Women come to our Calgary practice for breast augmentation revision surgery for various reasons. Some want to replace older breast implants with updated models, or they're disappointed with the results achieved by another surgeon. Others want to change the size of their implants.
A common theme in all breast augmentation revision surgeries is that the procedure is generally more complicated than the initial operation and requires an experienced, Royal College-certified plastic surgeon with the surgical skills needed to produce the desired results.
There are a number of factors that make revision breast augmentation more complex than surgeries when breast implants are first placed. The unique challenges include the presence of scar tissue that forms around the implant, skin stretched by the implants, and a chest anatomy that may be compromised. Our surgeons at Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery are among the few in the Calgary area who possess the expertise needed to perform revision procedures.
Depending on the specific reason for performing revision surgery, the procedure may include:
Each of these techniques requires a surgeon — such as Dr. Paul Whidden or Dr. Douglas Humphreys — with advanced training and technical skills.
"I think the 1st question I get asked about my breast procedure every time would be who did the surgery? I feel that I need to tell other ladies in Calgary that the best doctor is Dr.Humphreys. He FIXED my 1st surgery I had done 13 years ago by another doctor in Calgary."
— saxxy, RealSelf user
"I was not happy with my first augmentation that was performed in Lethbridge. In search of happiness and better results I choose Dr. Whidden (after a few consultations with other surgeons in Calgary), I am very happy with the time and attention that Dr. Whidden spent on my case. He truly isn't satisfied until his patient is."
— lindsaypost, RealSelf user
Most women who get breast implants are very happy with their outcomes and experience no complications. In fact, our surgeons perform many elective breast augmentation revision procedures — meaning the patients choose to either replace or remove breast implants even when there aren't complications. Augmentation revision procedures fall into 2 general categories:
By exchanging older implants for a newer generation of implants, women have the chance to improve the look and feel of their results. For example, patients may want to replace saline implants with the cohesive silicone gel implants now available. Or they may want to change the size, shape, or profile of their implants, or change the location from above or below the muscle.
There are a range of issues that create visible deformities associated with breast augmentation. Often, these can be caused when an inexperienced surgeon improperly plans or executes the initial procedure. Rippling, synmastia ("uniboob"), and "double-bubble" are some of these issues. The most common complication is capsular contracture, a condition in which the capsule that forms naturally around the implant tightens and makes an implant feel hard and appear misshapen. Another concern is an implant that sits either too low or too high on the chest wall.
As with primary breast augmentation surgery, women initially wake up in the recovery room after the procedure. Our surgeons and nurses monitor their progress and ensure they're ready to return home, which usually occurs about 2 hours after the surgery. Detailed post-op instructions are provided to each patient to help keep them comfortable and minimize the risk of complications. The recovery is similar to that following an initial augmentation procedure, but may take a bit longer, depending on the reason for the revision surgery.
If you're considering a revision augmentation procedure to exchange breast implants, request a consultation using the online form to meet privately with one of our plastic surgeons. Or call our office at (403) 452-7953Â to schedule an appointment.