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Breast augmentation patients are almost always very happy with their results, and enjoy them for many years. However, sometimes a patient needs a secondary procedure, either to correct a problem or simply to replace implants. Dr. Peter Lennox, an RCPSC-certified plastic surgeon with a special interest in complex breast surgeries, performs breast augmentation revision in Vancouver to replace breast implants or repair complications from breast augmentation surgery performed elsewhere.

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If you want to replace or remove your breast implants, visit Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Lennox to explore your options for enhancing not only your appearance, but also your self-image. To take the next step, request a consultation online with Dr. Lennox, or call our office at (604) 876-6552 to schedule your appointment.

Understanding Breast Augmentation Revision

Revision procedures, or secondary procedures, are often more complex than initial surgeries. There is often scar tissue to contend with, and sometimes the pocket needs to be repaired, reconstructed, or both. Patients can rely on Dr. Lennox's vast experience with these complicated surgeries. He is known as an authority on the complex facets of plastic surgery and breast procedures in particular.

Reasons for Revision

Patients in Vancouver seek breast augmentation revision for a number of reasons. Sometimes they want to revise their results shortly after their original, or primary, procedure, and sometimes it is many years later.

Undesirable Appearance

Sometimes women are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts after breast augmentation. Dr. Lennox helps women who have undergone surgery elsewhere and experience:

  • Implant malposition – too high, too low, too close together or too far apart
  • Asymmetry – when breast size is uneven or the nipples are unevenly positioned
  • Visible rippling or wrinkling
  • Implants that the patient thinks are too large or too small

Ready for a New Look

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Many patients who get revision surgery have lived happily with their implants for years and are simply ready for a change. New styles, shapes, and materials of implants come onto the market as time passes, and sometimes patients want to take advantage of those new options. Dr. Lennox stays up to date on the latest innovations and offers his revision patients a wide range of implant choices.

Capsular Contracture

The most common complication that arises from breast augmentation is capsular contracture. This occurs when the scar tissue that forms naturally around a breast implant tightens and constricts the implant to an uncomfortable extent. Capsular contracture can cause the breast to harden, creating an unnatural look and feeling. Revision surgery can address this complication by removing the hardened scar tissue and repositioning implants.

Implant Rupture

Although rare, implants rupturing or deflating does occur in a very small percentage of patients, usually after they have had their implants for many years. If a saline implant ruptures, it will visibly deflate within a matter of hours as the saltwater is absorbed by the body. A rupture of a silicone implant may go unnoticed for some time until it is revealed by mammography or other types of imaging, but it, too should be replaced in a revision surgery.

Your Procedure

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Breast augmentation revision surgery varies depending on the reason for the secondary procedure. It's important to choose a surgeon who specializes in breast revision surgery such as Dr. Lennox because the procedures generally require a level of expertise that not all plastic surgeons have. Dr. Lennox is familiar with all of the most common motivations for revisionary surgery, including:

  • Changing the implant size or style: The same incision is often used for patients who want to change the size or style of their implants. The incision may need to be made larger if the patient wants to switch from saline to silicone, a common choice thanks to the rise in popularity of cohesive silicone implants. If the new implants are bigger, the surgery requires enlarging the pocket where Dr. Lennox inserts the implants. The pocket may be sutured to reduce its size in cases where the patient wants smaller implants.
  • Capsular contracture: Dr. Lennox typically uses the same incision used in the primary breast augmentation procedure to remove the hardened capsule and implant. If desired, new implants are inserted through those incisions.
  • Implant rippling: Repositioning an implant or implants with visible rippling may be accomplished using the same incision. In some cases, however, the solution may include replacing the implants and creating a new breast pocket to help prevent rippling from occurring again.
  • Implant malposition: When the original pockets created to hold breast implants are either too far apart or too close together, the results aren't appealing aesthetically. Dr. Lennox may use the same incisions and then reconstruct the pockets by repositioning breast tissue.
  • Implant removal: It's not uncommon for women to want to remove their implants without replacing them as they grow older. In these cases, the skin is usually stretched from the implants, so Dr. Lennox may recommend a breast lift at the same time the implants are removed. The same incision used to insert implants is used when removing them, but a breast lift would require additional incisions.
  • Raising nipple and areola: Additional incisions are needed to elevate the position of the nipple and areola following breast augmentation surgery. The specific nature of the surgery depends on the amount of repositioning required to achieve the desire aesthetic results.

Recovery & Results

Dr. Lennox usually performs breast augmentation revision on an outpatient basis, meaning patients will need someone to drive them home after surgery. Patients will feel some discomfort during recovery, similar to after their primary procedures. Pain medications can help. Patients return to our office a week after surgery for a follow-up check. They can begin walking in the first day after surgery to promote healing, and they can resume most normal activities in about 7 to 10 days. Following aftercare instructions closely is crucial for a good recovery and beautiful results.

Swelling and discoloration will fade over a few weeks or months to reveal patients' breast augmentation revision results. Incisions can often be in the same place as the primary surgery, and scars will fade over time. Patients can begin enjoying their improved appearance soon after surgery and expect the results to last years.

Complementary Procedures

Sometimes a breast augmentation revision procedure requires repositioning the breasts. In these cases, Dr. Lennox performs a breast lift in conjunction with the implant revision. He can also adjust the size of the areolas during this time. Body contouring options such as tummy tuck surgery can also be combined with breast surgery.

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