Are my silicone implants leaking?
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 three years after surgery and every two years following. In the event that a silicone implant ruptures, the implant, silicone and scar tissue must be completely removed. The age of the silicone implants affects the likelihood of an eventual rupture.
What causes implant rupture?
Causes of rupture or leakage of breast implants include:
- Damage to the implant by surgical instruments
- Over or underfilling the implant
- Trauma or intense physical pressure
- Compression during a mammogram
- Normal aging of implant
- Damage inflicted to the implant in breast procedures such as biopsy or drainage
- Excessive handling of the implant or breast during surgery
- Implant placement through a non-FDA approved site such as 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.
What is the breast revision procedure?
The exact method of breast implant revision surgery varies, depending on your specific issues and concerns. Your first step will be to meet with Dr. Casper and discuss the issues affecting your breasts. 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 hope to achieve by undergoing breast revision surgery?
How do you remove breast implants?
If your implants must be removed, Dr. Casper may employ one of several surgical methods. If excessive scar tissue is present, Dr. Casper will carefully and correctly remove this completely. If you need 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 immediately after the removal of the original implants.
Can I go back to my natural breast size?
Some patients prefer to return to their natural breast size, without replacing implants, 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. Dr. Casper is widely recognized as being among the finest breast revision surgeons practicing in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills areas.
What is the recovery from breast revision surgery?
The recovery from breast revision surgery will depend on the extent of the surgical correction needed. 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. If you have had an implant replacement, you may need to wear a support bra in the weeks after the procedure to facilitate healing.
You 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. You should be able to return to normal daily routines within about a week after your breast implant revision procedure.