Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Breast implants, while long-lasting, are not intended to last forever. Both saline and silicone implants have a shelf life and at somepoint may need to be replaced. If your implants need to be replaced or you want to update a previous augmentation procedure, Dr. Kent can perform a breast implant revision procedure.
Is a Breast Implant Revision for You?
There are several reasons why a woman may undergo a breast implant revision. While complications with implants are rare, they do occur and should be addressed immediately. Complications that may need surgical correction include implant rupture and capsular contracture (a hardening of the scar tissue around the implant), or breast asymmetry.
You may also consider a breast implant revision procedure in order to maintain the youthful appearance of your breasts as you continue to age.
How is a Breast Implant Revision Performed?
During these repeat surgeries, it is often necessary to remove scar tissue and reposition the implant. If the implant is over the pectoralis muscle, it is often placed under it. Other issues that Dr. Kent will discuss with you during your consultation include what type of implant to use and whether or not a change in size is desired. In general, these surgeries produce less postoperative pain than the initial procedure, so your recovery time is accelerated.
When will I need to replace my breast implants?
There’s no manufacturer or FDA mandated time in which a patient must have their implants replaced. If you’ve had yours for 15 years, and there are no problems, I would leave them be. This recommendation may change based on continuing clinical studies, but for now, this is how I feel. However, if complications occur, such as rupture or hardening, then more surgery may be necessary. Therefore, every patient receiving implants needs to know that they will probably not last a lifetime.
Get Started with a Breast Implant Revision in Tulsa
If you have any further questions regarding implant revision, or you wish to schedule a consultation, contact our office today at 918-994-4100 to speak with Dr. Brian Kent.