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Reasons for Changing Breast Implants
Dr. Delgado emphasizes to his San Francisco breast revision patients that they will most likely need breast revision surgery at least once in their lifetime and maybe more.
There can be several different reasons for the need of breast revision surgery, the main one being that women want to change the size or type of implants. Other reasons include; capsular contracture, deflation of saline implants, rupture of silicone implants, shifting of position of the implants and changes in the breasts due to aging or weight fluctuations.
Breast implants are always evolving and being improved. If breast revision surgery is to be scheduled, many women opt to change the type of implant to be used. Depending on the issue a woman is having, will help determine the choice for new implants. For example, if a woman with saline implants has wrinkling, she may want to change to silicone.
With so many choices available, a woman needs to have an evaluation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who specializes in breast surgery, to help guide her to make the right selection for her individual situation.
Silicone or Saline Breast Implants?
Saline implants have an advantage in that the size can be adjusted during surgery as they do not come pre filled as silicone implants do. Saline implants are less expensive and can be inserted through a smaller incision. The advantage of silicone implants is a more natural feel and appearance. Today, 80% of women choose silicone over saline.
Moderate, Moderate Plus or High Profile Breast Implants?
The difference between these implants is their diameter and projection. A woman’s chest size will determine which profile is best suited for her.
Smooth or Textured?
The majority of implants used today are smooth. The textured implants were designed to reduce the incidence of capsular contracture and appear to do so but only when the implant is placed above the muscle. The disadvantage of a textured implant is a thicker shell which may be more visible through the skin and more easily felt.
Round or Anatomical?
Most implants are round, but there is a teardrop shaped or anatomical. The anatomical are textured and therefore have the disadvantages of the textured implants.
With all the variables of breast implants, it is important to choose your surgeon carefully, be sure to ask to view before and after pictures of actual patients.
Dr. Delgado has been performing breast revision surgery since 1988, if you are in need of breast revision surgery, call today (415 898-4161) or email ([email protected]) for a consultation.