Many breast enhancement patients strive to achieve their personal best not only when it comes to physical appearance, but in all aspects of their lives. When a patient isn’t happy with the results she achieved with another surgeon, it’s not surprising that she would consider breast augmentation revision. At my Toronto practice, I offer a range of options for customizing procedures to meet the exact needs of every patient.
There are a number of reasons a patient may consider breast augmentation revision, suchas capsular contracture, deflated implant(s), defective implants such as PIP breast implants, or simply a desire to change the shape or size of her implants. For example, it is unfortunately not uncommon for patients to opt for overly large implants the first go round. This may cause drooping or sagging that they subsequently wish to correct. During each consultation, I spend one-on-one time with the patient to ensure I understand the reasoning behind wanting surgery. Patients may find they are unhappy with their original results, but they aren’t sure exactly how to fix the problem, and that is where a detailed consultation can help.
The first step toward a revision should be choosing a qualified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing breast augmentation revision. He or she will be able to explain why the first procedure was unsuccessful and how a different surgical approach can correct cosmetic and functional issues. I typically opt for a different breast implant placement from the original procedure, as a different “pocket” for the implant can often correct some of the problems that occurred with the first surgery, and like most plastic surgeons I prefer inframammary incisions for revision patients, as this allows me to see the previous implant and surgical site well. Also, I choose the most natural-looking breast implant size, shape, and material based on a thorough analysis of the initial procedure and an understanding of the patient’s body type and cosmetic goals.
Other considerations, such as whether a patient should combine augmentation with a breast lift, will be discussed during the initial consultation.