Many women choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery in order to achieve fuller breasts. While most breast surgery patients are satisfied with their results and go on to live happier and more confident lives, that is not always the case.
A small number of women may experience issues following a breast procedure, or some may be dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome. Fortunately, there may be an option to correct an initial breast surgery. At Plastic Surgery Affiliates, Dr. Olivia MaDan, frequently performs breast revision surgeries to correct a previous surgery with the goal of achieving the patient’s desired result. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about breast revision in Nashville and whether you may be a suitable candidate.
What Is Breast Revision Surgery?
Breast revision is a secondary or repeat surgery with the goal of improving a previous result. The longevity of breast surgery results varies for each individual. Sometimes breast revision is performed to correct the effects of gravity over time. Breast revision surgery can be performed in a variety of situations, for example, to reverse the effects of gravity, correct implant malposition, or exchange for different implants.
Common Reasons for a Breast Revision Operation
Many patients in Nashville choose to undergo a breast revision procedure when the outcome from their original operation is not ideal and could be improved with additional surgery. In cases of implant malposition, the patient may be concerned about the appearance of their chest in clothing as well as asymmetry of their breasts.
Some patients have isolated wound healing problems at sites that have either too much tension or suture reaction. In such instances, the area of delayed healing may require a scar revision to achieve a better-looking result.
How Common Are Breast Surgery Complications?
Unfortunately, complications after breast surgery can be common. It is important to choose a plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with breast and breast revision surgery. Implant rupture, malposition, and capsular contracture are all complications that Dr. MaDan works to resolve through breast revision surgery in Nashville.
In general, the incidence implant rupture at10 years is usually less than 10 percent. When a saline implant leaks or ruptures, the saline is absorbed by the body and a visible difference can be obvious. . Rupture detection of a silicone implant is less obvious and can require advanced imaging like an MRI. Breast revision surgery can be performed to remove the ruptured implant.
Implant malposition can occur due to many reasons including surgical technique, implant type/shape, non-compliance with activity restrictions. An anatomic, shaped implant can rotate clockwise or counterclockwise creating an unnatural appearance. This type of malposition is not seen when a round implant rotates. The term “bottoming out,” can be due to disruption of the inframammary fold causing a “double bubble” appearance of the breast. Implant shape/selection and pocket can all be addressed in breast revision surgery.
In general, the average onset of capsular contracture is less than 1 year after implant placement. Unfortunately, it is an extremely difficult problem to correct. Capsular contracture most likely occurs as an inflammatory response to bacteria in an implant pocket.
The most likely scenario for capsular contracture to occur is with implant placement above the muscle—within the breast tissue—using a periareolar incision.
How Is a Breast Revision Performed?
Breast revision surgeries can be more complicated procedures since knowledge about the prior surgery details may be limited. In such instances, the more information a patient can provide to Dr. MaDan about their previous operation, the better. If a patient has their implant information or a copy of their operative note that tells specifics in regard to how the implants were placed, the implant volume, and serial numbers—any and all information can be helpful in developing a solid plan for their breast revision surgery in Nashville.
Once Dr. MaDan has as much information as possible prior to surgery, she will begin the procedure by removing the current implants and determining their volume.
Once the implants are removed, Dr. MaDan will then examine the natural breast tissue to assess the natural asymmetries and volumetric differences between each side.
Dr. MaDan often uses silicone sizers to ensure the desired result will be achieved before committing to the final implants.
Learn More about Breast Revision by Calling Our Nashville Office
If you are not happy with your breast implants or desire a different outcome, consider breast revision in Nashville. A breast revision surgery is a custom-tailored procedure with the aim of correcting specific issues or addressing your particular goals.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. MaDan where you will receive a full physical exam, discuss your desired outcome, and create a breast revision surgical plan. Call now to get started.