Breast augmentation is a great way for a woman to achieve the figure that she’s always wanted. However, breast augmentation may not always give you the results you hoped for. Breast revision surgery can address a number of issues:
Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast enhancement procedures, including improving the results from a previous procedure. Dr. Placik works with women like you from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to ensure that you get the most out of your breast augmentation, and that you know all your options for revision or replacement.
Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on breast revision surgery, including prices.
Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
There are any number of reasons why a woman may not feel completely satisfied with her augmentation results, either as a result of asymmetry, post-augmentation changes in her body related to pregnancy or menopause, or having a breast shape that made the initial surgery more challenging than expected or simply a change in your size desires or alterations in shape that naturally occur with aging and the passage of time. Other conditions such as capsular contracture or trauma may also lead to a desire for additional correction. Dr. Placik takes a customized approach toward breast revision surgery to address your specific concerns and help give you the results you deserve.
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Breast Implant Removal
The removal of breast implants may take place for many reasons, such as wanting a smaller or larger breast size or due to problems with the implants. Depending on the situation, implant removal is performed with the patient under local or general anesthesia, and Dr. Placik may recommend a different approach depending on whether you have silicone or saline implants.
If you have silicone implants, Dr. Placik will check for signs of rupture to make sure the implant is still intact and minimize any risks during the removal process. On occasion an MRI may be recommended to assess implant integrity. If the implants will not be replaced, a breast lift or scar revision may be performed at same time to recreate the natural look of your breasts.
If the implant is filled with saline, Dr. Placik may choose to deflate it before removal, which facilitates the removal process. Implant removal of either type takes about a half-hour to forty-five minutes.
Breast Implant Replacement
If the implants are being replaced, new implants can be positioned at the same time as the removal in most instances. Rarely, it may be advised to perform this as a staged procedure (two operations). The replacement implant can either be saline or silicone, and can be larger, smaller or the same size as your original implants. For those desiring a subtle natural breast augmentation, fat transfer augmentation may be an alternative. Dr. Placik will discuss your options with you ahead of time so your new implants can be placed immediately after your original implants have been removed, if this a possibility.
One thing that Dr. Placik will discuss with you in regards to breast implant replacement is changing pockets, or the envelope of tissue that contains each implant. If you’re reducing the size of your implants, a smaller implant may not fit adequately in the pocket that was created for the original (larger) implant. This could cause the implant to move around within the pocket quite a bit. In order to prevent implant displacement, Dr. Placik will discuss options with you for the creation of a new pocket.
Pocket corrections include procedures such as capsulectomy (complete or partial removal), capsulorrhapy (tightening or repair), capsulotomy (opening or enlargement), or a neo-pectoral pocket (a new location). In some instances a transition from over the muscle to under the muscle may be requested or suggested. Some patients with thin tissue pockets may benefit from the use of supportive materials such as acellular dermal matrix (ADM’s) or other biologic materials.
Nursing, Menopause and Breast Augmentation
Nursing your child is an important part of motherhood. Breastfeeding helps your child get the nutrients he or she needs and creates a stronger bond between mother and child. While this is a meaningful stage in your life, nursing can cause some changes to your breasts, sometimes making them seem saggy or deflated. This can happen whether or not you have breast implants.
Menopause is another stage in a woman’s life that may affect the shape and look of her breasts. During menopause, the levels of estrogen production decline, and breasts can become droopy and tender as a result.
After nursing or menopause, changes in the breast could create a need for replacement of your implants, or for additional revision procedures such as a breast lift.
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Before & After
Volume: 335cc Saline to 535cc Silicone
Volume: 320cc Saline to 800cc Silicone
Size: 340cc Saline to 550cc Silicone
Constricted breast deformity, more commonly known as tuberous or tubular breasts, causes abnormally small, tight breasts that have a very narrow base often accompanied by disproportionately large bulging areolae (herniated nipple areola complex). During puberty, constrictive tissue forces the breast growth into a tube shape rather than outward in a spherical shape, leading to elongated breasts and overly large or puffy nipples.
Although breast augmentation can deliver beautiful results in women with tuberous breasts, it’s essential to choose a surgeon who understands the extra care that must be taken during surgery in order to deliver optimum results. Dr. Placik is very experienced in correcting tubular deformity with breast implants and fat transfer augmentation, and will work closely with you to ensure that your cosmetic goals are met.
If you have concerns about the size or placement of existing implants, are interested in having your breast implants removed, or have noticed changes in your breasts over time that require an updated look, you may be a candidate for breast revision surgery.
Breast revision is often performed with additional breast enhancement procedures, particularly a breast lift to reshape your natural breast tissue. Breast implant revision can also be performed as part of a mommy makeover or liposuction.
The price of breast implant revision will vary depending on what type of procedure Dr. Placik is performing, whether new implants or equipment or materials are necessary, and the complexity of the surgery itself. The total cost will include Dr. Placik’s fee as well as the cost for the anesthesiologist and the surgical facility. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.
Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about breast revision surgery, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.
To meet with Dr. Placik, you can request a consultation online or call our Arlington Heights office at 847-398-1660 or our Chicago office at 312-787-5313 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you look your very best.
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