Reasons for Breast Implant Revision
There are many reasons why people seek breast implant revision. While some women desire a change in breast shape or size due to personal preference, others seek breast revision surgery to correct problems such as implant ruptures. Your breast revision surgeon will tailor the process to your particular needs. Some common reasons for revision breast augmentation include:
Capsular contracture refers to a contracting of scar tissue. After an implant is inserted, scar tissue forms around it, helping to hold it in place. However, if this tissue begins to tighten it can cause the area to harden, changing the shape and size of the breast. This can also cause pain and discomfort. Dr Broadhurst will remove the tightened capsule along with the implant to both relieve pain and prevent re-occurrence. This is one of the ways revision breast augmentation can benefit patients.
Rupture or leak
Breast implant rupture or leak is where the breast “envelope” has broken down or failed. When the outer wall of the implant weakens and breaks, this often causes the implant to leak or change shape. There are many causes for this, including trauma, ageing of the implant, and other issues such as capsular contracture. Whilst a rupture or leak can be caused by a number of factors, in some cases, it can occur for no known reason.
Ruptured silicone implants can often go unnoticed because it tends to remain inside the surrounding breast tissue. However, it can often cause swelling, irritation, pain, and lumps. If you have breast implants and notice these symptoms, your implant may have ruptured. We can confirm the condition of your breast implant by breast ultrasound. Your breast revision surgeon will remove the implants and silicone deposits where needed.
Breast implant replacement is for patients who have had breast surgery in the past and want to change the appearance of their breasts. Such patients may want larger or smaller implants, a different shape or position, or they may have changed their aesthetic ideals over time. Dr Broadhurst will remove your current breast implants and replace them with new ones according to your preference. The altered size or shape gives patients the look they desire.
Implant Removal & Replacement with Dr Broadhurst
“I pride myself on the individual care and support I provide each of my patients. From your first consultation, I will work one-on-one with you to tailor a treatment plan to suit your unique body, fit your lifestyle and achieve the enhanced look you’ve been dreaming of.”
Your Initial Consultation
Due to the personal nature of a breast implant revision, an initial consultation will help establish if you are suitable, as well as your goals for surgery. This initial meeting will be virtual, either over the phone or via FaceTime. You will need to discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking. You will also have the chance to express your concerns and reasons for seeking breast implant revision. Dr Broadhurst will recommend a treatment plan suited to you and the look you wish to achieve. He will also outline what you can expect after your breast implant revision and in the early recovery period.
Your Second Consultation
Your second meeting with Dr Broadhurst will be in person at one of our Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, or Ballina locations. This appointment will be at no cost to you and will give you the chance to ask any further questions about your surgery or clarify any concerns. The discussion will take place a few weeks prior to your surgery date to ensure you have a good understanding of your revision breast augmentation. With more than 18 years of experience, there are no questions or concerns that Dr Broadhurst hasn’t heard. He will be able to provide you with well-informed answers and specialised care for your specific breast revision surgery.
What to expect during your procedure?
Breast implant revision surgery is performed in one day under a general anaesthetic. Whilst some patients have implant removal without replacement, many patients choose to undergo both removal and replacement of a breast implant. The surgery aims to create a more ideal look and overall quality of your breasts. Every patient has a surgical plan tailored to their needs and ideal outcomes.
Breast implant revision will usually not take longer than one or two hours, depending on the specifics of the surgery. For example, it may take longer to remove both the implant and scar tissue (capsule) than to remove just the implant. You should discuss these variables with your surgeon before your revision breast augmentation.
Your breast revision surgeon will make an incision in the fold under your breast. This may differ from the incision used to place the implant initially. The surgeon will then remove the implant through the incision and insert a new one in its place. However, if your breast revision augmentation involves removing the implant capsule (capsulectomy), your surgeon will remove this capsule before inserting the new implant. The new implant may have a different shape or size depending on what was discussed in your consultation. A larger implant may require expanding the pocket.
Dr Broadhurst uses the most trusted and up-to-date techniques to deliver great results for patients. After breast implant revision, most patients are satisfied with the improved texture and look, with previous issues rectified.