What to Do When Breast Augmentation Goes Wrong
Most of the time, breast augmentation goes off without a hitch. The surgery is successful, the patient is happy with the results, and there are no surgical complications. Despite its high success rate, there are established solutions for when breast augmentation does go wrong. If you experience a breast augmentation surgical complication such as bottoming out, capsular contracture, or one of the others listed below, Dr. Andrés Taleisnik can correct the issue with breast revision surgery and restore the appearance and shape of your breasts.
As with any surgery, breast augmentation carries a slight risk of surgical complications. Most of these complications have less than a 15 percent chance of occurring, but Dr. Taleisnik offers breast revision surgery for those women who are in need. Here are some of the most common types of surgical complications for which Dr. Taleisnik performs breast revision surgery:
- Anatomical Implants: If an anatomical implant shifts or rotates after insertion, it may cause the breast to appear distorted.
- Bottoming Out: If the tissues of the lower part of the breasts stretch too much, the implants settle too low. This creates the appearance of unusually high nipples and areolas with a loss in upper breast fullness.
- Capsular Contracture: If the tissue capsule that forms around the implant becomes excessively thick and tight, it squeezes the implant and causes the breast to feel hard or cold. Capsular contracture may be associated with noticeable distortion, implant shifting, breast asymmetry, and pain.
- Double Bubble Deformity: If the breast tissues sag and hang below the implant or if the implant sags below the breast crease, it creates the appearance of a lower bulge beneath the breast known as double bubble deformity.
- Implant Positioning: Implant malposition can occur because of a poorly performed initial breast augmentation or because of implant shifting over time.
- Ruptured Implant: If either of your breast implants rupture, your implants will need to be replaced. Ruptured implants can lead to breast asymmetry as well as capsular contracture.
- Size Change: While not exactly a surgical complication, some women may be unhappy with the size of their implants. This dissatisfaction may arise immediately after surgery or after many years.
- Symmastia: If the implant pockets are not well-defined, one or both implants may shift toward the center of the chest. As a result, the breasts are no longer distinctly defined.
Breast Revision Surgery
Surgical complications are not common after breast augmentation, but if they do occur, there is no need to worry. Dr. Taleisnik can usually improve all of these issues with breast revision surgery. The details of your procedure will be based on which complication has occurred. For example, in the event of bottoming out or double bubble deformity, correction may include a partial or full breast lift to tighten the lower breast tissues and breast pocket. If capsular contracture has occurred, a capsulectomy or capsulotomies must be performed to remove or disrupt the hardened scar tissue. Ruptured silicone implants may require the removal of loose silicone gel in addition to the implant and any hardened tissue. While some women may choose to have their breast implants removed entirely during breast revision surgery, most have their implants replaced with new ones. Dr. Taleisnik will advise you based on your situation and will use breast revision as a way to help you achieve the best results for your needs and desires.
Breast revision surgery is a solution for the small percentage of women who experience rare complications after breast augmentation. Schedule your consultation for breast revision surgery with Dr. Taleisnik by calling (714) 538-8549 or by filling out our online contact form today.