The Benefits of Breast Implant Replacement
Breast implants are an increasingly popular form of cosmetic surgery, with many women choosing to undergo the procedure for a variety of reasons. Breast augmentation can provide a range of benefits, including improved body contour, size and shape, as well as increased self-confidence. However, breast implants do not last forever and may need to be replaced due to hardening or capsular contracture, rippling or other factors. The New York Liposuction Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our patients’ breast implant needs. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Arnold Breitbart, is experienced in the latest techniques for breast implant replacement and will ensure you receive the best possible outcome from your procedure.
In this article we will discuss the overview of breast implants and their benefits, as well as common reasons why they may need to be replaced. We will then look at hardening or capsular contracture, rippling and proper care to prolong implant lifespan. Finally we will summarize key points and provide information on how to find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.
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Hardening or Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture is a common complication of breast augmentation. It occurs when the body forms a tight, fibrous capsule around the implant, causing it to harden and become painful. This condition can occur with both saline and silicone implants, although it is more common with silicone.
Definition of Hardening or Capsular Contracture
Capsular contracture occurs when the body’s natural response to foreign material (the breast implant) is to form a capsule of scar tissue around it. This capsule of scar tissue contracts, squeezing the implant and causing it to harden. In some cases, this can cause pain and discomfort as well as an unnatural appearance to the breast.
Symptoms of Hardening or Capsular Contracture
The most obvious symptom of capsular contracture is a change in the shape or feel of the breast. The affected breast may appear firm, tight, or misshapen, and may be painful to the touch. Other symptoms include tenderness, redness, swelling, warmth, and unusual sensations such as burning or itching. In some cases, capsular contracture can also cause visible wrinkles in the skin overlying the implant.
Treatment Options for Hardening or Capsular Contracture
The treatment for capsular contracture depends on its severity and underlying cause. In mild cases, applying warm compresses to the area may be enough to reduce discomfort and improve appearance temporarily. If this does not work, surgery may be necessary to remove the hardened capsule and replace the implant. Depending on the patient’s preferences and health history, either saline or silicone implants can be used for replacement surgery. After surgery, physical therapy may be recommended to help improve range of motion in the affected area.
At New York Liposuction Center we understand that no two patients are alike; that’s why our team of board-certified plastic surgeons take an individualized approach when treating capsular contracture. We offer both surgical and non-surgical treatments tailored specifically for each patient’s needs and goals. Our locations at 700 Park Avenue in New York City and 1155 Northern Boulevard in Manhasset make us easily accessible from all over Long Island and New York City. To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation with Dr Arnold Breitbart please call us today at (212) 759-4996
Capsular contracture is a common complication of breast augmentation, causing the implant to harden and become painful. Treatment options depend on severity and can include surgery or physical therapy.
Breast implants can cause several complications, one of which is rippling. Rippling occurs when the implant becomes visible through the skin and appears to ripple like a wave. It is caused by the implant shifting or folding, which causes the breast tissue to be pushed outward. This rippling can range from mild to severe, depending on the size and type of implant used.
Definition of Rippling
Rippling is a common complication associated with breast implants. It occurs when the implant shifts or folds, causing it to become visible through the skin and appear to ripple like a wave. This rippling can range from mild to severe, depending on the size and type of implant used. The most common areas for rippling are near the armpit, along the sides of the breasts, and around the edges of the areola.
Symptoms of Rippling
The primary symptom of rippling is a visible wave-like pattern in the breast tissue that may be felt as well as seen. Other symptoms include asymmetry between breasts, pain or discomfort in the affected area, and an unnatural appearance of the breasts. In some cases, there may also be an increase in sensitivity or a decrease in nipple sensation due to nerve damage caused by rippling.
Treatment Options for Rippling
The treatment for rippling depends on its severity and location. In some cases, simply changing to a different type or size of implant may help reduce rippling. For more severe cases, surgical correction may be necessary to correct any asymmetry or other issues caused by rippling. If nerve damage has occurred due to rippling, treatment options such as nerve grafting may be recommended to restore sensation in that area.
At new york liposuction center, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arnold Breitbart specializes in correcting issues related to breast implants such as hardening or capsular contracture and rippling. He will assess each patient’s individual case and recommend treatment options tailored specifically for them in order to achieve desired results safely and effectively.
Visible wave-like pattern, asymmetry between breasts, pain or discomfort, unnatural appearance of the breasts, increase in sensitivity, decrease in nipple sensation
Change to different type/size of implant, surgical correction, nerve grafting
Proper Care to Prolong Implant Lifespan
At the New York Liposuction Center, we understand that breast augmentation is a significant investment for our patients. To help ensure the longevity of your implants, it is important to follow proper care and maintenance guidelines. Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons will provide you with detailed instructions on how to best care for your implants and what to expect during your recovery process.
Post-Surgery Care Guidelines
Once you have undergone breast augmentation surgery, it is important to follow all post-surgery care instructions provided by your surgeon. This includes avoiding any strenuous activities for several weeks after surgery, taking prescribed medications as instructed, and attending all follow-up appointments. Additionally, you should take special care when sleeping or performing any activities that involve pressure on the chest area. Allowing adequate time for healing will help ensure the longevity of your implants.
Self-Checks and Annual Checkups
In addition to following post-surgery care guidelines, it is important to perform regular self-checks to monitor the condition of your implants. You should check for any changes in shape or size, hardening or rippling of the implant surface, tenderness or pain in the breast area, and fluid accumulation around the implant. If you notice any changes or abnormalities in your breasts, contact your surgeon right away. We also recommend scheduling annual checkups with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess the condition of your implants and determine if any further treatment is necessary.
MRI Recommendations for Silicone Implants
For those with silicone implants, we recommend scheduling an MRI three years after implantation and every two years thereafter. An MRI can detect silent ruptures which are not visible on physical examination alone. Silent ruptures occur when a silicone implant leaks but does not cause any outward signs such as pain or swelling in the affected area. By scheduling an MRI regularly, you can ensure that any issues with the implant are addressed promptly before they become more serious problems.
By following these simple steps and taking proper care of your implants, you can help prolong their lifespan and enjoy beautiful results from breast augmentation for many years to come. At New York Liposuction Center, our board-certified plastic surgeons will provide comprehensive pre-and post-operative instructions so that you can get the most out of your breast augmentation procedure.
breast implants can provide a wide range of benefits for many individuals. However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks that come with breast augmentation surgery. Hardening or capsular contracture and rippling are two common complications that can occur after breast implant surgery. If these issues arise, there are treatment options available to help alleviate the symptoms. To prolong the lifespan of your implants, follow proper post-surgery care guidelines, self-checks, and annual checkups as recommended by your plastic surgeon.
At New York Liposuction Center, we understand the importance of finding a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing breast augmentation procedures and can help you achieve your desired results safely and effectively. Our founder and lead surgeon, Dr. Arnold Breitbart, is board-certified in plastic surgery and has extensive experience in providing patients with natural-looking results from their breast augmentation surgeries. We have two locations conveniently located at 700 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021 US and 1155 Northern Boulevard Suite 110 Manhasset, New York 11030 US. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Breitbart and learn more about how we can help you reach your aesthetic goals!