Revision Breast Augmentation in Philadelphia
Are you thinking about a second breast implant surgery? Whether you have experienced a complication, are simply ready for a change in aesthetic, or are curious about an upgrade to newer silicone gel-filled implants, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brannon Claytor can help you determine the procedure to meet your goals effectively and safely.
What do I need to know about revision breast augmentation?
Revision breast augmentation is often performed through a procedure very similar to the initial breast augmentation surgery, but with slight modifications made depending on the reason for revision. In most cases, Dr. Claytor is able to use the same incision location used in your original breast augmentation surgery.
Breast implant leaks or ruptures
Saline breast implants that begin to leak are often noticeable, as the leaking breast will gradually decrease in size. The sterile breast implant saline filling is safely absorbed by your body, so a deflated saline implant is not an urgent medical emergency; however, you will want to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon as soon as possible to consider a cosmetic revision surgery.
“The entire practice was very pleasant. I was very comfortable in the office. They provided efficient service in a timely manner. Dr. Claytor is absolutely amazing… He has a great bedside manner and a calming presence about him. He made me feel like I was important and listened to all of my concerns. I love my new boobs!!!”
— Actual patient of Dr. Claytor
Patients with silicone implant leaks, on the other hand, may notice small changes in the shape of the breast or even development of capsular contractures. These are often detected in your regular ultrasound or MRI check-ups, which the FDA recommends 5-6 years after breast augmentation with silicone implants, as well as every 2-3 years after that. However, if you have a question or concern about your breast implants’ integrity or shape, it is always a good idea to schedule an evaluation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Claytor may recommend a mammogram or MRI to evaluate the status of your implants, if needed.
If the implant has deflated, your options are relatively straight forward. Today’s FDA-approved, round, and smooth-shelled silicone implants are considered to be the safest breast implants on the market, with a look and feel that closely mimics natural breast tissue. For these reasons, many patients opt for upgrading to a silicone implant if their saline implant has a deflation.
Breast implant rippling
Another indications for a removal and replacement of an implant may be palpable (noticeable) edges of the implant or visible implant edge rippling. Should this be a condition that you have, a consultation with Dr. Claytor at our Bryn Mawr office will help you understand the anatomy that is affecting the appearance of your breast implants, and determine whether an implant exchange may be the right option for you. In certain cases, a breast fat transfer procedure may be used to improve the appearance of rippling.
A great experience in every way. Dr. Claytor was a very reassuring understanding and pleasurable Dr for a very personal experience. He explains everything in detail about what he is going to do and listens to your needs and expectations. I had implants removed that were inserted approximately 20 years ago. Over time they were very uncomfortable and became very hard which was encapsul and and very unnatural looking. The original implants were placed in front of the muscle. Dr. Claytor place the new implants behind my muscle which has left them soft movable and completely comfortable. And in hindsight I wished I had done this many years sooner. I can’t explain how happy I am with this procedure the doctor and all of the people involved in my care. I would highly recommend Dr. Claytor and his staff for anything you’re interested in having done to make you feel better about your appearance.
—Dr. Claytor’s patient, via RealSelf
Choosing an implant size & procedure details
If your nipple position has changed or descended with time and the effects of gravity, you may decide to combine your revision breast augmentation with a breast lift, or mastopexy, which corrects sagging and creates a firmer, perkier breast shape and nipple position. A different implant size may also be desired several years after the initial procedure after the natural breast volume has been affected by weight changes, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or aging. Should you desire a change in the size of your implants, or a more lifted appearance, a consultation with Dr. Claytor at our Main Line office will help you select the new size you are considering
Am I a good candidate for secondary breast implant surgery?
To be a good candidate for this procedure, you will likely have the following characteristics:
- You have experience a breast implant rupture, other complication, increased sagging, or asymmetry
- You have realistic expectations for the possible outcomes with surgery
- You are in good physical health and a non-smoker
- You are at a stable weight you plan to maintain
- You desire a change
Our patients elect to undergo breast augmentation revision for many different medical and aesthetic reasons. While we want to help you achieve your ideal look, patients also must have realistic expectations before undergoing surgery and be prepared physically for a healthy post-surgical recovery process.
Schedule your revision breast augmentation consultation at Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery
Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery is here to serve patients from Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Main Line, and the surrounding areas. Philadelphia double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. R. Brannon Claytor has over 15 years of experience offering cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. A member of The Aesthetic Society’s Board of Trustees, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Dr. Claytor is dedicated to continuously advancing his surgical techniques and teaching his methods to colleagues at national meetings. In addition to his surgical work, Dr. Claytor the Chief of Plastic Surgery for Main Line Health Systems, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Lankenau Institute of Medical Research.
Not only is Dr. Claytor a highly accomplished surgeon, but he has a patient-centered approach to each consultation: he takes the time to learn about your goals and values, and what you have in mind for your body, before suggesting a treatment plan. To learn if a you may be a good candidate for a revision breast augmentation procedure, you may call our Bryn Mawr office at (610) 527-4833 or contact us online to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Claytor.