Breast augmentation has become one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed on patients today. However, in some cases, women who have undergone this cosmetic surgery desire a breast revision (revision mammaplasty) due to dissatisfaction with results or to correct complications from a previous breast augmentation procedure. Cosmetic reasons for this secondary breast procedure include replacing current implants because of improper size, unanticipated shape, asymmetry and/or rippling and wrinkling of the actual implant that can be felt or seen through the skin. In some cases, women may just want to exchange their present, outdated implants for cohesive silicone gel or saline ones.
There are several reasons a women may require a secondary revision. Over time, breast implants may begin to deflate, leak or rupture. They may get infected, excessively firm, shift into another position and/or become increasingly uncomfortable. Other implant complications include retracted nipples, synmastia (both implants begin to form one implant) and capsular contracture (thickening or tightening of the scar surrounding the implant resulting in an unnatural breast shape).
A breast revision surgery utilizes a variety of surgical techniques to correct unsatisfactory breast augmentation and create a more satisfying, natural breast appearance. These techniques include replacing the implant size or style, changing the position of the implant from over to under the pectoral muscle or vice versa, capsulectomy or capsulotomy (removing excess scar tissue), performing a breast lift (mastopexy) or removing the implants.
Compared to the initial breast augmentation surgery, revision mammaplasty can be far more complex and difficult. Therefore, it is especially important to choose a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with significant experience in the area of breast surgery. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and the American Board of Surgery (ABS), Dr. Daniel Golshani has extensive experience and specializes in breast revision. To learn more about this secondary breast surgical procedure, it is best to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Golshani in Beverly Hills.