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Revision Breast Augmentation

Model - Revision Breast AugmentationBreast implants can be removed and, if desired, replaced during breast augmentation revision surgery. At his Toledo, Ohio, practice, Dr. Craig Colville specializes in breast augmentation revision procedures for women who underwent surgery elsewhere. Cases can range from older implants that need replacing to more complex issues needing correction. The vast majority of women are satisfied after getting breast implants, but complications and other circumstances sometimes require a secondary procedure.

If you've got questions about your implants, or are considering replacing your implants with newer ones, request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Colville, or call (419) 534-6551 to schedule an appointment. He serves women from cities near Toledo including Holland and Bowling Green, as well as Ann Arbor and Monroe, MI.

When Should I Consider Breast Augmentation Revision?

Thorough pre-operative planning, discussion, and execution of breast augmentation surgery will lead to successful results in the vast majority of cases. Changes can occur over time, however, leading to the consideration to undergo revision surgery. Breast implant revision is an option if you have older implants that you wish to have replaced with more modern ones. Implant position or breast fold location may be corrected at this time. Some of the common reasons for revision surgery include:

  • To increase or decrease the size of the implants
  • To change from saline to silicone implants
  • To correct sagging breasts
  • To correct the malposition of implants

Complications can also occur at any time, requiring correction. Either the breasts are uneven or asymmetrical or the implant isn't correctly positioned. Other women notice changes in the shape, size, or volume of their breasts. Changes occur because of aging, weight fluctuations, or stretched skin.

Craig W. Colville, MD, FACS

"My ultimate goal is to design a plan accommodating your wishes and desires in the most aesthetically pleasing manner possible."

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General anesthesia is normally used when removing breast implants. Dr. Colville is generally able to use the original incision to insert the new implant, usually removing scar tissue from the original implant at the same time.

Complex Breast Augmentation Revision

Complex breast implant revision surgery includes removing and replacing breast implants from a previous breast augmentation, often for reasons complicated by other factors. This procedure is required for a number of reasons, including:

  • Capsular contracture or implant hardening
  • Implant leakage
  • Implant has changed position
  • Implant rippling and noticeable feel
  • Asymmetry
  • Symmastia
  • Aging breasts droop away from the implants

Improved augmentation techniques can now correct issues that were impossible to correct 10 years ago. Most, if not all, breast augmentation procedures performed decades ago inserted implants directly behind the breast glands, which is called a subglandular placement. This placement often caused problems, especially for the saline breast implants used at the time. Common problems included capsular contracture, implant rippling, and shifting implant position.

Today, Dr. Colville often recommends a submuscular placement for the implants. In this procedure, he inserts the implants not only behind the breast gland, but also under the pectoral muscle. This technique relies on the muscle for more natural coverage, and to better hold the implant in place while reducing the chances of capsular contracture, according to some studies. (The exact causes of capsular contracture are unknown at the present time.)

In some cases of capsular contracture, Dr. Colville recommends revision surgery with Strattice® — a natural matrix that helps support or reposition the implant or minimize the chances of recurring capsular contracture or other complications.

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