Breast implants are artificial shells made of rubber, filled with sterile saline or silicone gel. They are surgically implanted below the breast tissue either for cosmetic purposes, to augment the shape and size of your breasts, for breast reconstruction or to rectify a birth defect.
Implant revision is indicated in cases of rupture, deflation or leakage from the implants, complications related to healing after breast augmentation, sagging of the breasts, and a desire to customise the look and feel of your breasts or return to your natural breast size.
Breast implant revision is usually performed under general anaesthesia. An incision is usually made in the same place as the previous surgery – around the areola, along the crease of the breast or in the armpit. The old implant is removed and replaced with an implant that is modified to address the reason for the revision. In some cases, minor changes can be made without removing the implant – saline can either be injected or removed to either increase or decrease the size of your breasts.
As with any surgery, breast implant revision surgery may also involve certain risks and complications which include infection, bleeding, scarring or rupture of the implant as it is being removed.
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