The Most Common Reasons for Breast Implant Revision
While it may be true that diamonds are forever, the same cannot be said of breast implants. Most women with breast implants eventually want or need breast implant revision to change their appearance again, because their implants fail, or due to complications of the original surgery.
One of the most common reasons for breast implant revision is to change the appearance of the breasts. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 37 percent of women who come back for breast implant revision want a larger size. Others want a smaller size or to adjust the position of the breasts.
Breast implants don't come with a lifetime guarantee. After a few years, many will leak, another common reason for breast implant revision. Leakage is most conspicuous with saline implants, since saline is absorbed into the tissue. With silicone implants, regular checkups are recommended, since leaking silicone is not absorbed.
Another reason for breast implant revision is capsular contracture, the hardening of the scar tissue that naturally develops around implants. For most women, the scar tissue remains soft enough to maintain a natural look, but for others it results in an unnaturally firm appearance.
Women with thin skin above the cleavage may experience rippling of the skin, especially with saline implants placed above the chest muscle. For these women, breast implant revision often includes switching to silicone implants and placing them partially or fully beneath the muscle.
If you have any concerns about your breast implants, consult a board-certified breast implant revision surgeon. If surgery is the best option, your surgeon will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.
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