Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed today. For many women, undergoing this sort of operation can propose a number of concerns. As with any sort of surgical procedure, a breast augmentation has some amount of risk. A significant amount of risk and potential complication involved presents as poor outcome and the need for a revision surgery. Statistically, according to the FDA, the national average for a person requiring a revision breast surgery is 20% over the first 3 years and 3% over 7 years. Breast revision surgery is the correction of a complication that can occur after the initial breast augmentation. Complications that can arise are: capsular contracture (hardening of the breast), deflation or leakage, asymmetry, symmastia, bottoming out, double bubble formation, rippling of the breast implant, improper positioning, and unhappiness with the size or outcome of the original breast augmentation.
Breast revision surgery, also known as revision mammaplasty, can be far more complex and difficult compared to the initial procedure. There are a number of surgical techniques utilized by a highly trained and skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon to correct the possible complications. Some techniques utilized are capsulectomy (removal of the capsule) and capsulotomy (release of the capsule), capsulorrhapy (implant pocket modification), changing the placement of the implant from subglandular to subpectoral or vice versa, implant exchange, breast lift, and use of tissue matrix graft for extremely complicated cases.
There is no way to completely rule out the need for a revision breast surgery, no matter the surgeon. However, making sure your surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon and highly skilled and trained will definitely decrease the risk of complications. Also, diligent and persistent follow through of post operative care by the patient, and listening to your surgeon’s recommendations can significantly decrease the likelihood of revision breast surgery.
Dr. Daniel Golshani is a double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 13 years of ongoing experience and expertise in the field of breast augmentation, breast revision and breast reconstruction. Dr. Golshani is constantly sought after for his skill in breast revision and reconstructive surgery. He is a perfectionist in nature and has a keen eye for artistry and exceptional skills in plastic surgery. Dr. Golshani was trained by world renowned experts and is constantly perfecting his skills with new techniques and advancements in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.