Breast Implant: Things you should know!

Breast implant revisions are the surgical procedures that are performed to remove and replace the original saline or silicone implants. Whether the first graft was fixed for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons, they eventually lose their shape and position. This will consequently make patients unhappy and they revisit their surgeon for a revision procedure. Transplants are not the lifetime devices. No matter how carefully they are inserted, a list of factors like significant weight fluctuation, pregnancy, leakage and capsular contracture lead to revising the procedure.


Why surgical revision procedures are designed?


Breast implant revision techniques are purposefully designed to replace silicone gel transplants with new saline-filled and silicone-filled inserts. Breast transplants have successfully been performed since the 1960s; however, women started facing problems with silicone gel implants in 1990s that raised the questions about wellbeing and life of these grafts. Careful estimates revealed an average life of ten years for silicone gel inserts. This makes it necessary to for the patients to get their silicone gel replaced with newer made up of saline. Nowadays doctors recommend revisions even before the sign and symptoms occurs. The procedure can also be performed to rectify the unsatisfactory results of chest enhancement surgeries.


What are the key factors of breast implant revisions?


Irrespective of the reason behind repeating the breast surgery, the primary aim is to give women a fuller and larger torso after correcting unpleasant results and complications of previous surgeries.


Here I am sharing few common factors that make implant revisions inevitable in patients who have previously undergone the chest enhancement surgeries.


Bottoming out and imperfections


Bottoming out is the condition in which the implant is dropped noticeably on the torso and positioned the insert low whereas nipples remain in the same position. This situation can be efficiently corrected after repositioning and securing the graft with Strattice, a synthetic medicinal scaffolding material. Other imperfections, which happen with time include wrinkling, swelling and double bubble.


Capsular contracture


Capsules that are naturally synthesised in the human body are actually a kind of scar tissues that are formed around the breast implant. As the time passes this scar or capsule gets thicker, harder and stiffer. This condition is medically known as “capsular contracture”. In order to fix this situation, the scar and graft are completely removed and a new is fixed at a different position after observing the chest muscles to ensure attractive chest enhancements with long lasting results.


Trimmed implants


Few of the patients initially desire to obtain larger and fuller torso and decided to have larger inserts. They might not feel comfortable with huge breasts, they can always replace larger grafts with a smaller size to achieve a desirable size once again. Those who undergo this surgical revision, often suffer from sagging and redundant, which is also called ptosis. To manage extra skin breast lift mastopexy is usually accompanied with downsizing.


Ruptured implants

As they are made up of synthetic material and filled with saline and silicone, they can be leaked and ruptured over time that changes the appearance of breasts. Once it occurs, there is no other way except performing revision to remove and replace the ruptured pieces with a fresh graft.


Symmastia or Synmastia


When transplant pockets merge in the middle of the torso, they can be either separated, repositioned and secured with Strattice or replaced with new grafts.


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