The vast majority of cosmetic breast surgeries are performed without a hitch, and the patients are genuinely pleased with the results. However, circumstances occasionally arise wherein another surgery is desired to alter the results of the first procedure (usually a breast augmentation using implants), due to human error, unanticipated implant malfunctions, or a change in the patient’s aesthetic preferences.
Secondary and tertiary surgeries require an even higher level of precision and care, as breast tissue may be thinned and weakened by previous procedures, and excess scar tissue may already be present.
Revising Previous Surgical Errors
Unfortunately, patients who have breast augmentations performed by surgeons who lack the necessary experience all too often find themselves with results far worse than the problems they sought to address in the first place.
A common mistake is implant malposition, which occurs when the implants are inserted in the incorrect position in the breasts, so that they are too close together along the chest’s midline, too far apart, located too high so they ride up, or too low, causing a saggy appearance. They can also be implanted unevenly, causing an unnatural, asymmetrical look. Other times, the nipple and areola are placed incorrectly and must be altered again.
Implant Malfunctions And Other Issues
While they are very rare, implant malfunctions do occur when, for reasons beyond the control of the operating surgeon, the implant fails to perform as expected. Some of the most common malfunctions include:
This occurs when scar tissue builds up at the surgery site, hardening around the implant. Doctors are unclear on exactly what causes this to happen in some cases but not in others, and it is the condition most commonly addressed by revision breast surgery.
Implant Deflation or Rupture
Very rarely, an implant will simply be faulty and will rupture and fail after being surgically inserted. Other times, an implant may be over-or underinflated, causing it to either burst or slowly deflate. When sutures from the initial surgery are inadvertently placed directly up against the implant, they can slowly wear at the implant, causing it to prematurely break down. Typically, an implant can be expected to last around 10 years.
Changes to Patient’s Body
If a patient gains or loses a significant amount of weight, becomes pregnant, or breastfeeds during the time following a breast augmentation or similar procedure, it can affect the positioning and balance of the implants.
Changes in Aesthetic Goals
Oftentimes, a breast augmentation is executed perfectly, but the patient simply changes their mind and prefers a different look – this can mean increasing the size of the implant, or removing it altogether.
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At NYBG Plastic Surgery, we want to understand your unique aesthetic goals and find the best methods to help you achieve them. We understand that you may be wary after undergoing a procedure that didn’t work out exactly as you’d planned, so your comfort will be our number one priority. Contact us to learn more.