Prior to breast implant revision cosmetic surgery, the surgeon will assess the cause of the surgical complications or the reason behind patient’s wish to have the implants removed or replaced. The surgeon will explain the procedure during the pre-op consultation and help the patient make an informed decision.
Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast implant revision and various other procedures for the breast, body, and face. Dr. Seify will recommend the appropriate procedure such as implant replacement, removal or a combination with breast lift. He provides these procedures to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding locations.
Saline Implant Removal
The patient will usually have the option to replace breast implants with new ones or remove the implants and receive breast lift plastic surgery to restore the natural breast appearance. During saline implant removal, the surgeon may deflate the implant before removing it. This will help to ensure a smaller incision and easier implant removal.
Along with the implant removal, the surgeon may also remove the scar tissue. Placement of new implants or breast lift procedure will be performed at the same time following the removal of original implants. The surgery will take less than one hour, and may be performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Silicone Implant Removal
The cosmetic surgeon will manually check the implant for any signs of damage prior to its removal. This will help to minimize risk. Implant removal may be more complicated than the primary augmentation procedure, particularly in case of textured implants. In a few cases, the surgeon may have to remove surrounding muscle and tissue along with the implant.
Implant replacement, breast lift, or scar revision may be performed immediately after the implant removal. The length of the surgery will depend on the type of procedures performed. Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for breast implant revision surgery.
The breast implant replacement procedure is not very different from the primary augmentation mammaplasty. The procedure may be performed with the patient under general anesthesia, and it may take about one hour to complete it. Implant replacement options will be determined according to the nature of complications the patient may have faced with the original implants.
Complications may have arisen due to the size, shape, positioning or texture of the original implants. Based on such evaluation, the surgeon will recommend how to procedure with implant replacement surgery. If the patient was unhappy with the results of the primary implants, it may be most important to choose a different type of implant for the replacement procedure.
A woman who is faced with the choice between saline and silicone implants for replacement should carefully consider the pros and cons of each and her personal cosmetic goals. The latest qualities in ultra-cohesive silicone implants may also be considered for replacement. Implant size should also be considered carefully for replacement, accounting for the patient’s personal preference and her experience with the previous implant size.