Are you dissatisfied with the results of a breast augmentation procedure? While it is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries, breast augmentation outcomes can vary and depend greatly on the skill and experience of the surgeon. It is a complex procedure that requires a high degree of familiarity with required surgical technique, attention to detail, and an emphasis on aesthetics. Because many patients find that they are dissatisfied with the results from other surgeons, breast augmentation revision is a common procedure performed by Dr. Phillip Chang at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center. Dr. Chang is a breast augmentation revision specialist and is highly experienced in surgeries that correct and improve problems that can occur, including:
- Problems with the implants
- Problems with the size of the implants
- Problems with the procedure choice
- Problems with healing
Choosing the implant is of crucial importance in breast augmentation. The shape, texture, and size of implant must be carefully chosen to match your body. Many problems that can occur can be the direct result of choosing an implant that is too big for your body. This can result in implants touching each other in the center, implants appearing to “hang off” the sides, or augmented breasts that now appear to droop. Breast implants have a specific width, depending on the size. Your cosmetic surgeon needs to carefully measure the width of your chest (base diameter) so that the proper implant size can be chosen.
Implants must be placed within a carefully created implant pocket. If the implant pocket is too big, then the implant may move around in an unnatural position. If the pocket is not centered under your nipple, then the implant will be positioned too much to the center of your chest or the side. If the pocket is too small, then your implant may be constricted and take on an oval shape instead of a natural round shape.
Types of Breast Augmentation Procedures
There are also several variations in the type of breast augmentation procedure that can be performed. The implants can be placed above or below the muscle. Some women may have gotten their implants because they wanted “perkier” breasts. While breast implants do result in a slight lift of the breast tissue, breast augmentation primarily makes the breast larger and will not adequately correct a drooping breast. This would require a breast lift, which is possible with the simultaneous placement of implants. There is complex decision-making that must occur with breast augmentation, and the decisions should be made in close collaboration between you and your doctor.
Proper Healing after Breast Augmentation
Even if your surgeon chooses the right procedure, the correct implant size, and does everything perfectly in the operating room, your body still must heal. Not only must your body heal correctly on the outside (the incision), it must heal correctly on the inside. Abnormal scar formation on the inside may result in capsular contracture – or hardening around the implant. Bacteria and blood can place you at increased risk of this abnormal scar formation, but there are some women who seem to be “predisposed” to capsular contracture. If it can be recognized early, there are some things that can be done to slow the progression.
Proper Identification of Causes of Breast Augmentation Problems
To fix a problem with breast augmentation surgery, your doctor needs to be able to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem. You may need an implant size that is better suited for your body, or an enlarged or reduced implant pocket, the removal of abnormal scar tissue, or a completely different operation than had been done originally (such as a breast lift). A skilled surgeon with extensive experience in breast augmentation revision will be able to properly identify the cause of your problem and correct it.
Avoiding Breast Augmentation Problems
Selecting a surgeon who understands the complexities of breast surgery can help you avoid common problems with breast augmentation. But, sometimes problems can occur that are not preventable. Revisional techniques continue to evolve, and a surgeon who is an expert in state-of-the-art procedures can correct many problems with previous breast surgeries.
An Experienced Surgeon is Key to Success with Breast Augmentation Revision
Many patients come to see Dr. Phillip Chang for breast revision surgery because they are not happy with either the size or the shape of their breasts, or sometimes both. Not all surgeons who perform breast revision procedures have the level of experience and training Dr. Chang.
Examples of the types of breast implant revision cases Dr. Chang repairs include:
- Deflation of the implants
- Capsular contracture, in which the scar tissue has hardened
- Implant or nipple asymmetry
- Dual breast crease and tissue sagging
- Ptosis, in which the implants placed too low
- Synmastia, in which the implants are placed too close together
- Rupture of the implant (silicone or saline),
- Change in the size or volume of the implant
Dr. Chang of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center is a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast implant revision cases, which often involve scar tissue, scar revisions, nipple revisions and implant replacements. He has had many years of experience removing, replacing and correcting breast implant problems. He can significantly improve most problems. When you visit our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Leesburg, VA, he will examine you and discuss with you which breast implant revision methods are needed to improve the results of your previous cosmetic procedure. Dr. Chang takes the time to listen to your concerns, and to explain your options in detail, so that you can make an informed decision that is right for you.