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Breast Augmentation remains the most popular Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedure performed in the US year after year. According to the FDA, Breast Implants are not considered lifetime devices. Breast implants may require maintenance, with as many as 25% percent of women with breast implants having Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery by 10 years post-op. With breast implants being around for over fifty years, and millions of Breast Implants placed, Breast Implant Revision Surgery has become its own specialty.

Breast Implant Revision Surgery Video Presentation

Dr. Joseph Mele appears on KRON4's Body Beautiful to talk about Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant) Revision Surgery.

Dr. Joseph Mele appears on KRON4’s Body Beautiful to talk about Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant) Revision Surgery.

This month, I had the opportunity to discuss many popular Plastic Surgery procedures like face lifts, eyelid lifts and Breast Implant Revision Surgery on KRON4‘s Body Beautiful with Janelle Marie. Unfortunately, we ran out of time during this segment to show the before and after pictures, so I have include some below. More before and after photos are available on my main website and my San Francisco Breast site.

Why Breast Augmentation Revision?

There are many reasons for Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery. The most frequent is to change size, but sometimes the reason is not purely elective. Here are a few of the more common reasons:

Breast Augmentation Revision After Breast Implant Deflation

Breast Implant Deflation Replacement

The dramatic asymmetry above was caused by deflation of the left breast’s saline filled breast implant. While the saline is quickly and safely absorbed, its exit rapidly returns the breast to its pre-augmentation size. The after photo shows the result after breast implant replacement surgery.

One common reason for Breast Augmentation Revision is to correct Breast Implant Deflation. A deflation can significantly change the shape of the breast, and this is most dramatic for saline filled breast implants. A deflation can, within a few hours, return the breast to its pre-augmentation volume. Breast Implant Replacement Surgery is usually quick and simple, because the breast implant’s pocket is already made. The recovery is also quicker with much less discomfort than the first time around.

Breast Augmentation Revision For Capsular Contracture

Breast Implant Malposition

Capsular contracture is the term used for when the scar the encapsulates the breast implant tightens around the implant. This can make the breast feel hard and move the implant. Breast implant malposition of the right breast is seen above. The capsular contracture has pushed the breast implant upward, causing an obvious asymmetry both in and out of clothing. The after picture shows improvement after a capsulotomy and capsulectomy to correct the breast implant malposition and soften the breast.

Capsular Contracture can make the breast feel hard and move the breast implant. Usually, the breast implant’s capsule is soft and provides important and necessary support for the breast implant. In some cases, the capsule thickens or becomes tight, making the breast firm and moving the breast implant. When an obvious distortion, like that seen above occurs, Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery can help. By opening up the capsule with a capsulotomy, or removing a thick capsule with a capsulectomy, the breast is softened, and the breast implant is returned to a more natural position.

Breast Augmentation Revision For Surface Scar Revision

Breast Augmentation Scar Revision

The before pictures show a wide-spread, irregular, pale scar within the pigmented areolar skin, distracting from the otherwise beautifully shaped breasts. The after picture shows what can be accomplished with scar revision. The scars are now thin, smooth and hidden along the edge of the areolae.

Capsular Contracture is the result of the internal scar becoming thick or tight. When the surface scar becomes thick, tight or wide-spread, scar revision surgery may be able to help. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, my goal is to always get the best scar possible. Sometimes, despite meticulous technique, the skin does not cooperate. Scar revision gives us another chance at getting the scar to heal nicely. While no surgical procedure is perfect, scar revision can help smooth the contour of many scars and provide a more aesthetic and pleasing result. The scar above was widespread and pale, making it an obvious distraction. By moving the scar to the edge of the areola, smoothing out its contour and slimming its width, the scar can be made to blend into the normal anatomy.

There Are Many Breast Revision Surgeries

Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery encompasses a wide range of Aesthetic Breast Procedures, the procedure that will work best for you will vary, so be certain to consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, experienced in both primary and revision breast surgery, before making any medical decisions.

Body Beautiful is a live show, so anyone watching could call in and have their questions answered. The (415) number shown during the broadcast is only for the live show, but if you have Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant) Revision Surgery Questions, call my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office directly at (925) 943-6353.

Breast Implant Revision Surgery as seen on KRON4 TV

Frequently Asked Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant) Revision Surgery Questions

The Breast Implant Revision Surgery Video embedded above answers many of the most frequently asked questions about Breast Augmentation Revision. Some of the information covered includes:

More Breast Implant Revision Surgery & Breast Augmentation Revision Information

More information about Breast Implant Revision Surgery and other Breast Augmentation Revision Surgeries is available by clicking on the headings under “Categories” in the column to the left, or by visiting my San Francisco Breast website’s Breast Implant Revision Page

Other Segments from This Month’s Body Beautiful

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