Women who are dissatisfied with the results of their initial breast augmentation can undergo breast implant revision to change implant size. Increasing or decreasing the size of the breast implants is one of the most common reasons that patients pursue revision surgery.
The primary goal is to change or enhance the appearance of the breasts to achieve the patient’s desired results. Dr. Stuart Baker offers this procedure at our Decatur, IL cosmetic practice. Here, we discuss what patients can expect during the treatment process.
Common Reasons for Changing Breast Implant Sizes
Each woman is unique. Consequently, there can be varying reasons why a woman may choose to change her breast implant size.
In some cases, patients may make the decision based on aesthetic preferences. For example, some women wish to go smaller or larger after seeing the results of their initial breast augmentation.
In other cases, patients may choose to change the size of their implants for purely practical reasons. For instance, large breast implants can sometimes place excessive strain on the neck and back.
In addition, there are many other reasons why women may consider changing breast implant size. Those who undergo revision surgery for capsular contracture or rupture sometimes opt to increase or decrease the size of the implants.
Treatment Planning Process
Keep in mind that it can take several months for the post-operative swelling to subside and for the implants to settle into their positions. Therefore, you should wait at least one year after your initial breast augmentation before pursuing revision surgery.
If you are thinking about changing the size of your breast implants, Dr. Baker will see you for a consultation. During this visit, he will assess your current implants and discuss your concerns with you in detail. He can help you determine the appropriate implant size, material, and profile for your body type.
Breast Implant Revision Procedure
In the majority of cases, revision surgery is similar to conventional breast augmentation. To perform this procedure, Dr. Baker will create incisions to access the old implants. Whenever possible, the incisions will be placed over the old ones to minimize the appearance of scarring.
The old implants will be removed, and the new ones will be placed into the breast pocket. If necessary, he will adjust the surrounding tissue. Cases in which women go smaller may require some removal of excess skin.
Finally, the remaining skin is pulled taut and the incisions are closed with sutures.
Though revision surgery may be medically necessary in some cases, women can reduce their aesthetic need for this procedure by choosing the right implant size the first time.
During your initial breast augmentation consultation, talk with your doctor about your breast implant options, including type, size, shape, and profile. He or she can help you make an informed decision based on your personal cosmetic needs.
Contact Our Practice Today
If you are unhappy with the results of your breast augmentation, schedule a visit with Dr. Baker. Give us a call at (217) 877-9439 or (217) 877-9000. You can also contact us online.