Breast Implant Revision Atlanta
Revision Breast Augmentation
At Killingsworth Center for Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, we offer breast implant revision to correct the results of a previous breast augmentation procedure. Breast implant surgery is among the most popular plastic surgery procedures among American women. Over time, though, some women become dissatisfied with the results of their breast surgery. Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, specializes in revision breast augmentation to help patients achieve the breast enhancement results they always dreamed of.*
WHAT IS REVISION BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Women choose breast surgery for many personal reasons, and when having a cosmetic procedure performed, no woman expects to be unsatisfied with the results. Feeling beautiful is very important, and at Killingsworth Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Killingsworth offers breast revision surgery to help change whatever is required to correct the problems or concerns you have with your breasts. While, in most cases, breast augmentation surgery is carefully planned and accurately carried out, changes can occur over time that require surgical revision. The changes can be a result of problems with the actual breast implants themselves, or they can be natural changes to breast tissue due to aging, childbirth, or weight fluctuations.
Dr. Killingsworth advises his patients that breast implants are not guaranteed for life, and secondary surgery may be needed at some point in a breast augmentation patient.* Some women grow tired of the size of their implants. According to statistics from the FDA, switching to a larger size implant accounts for over a third of all breast revision surgeries in the United States. Many women considering breast augmentation fear that their breasts will be too large so they opt for smaller implants and when the post-operative swelling subsides, they wish they had larger breasts. For some older patients, women who had breast implants placed when they were younger are now at a different place in their life, and they want their implants removed.
Whether you are unhappy with the results from a prior breast enhancement procedure, or you desire a different look or size, Dr. Killingsworth can perform breast implant replacement surgery to address your issues and give you the desired results you expect and deserve.* During your consultation, Dr. Killingsworth will evaluate your particular situation to determine the best way to correct your specific problem(s).
In some cases, your breast implant revision surgery will involve replacing the saline or silicone gel implants by removing them, letting them heal, and basically starting the breast augmentation procedure completely over.
WHY UNDERGO BREAST IMPLANT REVISION SURGERY?*
Some of the common reasons women seek revision breast surgery include:
- Implant Volume/Size: Some patients are unhappy with their breast size following breast augmentation and can undergo revision surgery to correct these concerns. With saline implants, Dr. Killingsworth can add or remove saline to adjust breast size and improve symmetry. If you have silicone or gel implants, the volume is long-lasting and a new implant is required.*
- Capsular Contracture: Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue surrounding the breast implant (the capsule) becomes unusually hard and creates distortion. The formation of scar tissue around a foreign object is part of your body’s natural healing process. However, if the capsule grows too thick and hardens, it can lead to pain, as well as a misshapen appearance. There are four grades of capsular contracture. In severe cases, you may need to have your breast implants removed and replaced.
- Symmastia: Symmastia occurs when skin and muscle over the breastbone is cut or removed, causing breast implants to fall towards the center of the chest. This is also known as a “uniboob,” as the implants come together to form unnatural-looking cleavage. Symmastia can occur when breast implants are placed either under the muscle or under the gland. There are numerous surgical techniques to repair symmastia and restore natural-looking shape.
- Bottoming Out: “Bottoming out” refers to breast asymmetries caused by a low inframammary fold. When this occurs, the nipples are positioned too high and the inframammary crease is too low, which can lead to an unnatural appearance. Bottoming out is common in patients who have very thin breast tissue. Corrective breast surgery can reposition the inframammary fold higher and reinforce the lower breast area to raise the breasts to a more youthful-looking position.
- Ruptured Implants: Over time, breast implants may rupture due to a variety of circumstances. The breast implant may be underfilled, which can lead to friction; this can weaken the implant and cause a tear. Overfilling can also lead to a rupture, as the implant shell stretches and tears over time. Accidental trauma to the breast can also result in an implant rupture. Common signs of an implant tear include a decrease in breast size, asymmetry, pain, and swelling.
- Lateral Displacement: Lateral displacement occurs when your implants fall too much to the sides (towards the armpits). This is often observed when patients are lying down. Corrective surgery can be performed to keep your breast implants in their correct position and prevent displacement.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR REVISION BREAST AUGMENTATION?
The first step in your breast revision surgery is to determine if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. Dr. Killingsworth will discuss your options for breast implant replacement, providing professional guidance to help you have realistic expectations for your revision breast augmentation. He takes the time to understand what you like and dislike about your first breast augmentation surgery, and also describes how he will correct any flaws that stem from your previous breast implant procedure.*
HOW IS BREAST IMPLANT REVISION PERFORMED?
The exact kind of breast revision surgery Dr. Killingsworth performs on you will be based on the condition(s) you are looking to correct. The healing process for breast revision surgery will depend on the type of surgery you have, and the recovery will typically involve some degree of bruising and swelling. Pain and discomfort can be controlled with medication and patients should not engage in strenuous activities for at least six weeks following breast implant replacement surgery. You will be instructed to take special care to protect your breasts from harm, and many patients are able to return work seven to ten days after their procedure.*
HOW MUCH DOES REVISION BREAST AUGMENTATION IN ATLANTA COST?
Revision breast augmentation is a surgery that Dr. Killingsworth recommends to women who are dissatisfied with the results of their initial breast implant surgery. Surgical interventions for breast implant revision are very individualized, so the cost varies. Once we know the extent of your breast implant replacement, we provide a complete cost of the procedure. We accept payments by cash, personal check, and credit card, and you can apply for financing through CareCredit® or Alphaeon® Credit.
HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH BREAST IMPLANT REVISION IN ATLANTA?
Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and his staff of plastic surgery professionals would be happy to help you set up a personal consultation to discuss revision breast augmentation in more detail. Contact our Atlanta office at 678.208.6008, our Cumming, GA office at 678.400.0302, or request an appointment online today.