How To Know When Breast Revision Surgery Is Needed

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Although breast implants can stay in place for many years and allow the patient to enjoy gorgeous, long-lasting results, it is likely that implant revision or replacement may be needed at some point in a woman’s lifetime. Not only are breast implants not meant to last forever, but there are certain situations that may lead to a woman wanting – or needing – a revision surgery earlier than expected. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino and the award-winning team at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa are dedicated to helping women achieve or restore their ideal figure, relieve frustrating symptoms, and once again feel comfortable and confident in their own skin with the most advanced breast implant revision and replacement techniques available. Learn more about breast revision surgery in Doylestown, PA here, including how to determine when you may need implant replacement or removal.

What is breast revision surgery?

Breast revision surgery involves a complex and individualized surgical approach that is custom tailored to each patient’s case. In some cases, breast revision surgery is performed to correct a breast implant malfunction or previous surgical error, while in other cases the procedure involves replacing or removing a breast implant when the patient desires a new look. Regardless of your reason for wanting or needing breast implant revision surgery, Dr. Tamburrino can help you achieve your ultimate goals. Additionally, Dr. Tamburrino can combine complementary procedures – such as a breast lift – with your breast implant revision surgery in order to address concerns such as loose or sagging skin, which often occurs as a woman ages or experiences weight loss, pregnancy, and other life events.

Who needs breast implant replacement?

Breast revision surgery can be useful in a wide variety of situations, whether out of necessity or preference. While complications after breast implant placement are fairly rare, they can occur. Oftentimes, these problems are the result of a surgical error or choosing an inappropriately sized implant. Even if Dr. Tamburrino was not your original surgeon, he can perform your breast revision surgery to correct your concerns and help you achieve your ideal look. On the other hand, some women simply desire a change in their look at some point in time. For example, some women may want to replace smaller implants for larger ones, while other patients undergo breast implant revision to switch from saline to silicone gel implants, or vice-versa. Some of the most common reasons for pursuing breast implant replacement include:

  • Implant malfunction
  • Ruptured implant
  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant displacement
  • Bottoming out
  • Symmastia
  • Asymmetry
  • Change in preference (size, implant type, etc.)
  • Age-related concerns (sagging, drooping, loss of volume)

How do I know if I need breast revision surgery?

In the majority of cases, visible signs and symptoms point to the need for breast implant revision or replacement. For example, women who experience a ruptured saline implant will notice an almost immediate deflation of their implant and subsequent asymmetry between the breast. However, some complications – such as a ruptured silicone implant – may be more difficult to detect. In fact, an MRI is often the only tool for definitively diagnosing a ruptured silicone implant. While there may not be any visible evidence of asymmetry with a ruptured silicone implant, it will still need to be replaced. Some signs and symptoms that may mean breast implant revision, replacement, or removal is right for you include:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Tightness, firmness, or hardening of the breast
  • Misshapen or deformed breast(s)
  • Rippling around implant edges
  • High-riding implant
  • Implant looks or feels like it has “slipped” too low
  • Downward-pointing nipples
  • Sagging, drooping breasts
  • Unsatisfied with original breast augmentation results
  • Change in cosmetic preference

If you are experiencing any symptoms that you think may be associated with a breast implant side effect or complication, call Dr. Tamburrino to learn more about your options for breast revision surgery.

Get the stunning, feminine figure you deserve with breast revision surgery in Doylestown, PA

Whether you had a poor surgical outcome following your original breast augmentation or simply want to change your implant size, shape, or other cosmetic features, breast revision surgery may be right for you. Call the knowledgeable team at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa to schedule your private consultation with renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino today, and learn more about how breast implant replacement in Doylestown, PA may be the life-changing solution you’ve been searching for!

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