Six Reasons Why You Might Need a Breast Revision Surgery
Breast revision surgery increased by 30% from 2013 to 2014 according to ASAPS annual statistics. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Edwards who is based in Las Vegas explains why breast revisions might be necessary despite best efforts and planning.
“We always hope that patients who undergo breast surgery are happy with their results and that the implants last a long time. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always occur. They could end up with an implant malposition, not happy with the size of their breasts, or any number of reasons,” notes Dr. Edwards.
Breast implants are not made to be lifetime devices. Some of the factors that can lead to breast revision surgery include pregnancy, weight fluctuations, leakage and capsular contracture.
“Over the past couple of years, there have been adjuncts that have given us more tools for us to work with in terms of doing breast revisions,” explains Dr. Edwards.
Some of the new tools for breast revision include SERI Scaffold, a silk scaffold that can be placed in the breast pocket after the repair is done to support the implant. More people are getting creative in using some of these techniques to support the breast, especially for someone like a massive weight loss patient whose tissues have been severely damaged from being stretched. There are also new implants which are FDA approved for breast revisions. Dr. Edwards describes INSPIRA™ breast implants by Allergan as more overfilled and a great tool for someone who has thin coverage.
He recommends patients consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon they feel comfortable with and trust to take care of them. Patients should be involved in making decisions concerning their implant size, position and where the incision will be, notes Dr. Edwards.
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