Sometimes a breast enhancement procedure may not result in the appearance you were hoping for. Complications or unsatisfactory results from a previous breast surgery can be improved with breast implant revision surgery from Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Casper. He can effectively address a number of issues you may experience from a previous breast surgery, such as hard breast implants, ruptured breast implants, capsular contracture, and misplacement of breast implants to name a few, and give his patients an outcome that shows he delivers among the finest breast
implant revision Pasadena has available.
Breast Revision Benefits
When you decide to go through the process of updating your figure and receive a breast augmentation procedure, you can only hope that all will go well and you will receive the breasts that you dreamed of. Most of the time patients are satisfied after recovery. They feel an increase in self-esteem, they are pleased with their figure and, in short, they look and feel beautiful.
Though not common, it is possible that patients end up unhappy with the results of their breast enhancement procedure. That is what breast augmentation revision is for. Rather than “just dealing with it” or hoping it fixes itself (which it will not), you should seek the care of an experienced surgeon who is an expert at the breast revision surgery.
A breast revision surgery can address a number of problems you may be having with the results of a previous breast augmentation. These include:
Rupture of deflation of a breast implant
A rippling appearance caused by the implant
Breast asymmetry caused by awkward placement or shifting of the implant ie. lateral displacement toward the armpits
The desire to switch between types of implants (saline to silicone / silicone to saline)
The desire to remove the implants or implant removal for treatment of unrelated health problems, such as breast cancer
The key here is simply, are you happy with the results? Did you receive the figure you desired? When you look in the mirror do you feel as beautiful as you should? Are your breasts the shape, size and feel that you discussed with your surgeon before surgery? If the answer to any of the above is “No”, then you should consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Casper, who is considered one of the top surgeons of breast implant revision Los Angeles has to offer.
Capsular contracture is a condition where the scar tissue capsule that naturally forms around the breast implant hardens or calcifies, resulting in additional pressure on the breast implant and may lead to unintended repositioning of the implant. Patients who have capsular contracture may complain of symptoms such as hard breast implants, and their implants may be painful to the touch. Capsular contracture can occur as a result of bacteria getting into the chest cavity during the initial breast augmentation surgery, which then causes the inflammation. This condition can also be caused by leakage or a
ruptured breast implant, or may simply occur as a defense mechanism to the breast implant itself resulting in a hard breast implant. Some patients' natural defense mechanism is stronger than others, resulting in this thicker, harder shell around the implant.
The hardening of the scar tissue can make the implants uncomfortable and embarrassing for the patient. If the implants become more noticeable or move from their original position as a result of capsular contracture, the patient may be unhappy with the unnatural appearance of the implants or any puckering or rippling that may occur.
The ongoing inflammation of the capsule can put additional stress on the body’s immune system and lead to other health issues. Capsular contracture can also lead to interference with mammograms and self-exams. Dr. Casper is able help his patients by successfully handling capsular contracture, and give his patients the beautiful results they wanted in the first place.
Both saline and silicone implants can rupture or leak. When saline implants rupture or leak, it is very obvious to detect. They lose shape and volume rapidly and noticeably. When there is a rupture or leak in a silicone implant, it is not as easy to detect.
There are instances of silicone leakage that cause symptoms such as pain, burning, distortion, swelling or hardening. “Silent ruptures,” on the other hand, occur within the breast implant capsule and may not present any symptoms. Even an exam from a surgeon may not detect silicone leakage.
The most effective way of detecting silicone ruptures is with an MRI. In fact, the FDA recommends those with silicone breast implants receive an MRI 3 years after their surgeries and every 2 years after that. In the event a silicone implant ruptures, the implant, silicone and scar tissue should be completely removed. The length of time silicone implants have been in the body increases the likelihood of their rupture.
Causes of rupture or leakage of breast implants include:
damage to the implant by surgical instruments
over or under filling the implant
trauma or intense physical pressure
compression during a mammogram
normal aging of implant
damage during breast procedures such as biopsy or drainage
too much handling of the implant or breast during surgery
placement through a non-FDA approved site such as the belly button
Early detection is essential as it may be difficult or impossible to remove silicone that has traveled to other areas of the body in the event that the rupture has extended outside the scar tissue capsule of the breast implant.
Breast Revision Procedure
The exact method of breast implant revision surgery vary depending on your specific issues and concerns. As you can see above, the different problems that can arise from breast implants are vast. Your first step will be to meet with Dr. Casper and discuss exactly why you feel you need breast revision surgery to begin with. What results were you aiming for? Are you uncomfortable? Did you get an MRI and it was showing rupture of your silicone implant? Most importantly, what do you want out of your breast revision surgery?
In the case of breast implant removal, Dr. Casper has several methods to provide the best breast revision Pasadena has available. If scar tissue is present, Dr. Casper will take care to remove this completely. When a patient requires removal of a ruptured silicone breast implant, in some cases the surrounding tissue may need to be removed as well. Patients who are having their breast implants replaced, will typically have their new implants placed right after removal of the original implants. Some patients prefer to leave their breast implants out, and Dr. Casper provides beautiful
results with breast implant removal for those patients seeking to return to their natural, unaltered breasts. Dr. Casper will take extra care to make sure that the results meet your goals and look natural and beautiful.
Breast Revision Recovery
The recovery process for breast revision surgery at Dr. Casper's Los Angeles practice will depend on the type of surgery you undergo. However, if it involves breast implant removal, recovery will typically involve some degree of bruising and swelling in the days following surgery. Pain and discomfort, which is usually mild, is controlled with medication. Those who are undergoing implant replacement may need to wear a support bra in the weeks after the procedure to facilitate healing. Patients should not engage in strenuous activities for at least six weeks after breast revision surgery, and should take
special care to protect the breasts from harm. Many patients are able to return to normal daily routines within about a week after the breast implant revision procedure.
The fact of the matter is you deserve to have the figure you desire and paid for. If a doctor incorrectly performed the breast implant procedure, or if something went wrong after the surgery, you should not have to live with the discomfort of painful breasts or an undesirable figure. Call Dr. Casper and schedule your consultation today for our Pasadena breast revision surgery.
If you would like to meet with one of the top Los Angeles plastic surgeons, Dr. Daniel Casper, please contact our practice today to discuss your options. Dr. Casper will be happy to answer your questions and talk with you about procedures that may be right for you.