MOTIVATION FOR BREAST REVISION SURGERY
Even with meticulous planning, idyllic conditions, and impeccable surgical execution, unanticipated conditions can develop during or after breast augmentation surgery, resulting in unforeseen complications, and necessitating a secondary breast revision procedure in order to adjust or correct the results of the original surgery. Motivating factors inspiring women to seek out breast revision surgery generally fall under one of two categories: shifts in aesthetic preferences, or physical implant-related complications.
Shifts in Aesthetic Preferences
- The desire for smaller implants
- The desire for larger implants: FDA statistics show that 37% of all breast revision surgeries in the United States are performed on women seeking larger implants.
- Removing the breast implants—this may or may not be performed together with a mastopexy (breast lift)
- Modifying the type of implant (ie. changing from saline to silicone) because of rippling problems, or wanting a softer, more natural-feeling implant.
Because of the complex nature of secondary breast surgery, breast revision should only be performed by a plastic surgeon with high levels of expertise and experience performing these types of procedures. Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is a skillful, compassionate board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast revision surgery, and has helped many of his patients correct implant-related complications and improve upon the results of previous breast revision surgeries at his private practice in Beverly Hills, California.
Dr. Katzen has extensive experience performing complicated capsulectomy surgeries to resolve issues of capsular contracture—the most common implant-related complication. Dr. Katzen understands the importance of continuous education in the constantly evolving field of plastic surgery, and takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest developments in breast surgery technology in order to provide his patients with beautifully natural results and the shortest possible recovery periods following their breast revision procedures.
Physical Implant-Related Complications
- Implant malposition: Refers to the incorrect positioning of the breast implants on the chest wall, causing them to shift and move to an aesthetically undesirable position, either too close together (medially), too far apart (laterally), “bottoming out” too low on the chest (inferiorly), or riding too high (superiorly).
- Implant deflation or rupture
- Visually unattractive breast changes caused by age, weight loss, breast feeding or pregnancy.
- Asymmetry of the breasts or unnatural-looking nipples following breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
- Capsular contracture:Capsular contracture involves the accumulation of scar tissue around a breast implant and results in hardening around breast implants. Capsular contracture is the number one reason for breast revision surgery. Capsulectomy or capsulotomy procedures are the primary surgeries performed to remove and release contracture tissue around a breast implant.
Dr. Katzen’s practice is built on the principle of surgical customization, meaning that as a patient, you will receive a unique treatment plan, tailored to reflect your specific aesthetic preferences, and designed to bring your surgical goals to fruition. Dr. Katzen and his professional staff have created a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel secure and comfortable throughout your breast revision experience.
Dr. Katzen and his professional team understand the importance of well-informed patients, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your breast surgery procedural details and options. If you would like additional information about breast revision surgery, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Katzen.