Posted on 28 Dec 2020
Breast augmentations have always been a staple of the American plastic surgery industry. Currently, of all forms of cosmetic surgery in the United States, breast augmentation is the second most popular. Although most of these procedures have positive results, some women end up having their breast augmentations revised.
The human body sometimes rejects foreign objects inserted into it. The brain adopted this behavior as a means of survival. In today’s world, this behavior is more of a nuisance to cosmetic surgery recipients than anything.
Of all complications associated with breast augmentations, capsular contracture is the most common. Capsular contracture defines scenarios where scar tissue grows too tight around breast implants and causes discomfort, pain, or malformed breasts. Capsules made from blood vessels, collagen, and fibroblasts naturally form around breast implants. This scarring sometimes grows too thick or shrinks around breast implants.
Capsulectomies and capsulotomies both correct capsular contracture. The former surgery consists of removing the capsule completely and potentially reinserting the implants or removing them entirely. Capsulotomies simply open up the scar tissue around implants. Although less invasive and more comfortable to heal from, capsulotomies are less likely to yield positive long-term results.
The body may readjust the position of breast implants as part of its healing process. This migration can cause implants to settle too low, too far apart, or too close together. In any of these outcomes, breast implant displacement is an unwanted side effect of breast augmentation surgery. Sometimes, pain or discomfort may also accompany displacement.
As women age, breasts naturally sag due to gravity. Sagging and scar tissue can also result from pregnancy. Losing and gaining weight can also have similar results. If your breast augmentation doesn’t look as good after several years, weight fluctuations, or one or more pregnancies, thinking about a revision isn’t a bad idea.
If the change came from pregnancy, make sure you don’t plan on having more children. Doing so could worsen the appearance of your breasts after having other children.
Cosmetic surgeons, authoritative sources on cosmetic surgery, and websites across the Internet encourage patients to wait anywhere from several months to a year to allow breast augmentation surgeries to heal fully. Before healing, some cosmetic surgical outcomes may not appear attractive. Some patients jump the proverbial gun and demand immediate revisions from their surgeons. This is unwise. Premature cosmetic surgery revision can result in even worse outcomes. If your body has fully carried out the healing process and your breast augmentation still doesn’t look good, considering a revision is reasonable.
Breast augmentations can entirely renovate your self-esteem, self-confidence, relationship, and outward appearance. Inevitably, some breast augmentation procedures will be rejected by the body or be performed incorrectly. Don’t be afraid to get multiple medical opinions before pulling the trigger on breast augmentation surgery revision.
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Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.