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What are The Signs You Need A Breast Revision?

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The goal of breast revision surgery in Dallas, TX is to improve a woman's breasts while updating the implant material, including either decreasing or increasing the size or shape. Whether breast revision surgery is needed to fix a previous breast augmentation procedure or to improve or replace older implants, finding a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon is a vital part of the process.

If you would like to learn more about breast revision surgery, please contact Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz today. We are also offering online consultations for your convenience. Dr. Hanz will create a customized surgical plan and explain what you can expect with your breast revision surgery results. Here is more information from the team at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery about the reasons behind a need for a revision and how Dr. Hanz can help you.

1. Breast implants change over time

Although breast implants don't expire, they don't last forever. These medical devices' average lifespan is generally around 10 – 20 years for either saline or silicone. Often the primary goal of breast revision surgery is to replace old implants with new ones. For that reason, the ever-evolving variety of sizes, shapes, and types of breast implants means that patients will likely have more choices now than when they first had breast augmentation surgery. If you think it is time but are not sure, a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Hanz can help. He will be able to identify any problems or aesthetic concerns and talk you through replacement options to make the right choice.

2. Experiencing pain or discomfort

There are different reasons why patients may need breast revision surgery. The most urgent sign that patients may require implant replacement surgery is experiencing painful discomfort related to their breast implants. For example:

  • One or both breasts are painful to the touch
  • One or both breasts feel more sensitive than normal
  • Breasts change in size or shape with increasing firmness or unusual swelling
  • Redness of the skin around the breasts or burning sensation

3. Signs of capsular contracture

Any of the painful symptoms listed above may also be a sign of capsular contracture. This common condition is caused by a high level of scarring, causing the breast implant capsule to contact or displace. It can be an unpleasant and painful experience. Breast revision surgery can remove or replace the displaced breast implant and even alleviate the painful scar tissue. Patients are left with more natural-looking and comfortable breasts, with or without breast implants.

4. Breast implant rupture or leakage

While newer, more modern breast implants used today are less prone to rupture or leak, older implants can still be a risk. Silicone is an inert substance, which means it won't react inside the body if it ruptures. However, it can even affect the look and feel of the breast. If a saline implant leaks, the shell will deflate. As a result, patients will almost always see a marked difference in their breasts' shape or size. Both of these issues can be corrected with breast implant replacement surgery.

5. Aesthetic concerns

While revision surgery is never a woman's first choice, it may be necessary to get the end result they want. Other reasons why patients may consider breast implant replacement surgery are:

  • The patient wants a bigger or smaller size
  • Current breast implants are too close or too far apart once they have "settled" into place
  • Current breast implants have "bottomed out" and sit too low on the chest
  • The current implant is visible at the bottom or "double bubble" on one or both breasts
  • Breast implant rippling has occurred and needs to be corrected
  • Asymmetrical appearance with one implant higher or lower than the other
  • Incisions or scars didn't heal properly and need to be addressed

Breast revision in Dallas, TX is not a standard procedure and needs to be tailored to fit every patient's needs. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz will listen to your concerns and customize your revision procedure to ensure your aesthetic requirements or issues are met. If you are considering breast implant replacement surgery or are just not happy with your breasts after augmentation, then contact Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Hanz today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.