Breast Implant Replacement & Revisions
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic enhancement procedures for women to achieve more natural looking breasts. However, it should be noted that breast augmentation does have some limits to its longevity. Breast implants, like many other implantable medical devices, may over time require some revisionary and/or replacement procedure. While it is possible for breast implants to last a long time, most women elect to replace their implants. Breast implant replacement is a common surgery for those who have undergone a breast augmentation.
For women with breast implants that get old or fail, they will need to have them removed or replaced. The common reasons for breast implant revisions are:
- Replacement of implants due to failure
- Replacement of old implants
- Correction of capsular contracture (see explanation below)
- Changing of breast implant size
- Changing the type of breast implant (silicone versus saline)
- Improving the natural appearance of breasts
Dr. Paul Vitenas has performed hundreds of breast augmentation replacement procedures for women requiring a breast implant replacement or revision. In many cases Dr. Vitenas performs breast implant revisions due to capsular contracture.
Dr. Vitenas explains that capsular contracture is a problem for many women who have had breast augmentation. This is due to the fact that once the breast implant is placed in the breast, the body naturally creates a “capsule” or builds scar tissue around the implant.
Almost every woman with breast implants has scar tissues surrounding the implants, which is not visible to the women. Sometimes the capsule of scar tissue around the implant begins to shrink and the pocket holding the implant may become too small causing the implant to feel uncomfortable or, in some cases, to break. Women report that their breasts feel too tight, and they are uncomfortable or in pain. Capsular contracture can occur with saline or silicone breast implants.
Dr. Vitenas takes a thorough and careful approach in his consultation with women seeking breast implant replacement. Dr. Vitneas takes the necessary time and utilizes advanced technology to achieve a successful repair and natural looking breast. (See Strattice™ Tissue Matrix)
Breast Implant Replacement Surgery
During your consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas, he will exam you for signs of rupture and ensure your breast implant is still intact. Depending upon if you have silicone or saline implants, Dr. Vitenas will determine the precise surgical procedure to remove the implant to minimize risks associated with the implant removal. Also, scar removal and a breast lift many be needed.
Your breast implant revision options are determined primarily by the problems you are having with your implants and your desire to correct the size, shape, or positioning of the implants received during your initial breast augmentation.
If new implants are being implanted at the time of surgery, Dr. Vitenas will have you try on various sizes of implants with a bra. The sizers are disposable implants that Dr. Vitenas has in his office so you can get the most accurate size and natural looking implants. Dr. Vitenas has over 100 FDA breast implant sizers available and a variety of bras for his breast augmentation patients try. This enables Dr. Vitenas to obtain and size your implant to the proper proportions for your body type; i.e. shoulder, breast, waist and hip ratios. You can see a true picture of how they will look.
Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, recovery and risks. The surgery is performed at the Houston Surgery Center, at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery in Houston, TX. The surgery takes about one hour to complete and is performed with general anesthesia. Dr. Vitenas uses a board certified anesthesiologist for patients’ safety.
What can I expect after my breast replacement (implant)?
Dr. Paul Vitenas advises that recovery after breast replacement procedure is much like the recovery associated with a breast augmentation procedure. Generally it takes a few days for implants placed subglandularly and for those placed submuscularly.
During the first few days after surgery, patients may feel tired or sore. Medication can help to control any discomfort that patients experience. However, Dr. Vitenas’ patients typically take pain medication for only one day and then use over-the-counter acetaminophen pain relief, such as Tylenol®, as needed. Bruising and swelling rarely occur. Dr. Vitenas patients typically return to work three days after their breast augmentation procedures.
Dr. Vitenas advises his patients that their breasts may remain sensitive to stimulation for several weeks. Patients should also avoid strenuous activities for about four to six weeks.
Dr. Paul Vitenas will provide you with specific after care instructions and directions. Follow up appointments are scheduled two days after your operation. Dr. Vitenas’ nurses and staff are available to take your calls regarding any concerns and questions you may have.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
If you are considering breast implant replacement procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas to learn about his natural looking breast enhancement procedure. Call (281) 407-7428 or use the Contact Us form.