive surgery which repairs, reinforces, and elevates soft breast tissue.
This surgical scaffold will slowly absorb while the breast tissue grows into the device, resulting in tissue three-five times stronger than natural tissue after 18-24 months.
Dr. Weinrach is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals through an individualized approach to patient care and commitment to safety. His extensive experience and unique skill set produces long-lasting, natural looking results.
Breast Revision Recovery
Recovery from breast revision surgery is highly variable and depends on the complexity of the procedure. A simple breast implant exchange may have very little downtime – back to normal activities the next day. More complex revisions such as an implant exchange combined with a breast lift, with the addition of GalaFORM scaffold, would require longer recovery times, including restrictions on heavy lifting for up to 6 weeks.
Our office works closely with patients during the recovery process and will follow up regularly to answer any questions, address any concerns, and give clearance as to when you can return to work and resume your daily routine.
Do I Need To Have My Original Surgeon Perform My Breast Revision Surgery?
While the surgeon who performed your original implant insertion will know the details about the procedure, they might not be the best candidate to revise.
The original surgeon may not still be in practice, people move and it may not be feasible for geographic reasons for the original plastic surgeon to do the revision, and sometimes the patient simply just may not feel the original doctor is the best plastic surgeon for the job. Jonathan Weinrach MD FACS has carried out a multitude of breast revision surgical procedures for patients in Scottsdale and Phoenix, building his practice in these areas with patients very satisfied with their results.
His experience with revision surgeries ensures the process will come with reduced risks and optimal results. Patients commonly ask their breast augmentation surgeon to share with us any necessary required information needed for the best outcome. This practice is common among surgeons.
Correct Unsatisfactory Breast Enhancement Results with Revision Breast Surgery
Did you have a breast enhancement that did not work out as you hoped? Or are you interested in changing your current breast implants for ones that flatter your figure better today?
At the office of Dr. Jonathan Weinrach, an experienced plastic surgeon serving residents in the Scottsdale and Phoenix region, we work with patients to address concerns with breast implants.
During a personalized consultation at our office, Dr. Weinrach will review your medical records, examine your breasts, discuss your goals and desires, and then work with you to come up with a personalized treatment plan that will improve the shape, size, and symmetry of your breasts.
We are happy to discuss various options with you before finalizing a surgical plan to make sure treatment is in line with your goals and will give you the results you desire. If you are ready to rejuvenate your body or are looking for a change in breast appearance, contact us today for a consultation.