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Breast Revision Surgery (and What We Do to Prevent It)

Complications from breast augmentation surgery are rare, but we do see them at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey. The overwhelming majority of our breast augmentation patients enjoy their implants for many years, but occasionally we see patients from other practices that have developed a complication and require additional or revision surgery to fix it.

Revision surgery can involve replacing the original pair of implants with a new pair, or simply removing them altogether. Because it is a costly and time-consuming experience, our plastic surgeons do everything we can when planning and placing implants to prevent the need for future revision surgery. Here are a few steps that can be taken to avoid breast augmentation complications requiring revision surgery.

Choice of Surgeon

If you have chosen a breast augmentation surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Group of New Jersey, you have already lowered your risk of developing complications and needing additional surgery. Although certain complications arise due to no fault of the patient or surgeon, the risk of problems is significantly reduced when a board certified, experienced plastic surgeon performs the operation.

Choice of Proper Implant Size

Implant size is another factor that can affect the risk of complications. Breast implants that are too big for the native breast tissue are at risk of shifting position over time. They could possibly “bottom out,” a complication that happens when the natural breast tissue thins along the lower pole of the breast, and the implant migrates below the breast crease. Therefore, it is important to select an implant size that will give you the results you desire but is appropriate for your body and existing breast tissue.

Meticulous Dissection of the Implant Pocket

Bottoming out can occur if the native breast tissue thins and also if the breast pocket — the space the implant is placed in at the time of surgery — is too big. The pocket should be tight enough to hug the implant and keep it in its proper space. If the pocket is too large, this enables the implant to shift around, possibly below the breast crease. Our plastic surgeons are careful to dissect the implant pocket to the appropriate dimensions during breast augmentation, as we know how it important this step is.

Learn More about Breast Implants

If you would like more information about how our surgeons reduce the risk of breast implant complications, please call (973) 233-1933 or email us today and request a consultation.