Breast augmentation leads the list when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Since 1961, when the first of the silicone breast implants were created, women have flocked to cosmetic surgeons to request this procedure. The basic silicone implant was modified in 1982, but years later, studies by the FDA concluded that a substance found in some silicone implants could break down while in the body and possibly form a carcinogen. Many surgeons subsequently switched to the use of saline implants.
Why consider revision surgery?
- Perhaps you have had your implants for a short time but are not happy with the results: They may be too small or too large; there may be some visual rippling of your breast tissue or the pocket containing the implant may have stretched slightly. It is also possible that the implant may have deflated or ruptured making a secondary surgery necessary.
- If you are one of the many women who chose breast augmentation surgery early on, you may not have anticipated having a second surgery – a revision surgery – on your breasts. Breast implants are not meant to last a lifetime. The warranty on most breast implants is about ten years. So, it’s common that some secondary surgery will be necessary at some point.
You would be a good revision candidate if:
• You want to change your breast or implant size.
• There is a tightening of the scar tissue surrounding your implant. This is known as capsular contracture.
• Your implants have shifted.
• Your nipples seem too high or too low.
• Your implants have deflated.
• An MRI suggests your implant may have a leak.
• Your breast tissue has changed due to weight gain or loss.
Dr. Silverman can make it possible for you to be happy with your breasts – again. His goal is to restore the youthful contours and appearance of your breasts.
If you have concerns, questions about your implants or would like to know more, call our office to request a consultation appointment. We look forward to meeting and consulting with you: (617) 965-9500.