You did your research, planning, and consultation – then finally had the breast augmentation you were considering for so long. If you’re like most women we see from the Guilford, West Hartford, and shoreline areas who get implants (roughly 300,000 American women each year), you’re happy with the results.
Over time, changes can occur that may lead you to consider breast implant revision surgery. Sometimes the changes are implant related, while other times they are natural changes in your body, such as those caused by weight loss.
Below are three common reasons women choose to undergo elective implant exchange.
1. Change breast size
Over time there are many factors that affect the appearance of your breasts and make you want to either increase or downsize your breast implants. Changing the implant size and shape to better match your frame is one reason to undergo a breast implant revision. Especially after childbirth and changes in weight, the desired shape and size of your breasts can differ from the initial goals you had for your breast augmentation.
2. Switch from saline to silicone
Since the FDA lifted the moratorium on silicone implants in 2006, more women are electing to use them for breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, or implant revision. Today’s implants come with a high strength cohesive silicone gel that is unlikely to ripple. While saline implants are very liquid-like, silicone implants are more stable. Switching implants is a relatively simple procedure; and the recovery time may even be shorter than your original augmentation.
3. Address changes in breast tissue or shape
Natural body changes like those due to childbirth, breastfeeding, aging, or weight loss will usually affect the results of breast augmentation. A breast lift can be done at the same time as the implant revision to provide a more youthful, rounded shape.
To see examples of our actual breast augmentation results, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery. If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation in the New Haven area, please contact us online or call (203) 689-5295.