Breast augmentation is a big decision.With the excitement of a new breast augmentation few women consider how they will feel if they have a deflation. A deflation is what happens when a saline implant is compromised and loses the saline fluid that is inside the implant. For most women it is noticeable especially if the deflation happens immediately. For other women there may be a slow leak and they may notice only a loss in size which over time will also show wrinkles and ripples. Needless to say, for most women this is not only embarrassing it causes anxiety about what to do next.
Breast Augmentation May Require Additional Surgery
Dr. Seify explains that patients with a deflated implant should schedule an immediate consultation to discuss the recommended steps for correcting the issue. While there is no danger concerning the fluid (which is saline) leaking into the body there is a window of time that allows the implant to be removed rather easily without the concern of new scar tissue growth. The longer a patient waits the more likely it is that the scar tissue has grown over the deflated implant and in some cases created new scar tissue which has closed off the breast pocket. This can cause the breast implant exchange to be a bit more involved and take more time which could increase patient cost. Dr. Seify will explain the differences between saline and silicone implants. Some breast implant manufacturers offer a promotional incentive for patients who choose to upgrade from saline to silicone implants.
Breast Implant Exchange and Options Available
Dr. Seify will including in his recommendation the benefits and limitations of silicone and saline implants as they directly relate to the patient. For example, thinner patients with less of their own breast tissue, Dr. Seify may strongly recommend silicone gel implants as they would be less likely to display wrinkling and rippling in the patient. After a deflation, breast implant exchange is rather straightforward. It is not like the first breast augmentation surgery, and for most patients it is merely an inconvenience as opposed to the pain and discomfort that may have occurred with the initial surgery. Dr. Seify encourages patients to schedule their consultation immediately if they have a deflation and to be prepared to provide for staff serial numbers and the manufacturer, so that the staff can begin the warranty redemption process if the patient is eligible.