Breast Revision, Now or Later?
A frequent question women with breast implants ask Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. is, “When should I get breast revision surgery?”
Most women have been advised by their original Board Certified Plastic Surgeon when they have breast augmentation surgery, to expect that they will need to have breast revision surgery at some time in the future and for many, possibly more than once.
Breast Implants Have a Lifetime Guarantee
Most breast implant manufacturers give a lifetime guarantee on their implants if they should fail. The manufacturers will supply new breast implants for surgery, but they only give 10 years for additional financial aid to help offset surgery costs. Statistics show that on average women may need a revision after ten years.
Depending on the reason for breast revision determines when it should be done. For example, in the case of deflation or rupture, or if your breasts are painful, it is best to have surgery sooner rather than later. If however, you desire breast revision surgery to change implant size, type or position, the patient can afford to wait until it is convenient to do so.
Breast Revision Restores Youthful Breasts
The main advantage of breast revision is restoring youthful looking breasts, and possibly changing the implant size and improving breast symmetry. There are disadvantages to consider as well, such as; aging and gravity will eventually affect the shape of the breasts. Heavier implants are more likely to sag with time.
If you are not returning to your original surgeon, having a copy of your operative report is invaluable to your new surgeon.