Breast Implant Revision
It's important to know that after breast augmentation, your breast implants may require replacement during your lifetime. You should expect to have future visits with Dr. Grenley to discuss changes in your breasts.
Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. If you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift or implant exchange to restore a more youthful contour.
What is Breast Implant Revision?
Breast implant exchange is a surgical procedure that removes or replaces breast implants placed during breast augmentation. The procedure may be indicated for medical reasons or it may be the patient’s personal choice.
To provide a satisfactory aesthetic outcome, a cosmetic procedure may be performed during or after breast implant removal. Removal of breast implants is frequently followed by replacement with a different implant type (such as silicone gel) or a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure.
Reasons for Breast Implant Revision
You may believe that breast implants no longer fit into your lifestyle or you may decide that a different implant size or type is appropriate. In either of these cases, breast implant removal will be necessary.
- Change in size preferences
- Switch from saline to silicone
- Decision to remove implants
Breast implant removal may also be necessary after trauma, disease, or surgical complications, including capsular contracture, implant displacement, implant malposition, or implant rippling.
What to Expect During and After Surgery
Breast implant removal is a relatively straightforward procedure. Dr. Grenley will typically approach the implant through the same surgical incisions as your original breast augmentation. Surgery may be as short as one hour, but this will vary depending on your particular condition.
Removal of breast implants carries a possibility for an undesirable aesthetic outcome, especially if you’ve had them for several years. When breast augmentation is first performed, the skin stretches to accommodate the implants. If they are removed, it is likely that your skin will not shrink back to a satisfactory state.
While it is possible that your breasts will return to their pre-augmentation appearance, most patients will benefit from another cosmetic procedure. Dr. Grenley may recommend a breast lift to tighten the tissues and excess skin. To meet your appearance goals, he may also recommend a different implant size or different implant type.
Learn More About Breast Implant Revision in Seattle
Contact the office of Dr. Robert Grenley to learn more about removal or replacement of breast implants. Call Seattle Plastic Surgery at 206-324-1120 or email us.