Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the world. Last year alone, over 250,000 women received breast implants. A large percentage of these women will undergo another breast operation in their lifetime, whether it be to exchange the implants, adjust the size, remove scar tissue, or improve the appearance.
These corrective breast procedures are called “revision breast surgery”.
Revision breast surgery is used to correct a variety of problems. Some relate to implant location, such as bottoming out or symmastia. Others are due to a patient’s anatomy, pregnancy, or weight change. Revision may also be required to treat complications such as a hematoma, infection, or capsular contracture.
Most plastic surgeons can put in breast implants. In fact, some doctors who are not even board-certified plastic surgeons are doing so. The basic procedure is not that difficult.
However, what is difficult is recognizing the subtle details of a patient’s anatomy and tissue characteristics, analyzing her breast measurements, selecting the correct breast implant, and performing the operation to perfection with minimal trauma and no complications. Such expertise can only be acquired through proper training and years of experience.
Even in the best surgical hands, some things are beyond our control. Over time, skin may stretch, scar tissue develops, or gravity and childbirth can take its toll. As a result, many women with breast implants will eventually need a revision.
Revision breast surgery is a highly specialized field. Few plastic surgeons are very experienced with these challenging cases. As one of the nation’s leading breast implant surgeons, Dr. Ciaravino has extensive experience with both primary breast augmentations and complicated revision cases.