How Breast Revision Surgery Supports Breast Implant Safety
Breast revision surgery is an intricate procedure. It is a surgery that requires attention to detail, specialized planning, and meticulous surgical skills. If you think you need breast revision surgery, it is important to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon trained in performing this specific type of surgery. Dr. Steven Ringler has more than 35 years of experience and understands what is required to execute a successful breast revision surgery. Whether you want to change the appearance of your breast implants, have encountered post-operative problems, or are concerned about breast implant safety, Dr. Ringler can help you achieve new, beautiful results.
Why Breast Revision Surgery?
Women pursue breast revision surgery for a variety of reasons. The causes vary from woman to woman, and can even be impacted by the type of breast implant originally chosen. Dr. Ringler explains:
“Our Grand Rapids breast revision is performed to correct a previous breast surgery. The following are common reasons Michigan women request this procedure:
- Your body has changed since your original surgery.
- You are not happy with the cosmetic results of your original surgery.
- Your doctor recommends replacing your implants.
- You have experienced complications from your original surgery, such as capsular contracture, marked wrinkling and rippling, or implant malposition.
Whether you have experienced changes to your breasts over time, the status of your implants themselves have changed, or you’re simply unhappy with your prior surgical outcome, revisional breast surgery can achieve the natural look and feel you desire.”
Breast Implant Options and the Safety of Silicone Implants
Before breast revision surgery, a woman will need to select a specific type of breast implant to replace her original implants. Dr. Ringler makes sure to educate his patients on all their options, going over any potential risks and breast implant safety as well. As part of his commitment to providing the very latest in implant technology, Dr. Ringler offers three different types of breast implants including saline, silicone gel, and the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants. IDEAL IMPLANTS were designed to address the worry some women have about the safety of silicone implants. Using no silicone gel, IDEAL IMPLANTS are made up of a series of implant shells nested together that hold two separate chambers filled with saline. The use of saline means no risk of “silent rupture”, a complication that requires breast revision surgery.
When Breast Revision Surgery is Necessary
All women receiving breast implants can experience complications following breast augmentation surgery, no matter the type of breast implant. Implant rupture and capsular contracture are conditions that need to be corrected by breast revision surgery to maintain breast implant safety.
Implant Rupture – When women think about the safety of silicone implants, a common concern is the idea of experiencing a “silent rupture”. When a silicone gel implant develops a tear or hole, sticky silicone gel begins to leak from the implant. This can go unnoticed and undetected for years, allowing the gel to get trapped in surrounding tissues. Breast revision surgery is needed to remove the escaped silicone gel and replace the implants. When a saline or IDEAL IMPLANT ruptures, a woman will know right away due to a slight deflation to the implant. Plus, the body can harmlessly absorb the sterile saltwater solution until the implant is replaced.
Capsular Contracture – This condition occurs when the body forms scar tissue around an implant causing the breasts to become hard or misshapen. While capsular contracture is not typically an issue of urgent breast implant safety, breast revision surgery is the way to correct the problem.
Are You Ready for Breast Revision Surgery?
Because breast revision is a highly technical procedure, Dr. Ringler is dedicated to helping his patients determine the best route for their individual needs and situation. He suggests:
“Heredity, hormonal shifts, weight fluctuations, and aging can all result in changes to the size, shape, and overall look of your breast implants. In addition, implants are not lifetime devices. As time passes, it may be recommended to replace them. In all of these cases, a breast revision may be necessary. Michigan women who are not happy with the appearance, function, or feel of their breasts following a previous breast surgery may choose to undergo a breast revision. This procedure may be in your best interest if:
- You can clearly define why you want the surgery
- You understand what revisional breast surgery can and cannot accomplish
- You accept the potential risks of breast surgery and your responsibilities as a patient
- You are healthy, emotionally stable, and secure
- You have realistic expectations and are willing to accept minor asymmetries”
To understand more about breast revision surgery and breast implant safety, watch the educational video below.
Breast Implant Safety with Dr. Ringler
If you think you need breast revision surgery, Dr. Ringler will take the time to address your concerns and answer your questions. He can also help you understand your breast implant options if you are worried about the safety of silicone implants. Whether you are unhappy with how your breast implants look and feel, or you need to fix a post-operative complication, you can achieve your aesthetic goals with the help of Dr. Ringler! Contact the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today to set up a no-obligation consultation. Call 616-328-8800 today!