Ready for a Change
Revision surgery, implant exchange, or breast revision. Whatever you call it, Dr. Albert at the Optimization Centre in Boca Raton helps many patients with these procedures to correct problems. Only through meaningful, honest collaboration can we obtain an optimal result. If it is a patient that is dissatisfied with her breast augmentation, it is usually related to implants being asymmetric, implants too big or too small, poor scarring, and/or the implants being too low or too far to the side.
If it is a patient is dissatisfied after a breast lift and augmentation, then they may have the above problems, as well as very bad scarring and very bad implant positioning, including capsular contracture. Remember, the only way to optimize results is through open discussion and collaboration. Oftentimes, patients come to the Optimization Centre after a very emotional parting with their previous plastic surgeon. When you’re ready, give Dr. Albert in Boca Raton a call to set up a breast revision consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Albert will explore all surgical alternatives for your breast revision.
Breast augmentation features one of the highest satisfaction rates of any cosmetic procedure, but problems can arise, such as the formation of excessive scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), wrinkling, rupture, or asymmetry. Or sometimes, patients simply decide they’d like their implants to be a different size or completely removed, for personal or health reasons. Breast revision is a surgical procedure designed to correct unsatisfactory results or problems from previous augmentation surgery.
In revision surgery with Dr. Albert, the goal is to correct a problem such as capsular contracture or rippling. Also, revision surgery is the term for replacing leaking or ruptured implants. There are a variety of reasons a woman would choose to have revision surgery. Generally, revision procedures are more complex. These complex breast procedures require a plastic surgeon’s knowledge, expertise, and board certification… a surgeon like Dr. Albert, who listens to his patients’ goals and requests.
Breast revision surgery is designed to treat a number of common issues that can affect women following their breast augmentation:
Breast revision surgery is a specialty procedure and needs to be specifically tailored to the patient’s aesthetic goals and desires. This surgery should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-trained and experienced in all types of breast surgery.
Restore Your Confidence
It can be difficult to feel confident in your appearance when a complication or other issues arise after a breast augmentation procedure. Complications can cause your breasts to lose their attractive aesthetics, causing some women to feel more self-conscious than they did before surgery. Breast revision surgery can restore your confidence and overall improve your breast appearance. If you’re unhappy with your implants or if you have a problem with them, you’re a candidate for these revision/exchange procedures with Dr. Albert.
Uniquely Tailored for You
Dr. Albert can often use your original incisions for implant removal and replacement. If you opt for larger implants, he enlarges the breast pocket holding the implant. If there has been capsular contracture, he will remove the hardened capsule (scar tissue) along with the implant before placing the new implant. Where there has been rippling, changing the implant type may solve the problem, or placing the implants in a different breast pocket with more muscle coverage may be needed. This may involve the implant placement from moving above the pectoral muscle to beneath the muscle; this is a somewhat more involved procedure.
Obviously, the goal for patients who have capsular contracture or implant rupture is to remove the old implants and replace them. In cases of wrinkling of the implant that shows on the breast surface (which usually only happens with saline implants), Dr. Albert will change the breast pocket, possibly even moving the implants behind the chest muscle if they were atop the pectoral muscle before. For some of these procedures, there isn’t anything wrong with the patient’s implants, but there are reasons for wanting to switch them out. Here are some of those reasons:
Many women have augmentation, but once the implants have fully settled into the breast pocket, they realize they would have liked to have chosen larger implants. Some women, of course, opt to go smaller.
If a woman had augmentation prior to having a child, the breast tissue likely has sagged and she’s not happy with the changes to her implants. Larger implants can add volume and change things. A patient may opt to have their breasts lifted at the same time.
There are various factors that impact how a woman’s breasts feel with implants: silicone versus saline, the volume of the implants, projection, capsular contraction, and whether the implants were placed under the pectoral muscle or above it.
Changing the projection, shape, saline versus silicone, or even the manufacturer can all be reasons for an exchange.
Older implants may not look the same now that your breasts have descended, and implant technology has changed over time. Different implant types can address the changes you don’t like.
These recoveries are usually easier than those with your initial augmentation procedure. Most women can return to work in just two or three days after revision surgery. If Dr. Albert performs a breast lift along with your implant exchange (usually a necessity if you have breast sagging (ptosis)), your recovery will be in line with that of a breast lift. The goal of any revision procedure is to correct the problems, such as asymmetry, or to make the exchange of the implants.
New & Improved Look
After three months have passed, once the swelling has gone down, you should be able to see the first signs of your new and improved look. After a year, the full effects of your breast revision should become obvious. Depending on the specifics of your revised treatment plan, your outcomes could last as long as ten years. Age-related changes to breast tissue are inevitable; nevertheless, protecting your breast revision results from the sun by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoiding direct sunlight will help. At the Optimization Centre in Boca Raton, breast revision with Dr. Albert means an ethical consultation with a surgeon who cares about your well-being. He will review your case and help you find the optimal solution for you, whether it is surgery or another treatment option. Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Albert and our team at the Optimization Centre.
Dr. Albert advises patients looking to have him perform a revision procedure to wait three months to a year before opting to make a change. This allows any swelling to fully subside and for the implants to settle.
It is clear that Dr. Albert cares about his patients and takes the time to tailor his procedures to their individual requirements. Several criteria, including the degree of your revision and your preference for implants will determine the cost of your treatment. The doctor will lay out a full treatment plan and cost for the surgery during your consultation.
Insurance plans often do not cover cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of the breast. However, you should talk to your insurance company before making any medical decisions. For your convenience, Optimization Centre accepts a variety of payment methods and even provides financing.
Dr. Albert has heard from patients about advertisements and has heard other plastic surgeon radio advertisements asking women to have their implants taken out. There has been an increase in calls to our office as a result, and these women are very distraught and confused. They are right to be confused. It is not right that a few plastic surgeons are putting this idea in women's minds that removing implants will cure a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, and muscle aches. As plastic surgeons, we should always listen, be empathetic and compassionate for our patients, and certainly not recommend or scare our patients into a procedure. Recommending a non-scientific intervention for financial reward is beyond unethical and is uncalled for.
Yet, there are reasons that implants should be removed. Besides cosmetic reasons or some women deciding they don’t want their implants anymore, there is a condition called BIA-ALCL that is related to textured implants. A possible sign of the development of ALCL is fluid collecting around the implant. The suggestion from implant companies is an examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon and a full workup. If there is no persistent fluid or pain, then the patient may elect to not have them removed.
In Dr. Albert’s practice, most patients would rather remove the possibility of ALCL developing and have their implants exchanged. In summary, we all make an informed decision after all of the scenarios have been adequately and fully reviewed. Dr. Albert also offers patients the option of GlaFLEX: an internal bra that helps support the implant following revision surgery. GalaFLEX gives patients a beautiful, lifted look that is more in line with their expectations.
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