August 31, 2007, Newsletter Issue #33: When Breast Implant Revision Makes Sense

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Breast implant revision is often necessary to correct imperfections in the appearance or to deal with medical issues which result from a previous breast enhancement surgery. Breast implant revision is an additional surgical procedure which can either refine the previous surgery or correct problems such as capsular contracture.

Some of the cosmetic reasons a patient opts for breast implant revision include asymmetry, dissatisfaction with the location of the implants, larger or smaller implants preferred or dissatisfaction with the overall appearance of the implants. In these cases, the patient may want the breasts to be more symmetrical or may not be happy with the size or location of the breast implants. The patient may wish to undergo an additional surgical procedure to create a preferred appearance. Additionally, some patients simply regret the augmentation procedure and may undergo a breast implant revision to remove the implants.

Capsular contracture is one of the most common medical reasons for breast implant revision. This condition occurs when the tissue surrounding the implant reacts by squeezing the implant. This can lead to a hardening of the implanted, a distorted physical appearance and pain. In these cases, the patient will likely opt for breast implant revision to correct the problem. This will likely involve a surgical procedure to remove the implant. In many cases, it will also be necessary to remove some of the surrounding breast tissue as well.

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