Breast Implant Revision Plastic Surgery Risks And SafetyPosted on August 22, 2018
A woman may need a breast revision cosmetic surgery if she wants to have her breast implants replaced or removed because of damage or a change in her personal preferences.
Similar to any other surgical procedure, breast revision surgery also carries some risks of complications.
It is essential for patients to understand that breast revision is usually a more complicated procedure than the original breast implant surgery. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast implant revision to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
Potential Surgical Complications
During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about the possible risks and complications of a breast revision surgery. The patient should diligently follow the surgeon’s pre and post-operative guidelines to minimize these risks. The main complications associated with this surgery are:
- Bacterial infection
- Poor response to anesthesia
- Unwanted scarring
- Undesirable cosmetic result
Breast Implant Removal Risks
Although breast implant removal is typically a more straightforward plastic surgery, it may have to be performed in combination with a breast lift for desirable outcomes. Some rare but significant complications that a patient may face following an implant removal surgery are as follows:
- Sensation loss or change in sensation in the nipple region
The breasts will possibly not look the same as they did prior to the breast implant procedure. There may be some breast deformity and sagginess, especially in case of more substantial implants. If a breast lift is performed along with the breast removal procedure, it can address the undesirable cosmetic outcomes in such cases.
In certain cases, the patient may find that her natural breasts seem smaller following the implant removal than what she recalls.
This may happen due to weight loss or hormonal fluctuations that occurred when the patient underwent the breast augmentation surgery previously. Patients should develop reasonable expectations from the breast removal procedure to attain desirable outcomes.
Breast Implant Replacement Risks
The risks involved in a breast implant replacement surgery are the same as those that are present during the original breast augmentation process. Some rare complications in a breast implant replacement surgery include:
- Implant rupture
- Moving of implant from its position
- Implant rippling
- Capsular contracture
- Altered sensation of the breast
If a woman chooses more significant sized implants for her breast revision surgery, she may undergo more discomfort as her body takes time to acclimatize itself to the new, larger implants. The procedure for the placement of the larger implants will also involve a more intricate and invasive surgical procedure.
The surgeon will have to develop new breast pockets to hold the bigger implants. They may also have to change the placement position of the implants. This can lead to a slight increase in the risk of complications.
A patient should understand that any breast revision surgical procedure involves some level of risk. Therefore, she should seek a replacement procedure only when she experiences a complication or wants to change her breast size.
Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for breast implant revision surgery.