- Capsulectomy or Excision of capsule for hardness
- Change of Implant Pocket
- Excessive Cleavage Gap
- Symmastia or “Mono-Breast” or “Uni-Boob” or “Kissing Implants”
Poor outcome after breast surgery is devastating and can cause the patient severe psychological issues. Our doctors have a great deal of experience in correcting post breast augmentation complications. Almost half of patients seeking breast augmentation for the first time can get a good result by any surgeon. The other half need a Plastic surgeon with a very specific knowledge of breast variations and wide variety of technique.
Our doctors enjoy helping patients with complicated primary breast augmentation, implant exchange or malposition, or implant failure. His practice is dedicated to performing revisional surgery on patients who have received poor outcome or have had implants for 10 years and or more are due to have them changed.
Most of these unsatisfactory outcomes occur as a result of poor patient selection, technique and/or implant selection. Furthermore, other problems can occur as a result of poor healing and capsule contracture due to patient’s lifestyle. Please note that the fees/cost for corrective surgery are higher than primary augmentation.
For poor scarring such as Hypertrophic scar or Keloid. Prior to scar revision our doctors,recommend the Scitonlaser technology to improve the quality of the scar. Failing the latter then formal surgery on the scar by re-cutting and suturing will certainly improve the scar.
Simple Exchange of Implants
For size issues (usually for bigger size) or content (usually Saline To Gel)
Correction of “Double-Bubble” syndrome
This is a condition where the implant and the native breast are in completely different anatomical levels. Routine subpectoral mammary augmentation in women with a small breast lower pole deficiency often results in poor late results with the appearance of a double-bubble deformity. The surgical correction is complex and requires the need for a series of a. excision of breast tissue, b. pocket adjustment or capsulorrhaphy and c. exchange of implants or any combination of the above.
Reconstruction after Removal Of Infected Implant
Implant infection is extremely rare but as this overseas breast job demonstrates they can occur.
Correction of Breast Implant Bottoming Out
This condition is a form of Implant migration. Although can be seen with all types of augmentation it is more common with violation of natural mammary crease of the breast and/or too large of an implant.
Replacement of Ruptured Implant
Capsulectomy or Excision of capsule for hardness
It is not fully understood the reason for this occurrence of this condition. Capsular hardening or contracture is more common in certain ethnic groups such as Asians and Africans. It can however affect any racial group. The hardening is caused by excessive scar tissue forming around the implants. It can occur as early as 6 weeks after surgery and as late as 10 years. The best way of preventing this is to massage the augmented breasts in the postoperative period so the capsule forms softly around the implant. The breast hardening process or capsular contracture can have both cosmetic and pain implications.
Capsulectomy operation removes the hard capsule and the new implants are inserted in a fresh pocket preferably behind the pectoralis muscle. In these situations the use of Polyurethane coated implants are recommended.
Change of Implant Pocket
There are many reasons why one would opt for change of implant pocket.
- Rippling and Implant Edge Visibility are hard to get rid of. One sure way is for the patient to be a small amount of weight around her breasts. Exchange of implant to smooth high filled implant &/or going behind the muscle also can be very helpful maneuvers.
- Placing the implant behind the Pectoralis muscle can create an issue namely “winking”. In most patients this is not a major issue but in some women with strong muscles, flexing the Pectoralis Major muscle can create a pull effect that may look undesirable. I normally recommend no surgery for this condition, but some may want to opt to have the implant placed in front of the muscle.
- Implant Pocket Re-adjustment or Capsulorrhaphy
Implant Malposition & Displacement: Migration can occur from time to time usually in patients that exercise excessively. If the condition doesn’t respond to taping then a formal pocket re-adjustment or new pocket formation needs to take place.
Excessive Cleavage Gap
Between breasts creating eg “Tori Spelling” & “Posh Spice” boobs. This condition usually arises from poor choice of implant and inadequate submuscular dissection.
By further dissection and appropriate use of a broader based implant this condition can be improved. Please note that some women are prone to having this issue as a result of the poor curvature of their chest wall.
Symmastia or “Mono-Breast” or “Uni-Boob” or “Kissing Implants”
This condition is described where there is no cleavage or very tight cleavage. Patients can be born with this condition or acquire it after Breast Augmentation.
If apparent immediately after breast augmentation it occurs as a result of overdissection centrally and/or use of very large based implant so that the implants are left too close in the middle. It can also develop months later but overzealous use of “push-up” bras creating thinning of tissue centrally. Eitherway the condition of Symmastia is very distressing to patients.
Surgical treatment is possible but needs complex re-adjustment of the pockets using permanent suture technique and smaller size implants with narrower base.
In Mild cases a Thong Bra maybe all that is needed and avoiding push up bras.
In Moderate cases if the implants are submuscular the choices are either to suture down the tissues centrally with permanent sutures and dissect the pocket laterally so the implants have room to shift outwards. If the implants are subglandular the implants need to be placed in a new submuscular pocket.
In Severe cases the implants have to be removed for 6-12 months and replaced after pocket healing has taken place.
Post operatively ALL patients need to wear a Special Bra for 3 months with no activity.
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