Implant SOS: 3 Warning Signs You Need Breast Augmentation Revision


Implant SOS: 3 Warning Signs You Need Breast Augmentation Revision

Recognizing Signs For Breast Augmentation Revision

Breast augmentation surgery can enhance a woman’s breast size and shape, improving confidence and restoring a once-youthful silhouette. The procedure has high success and satisfaction rates, but sometimes complications can arise. Some normal post-operative symptoms can be confused with complications. Therefore, knowing the signs of an underlying problem is key to getting prompt treatment. If there is a concern, breast augmentation revision may be necessary. Consulting with a plastic surgeon at the first sign of trouble can prevent further complications. Here are 3 potential warning signs that correction surgery is on the horizon.

1. Changes in breast shape or size

If one or both breasts have changed in size or shape, this may be a warning sign of a complication that must be addressed immediately. Sudden changes in shape or size may indicate the implants have deflated or ruptured. Saline implants are more prone to rupture, which can cause a deflated breast over a few days. Silicone implants can also rupture. While harder to notice, hard lumps and an uneven shape can form. Similarly, consider consulting a doctor if one or both breasts do not feel as full as before. Implant deflation or rupture may occur due to various factors such as trauma, an improperly closed valve, or wear and tear, which comes with aging.

2. Severe pain or discomfort in breasts

Keep an eye out for any changes in breast sensation after undergoing breast augmentation surgery. Additionally, the development of breast pain should also be monitored closely. Some degree of numbness or altered sensation in the breasts post-surgery are common and even expected. However, persistent changes in sensation or the onset of pain could indicate an underlying complication. These issues may include nerve damage or implant malposition, which can require revision surgery.

3. Symptoms of capsular contracture

One sign that may indicate the need for breast augmentation revision is capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue forms around the breast implant, leading to the breast becoming firm, painful, and even distorted. Some levels of capsular contracture are normal after breast augmentation surgery. However, severe cases can cause significant discomfort and aesthetic issues.\

What are your treatment options?

Seeking professional evaluation and treatment for breast augmentation revision is crucial to ensure safety, effectiveness, and success. A plastic surgeon can offer expert evaluation, personalized treatment plans, and access to the latest advancements in plastic surgery techniques. The surgeon will deploy the appropriate steps to treat capsular contracture or an implant rupture. Incisions are made in the exact location as the initial surgery. The old implants may be removed, and additional steps may be taken to correct the underlying. Strategies may include adjusting the pocket of the implant, inserting new implants, nipple repositioning, or mastopexy. Early detection and regular follow-up appointments with a qualified surgeon are essential in achieving the best possible results.

Prioritizing breast implant health

Take a proactive and empowered approach to breast implant health. Look for warning signs and seek advice from a plastic surgeon immediately. After breast implant surgery, the medical team will discuss possible complications and when seeking medical attention is necessary. Additionally, women should stay proactive about monitoring and follow-up care, establishing open communication with healthcare teams. By doing so, patients can ensure the long-term success and satisfaction of breast implants.

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