Monday, March 22nd, 2021
by Dr. Liana M. Lugo
Women considering breast implants have the notion that they’ll need to replace their implants every 10 years. This is due in large part to a 2011 report by the FDA on the safety of silicone implants that noted one out of five patients needed a replacement or revision after 10 years. If you look at those numbers carefully, it should put your mind at ease rather than causing alarm. Yes, it is true that one in five women may need another procedure, but that also means four in five are still enjoying the benefits of their implants a decade after receiving them.
And those additional procedures aren’t always due to deflation or a rupture of the implant. Many revisions are by choice, when women decide they want to change their size or have further refinement.
Below are three of the reasons a follow up procedure may be necessary after receiving breast implants. They’re important to keep in mind when you’re considering this surgery – but it’s also important to realize that your likelihood of lasting success is high, especially when you work with a board certified plastic surgeon.
- Breast implant rupture or deflation: If it does occur, a revision will be necessary.
- Development of capsule contracture: If the scar tissue that forms around your breast hardens it may cause pain, change position and/or shape of your breasts. In these instances, another procedure can alleviate the issue.
- Dissatisfaction with initial results, or a desired change in breast size: I have worked with numerous patients who were unhappy with their previous outcomes, as well as women who decided a change in breast size was in order well after their initial procedure.
Breast augmentation is real surgery, and although the complication rates are low, they are much higher in the hands of someone who isn’t well trained or who cuts corners by operating in an unaccredited facility. Start by confirming that your surgeon is board certified – not by just any board, but by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This indicates that the surgeon has gone through rigorous training, extensive examination and maintenance of expertise. This training takes years, and maintaining expertise requires time, so a cost-cutting shortcut is to skip all that training and testing and to just take a weekend course. To figure this out, simply look up the surgeon you are considering on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website. All members of ASPS are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are in good standing.
Remember, the best results come with procedures that are designed to meet your individual needs and concerns by those who are highly trained and certified to do so. Don’t cut corners on receiving the results you deserve. Schedule a consultation with our team at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery at Spa Medical.