Most women who undergo breast augmentation enjoy their implants for many years. Some Baton Rouge women, though, later decide they want to adjust their look—either for aesthetic or medical reasons. This adjustment surgery, breast augmentation revision, is a trusted procedure, but our patients often have many questions about it. In this blog post, we’ll answer a few of these common questions and explain why there’s nothing to fear from the procedure.
What is breast augmentation revision?
Breast augmentation revision is a surgery that adjusts or removes breast implants. Some women choose revision when they would like to change the size and shape of their implants or correct complications from previous surgeries. Implant revision can also include add-ons such as a breast lift to reduce the appearance of sagging skin. Breast augmentation revision is not “required” on any timeline and can be chosen when you and your doctor see fit.
Revision is slightly more complex than an initial breast augmentation due to the presence of scar tissue around the implant. For this reason, it’s important to find a board-certified surgeon who has experience with the procedure.
Do breast implants expire?
Many women undergo revision to exchange older implants, but there’s no strict breast implant “expiration date.” Saline and silicone implants typically last for around 10 to 15 years. However, up to 20% of women have their implants removed or replaced before that time frame.
The reasons for implant exchange vary from wanting to upgrade to a newer implant model to wanting a new look that better suits their current lifestyle. You don’t need to worry about replacing “expired” models. Updating your implants is up to your personal taste.
When do you need breast augmentation revision?
As long as you’re happy with the size, shape, and location of your implants, there is no reason to remove them. Breast implants only need to be removed if you experience physical complications. A few signs you may need to replace your implants include:
- Rupture: Saline implants shrink in size when they leak, while silicone ruptures are harder to detect. An exam or MRI can identify silicone ruptures and let you know if implant exchange is required.
- Hardening: Some patients develop thick scar tissue around one or both of their implants. This condition makes the breast feel uncomfortably firm and tight. Augmentation removal corrects this side effect.
- Change in location: Implants sometimes shift within their tissue “pocket.” If one breast hangs unusually low or if your nipples are pointing in different directions, it may be due to shifting.
There are many reasons women may want to consider breast augmentation revision at some point in their lives. By paying attention to your body and choosing implants that suit your goals, you can keep enjoying beautiful results for years to come.
If you’re interested in replacing your implants after breast augmentation, our Baton Rouge practice is here to help. Request a consultation online or call our helpful office staff at (225) 399-0001.