Breast Implant Revision Surgery
While it is not always true that "breast implants have to be done every ten years," the timeline for breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty) surgery often goes something like this:
In her early twenties, a woman undergoes breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty) to enhance her figure.
In her thirties she goes on to have a family.
By her mid thirties to forties she is done childbearing. After gaining and losing weight and breast tissue with pregnancies, she finds that her once-perky breasts are deflated and sagging. If saline implants were used, they are probably starting to ripple on the sides, or capsular contracture (hardening of the scar tissue around the implants) may have set in.
Therefore, it is common for women who have had breast implants for a significant length of time throughout childbearing to find that their breast implants no longer look the way they should.
Whatever your reason, Dr. Trott can help you achieve your goals of restoring your breasts so they look and feel as good as they did with that first augmentation surgery. Each of her breast revision surgery procedures is customized to the individual patient.
Breast Implant Revision FAQ's
Q) Do I have to remove ruptured silicone implants?
A) Today’s silicone implants are Third Generation. They are a cohesive silicone, with a consistency much like Jell-O, though fortunately not truly as hard as a gummi bear. The silicone implants from the 1980s era that caused the big scare which sent everyone to remove them were Second Generation implants, with a silicone that was more liquid and runny. These implants also had a thinner shell and a much higher rupture rate than the ones today.
When a second-generation implant ruptures, the silicone will first collect inside the capsule of scar tissue. If the capsule tears, then the silicone will seep into the breast tissue. There is no danger to your health in having ruptured silicone implants. However, it is recommended that even if the silicone is contained within the capsule (intracapsular rupture) the implants be changed out at some point to prevent it from becoming extracapsular rupture. An MRI is the best study to get if you are concerned about your breast implants.
Today’s silicone implants not only have a much lower rupture rate, but the silicone stays inside the solid outer shell, so that extracapsular rupture into the breast tissue itself has become a thing of the past.
Q) Will insurance pay for my breast implant revision?
A) If you have a true capsular contracture, your insurance company may pay for some of the implant removal, but will not pay for the implants to be replaced since this is considered a cosmetic procedure.
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