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Breast Implant Replacement in Beverly Hills

 

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Over time, your appearance changes, including that of your breasts.  Heredity, hormonal fluctuations, weight gain or loss, and aging can result in changes to the size, shape and overall look of your breasts.  Changes in breast appearance are common in breasts that have never been surgically enhanced.  Changes are also possible if your have previously had breast implants placed to enhance breast size or to reconstruct a breast lost to a mastectomy.

Breast implants are not considered devices that last a lifetime, although many women have enjoyed implants that function well and continue to provide a natural-looking appearance.  There may be specific reasons why you may wish to or need to have your implants replaced.  Understanding the options available to you in replacing your implants requires as much consideration as your original decision to get breast implants.

CHOOSING TO REPLACE YOUR BREAST IMPLANTS

You may want to replace your breast implants in Beverly Hills to improve breast size, shape or feel and to improve your breasts’ proportions to the body as a whole.  The current position of your existing implant, your desired breast size, shape and projection, along with your natural breast tissue, body size and frame are all evaluated to determine the implant that can best improve your body image.

A breast that has been enhanced with an implant can sag due to changes in breast tissue.  When natural breast tissue loses firmness or thins with age, an implant positioned between the breast tissue and chest muscle (submammary or subglandular) may droop.  Revising implant size and shape alone may provide some improvement.  The addition of breast lift techniques may be recommended to reshape sagging breast tissue.  Revising the position of an implant beneath the chest muscle (submuscular) may also be recommended.

Sagging breast tissue and an implant originally placed beneath the chest muscle may result in a “double bubble” effect- the breast implant stays in position, but the breast tissue and skin sag beneath the implant.  Placing a new implant that differs in size or shape from the original may provide some improvement.  However, in most cases, breast lift techniques are recommended to reshape the breast tissue in addition to implant replacement.

RECOMMENDED IMPLANT REPLACEMENT

It is advised that you regularly visit your plastic surgeon in Los Angeles to assess the condition of your breast implants.  Your surgeon may advise you to replace any implant that has deflated, is leaking or whose shell shows signs of fracture or other weakness.  It may be appropriate to replace only the implant that is not functioning properly.  However, you may take the opportunity or be advised to consider a change in breast size or shape to maintain balanced proportions between the breast and body.

Implant replacement may also be recommended in some cases of capsular contracture, a condition in which excessive scar tissue develops around the implant, causing an unnaturally firm feeling or squeezed appearance of the breast.  Implant replacement alone may improve limited instances of capsular contracture.  However, in many cases, the capsule, or scar tissue, may need to be surgically released or removed to improve the feel and appearance of your breasts.

RECONSTRUCTED BREASTS

A breast reconstructed with an implant will change to a lesser degree than a natural breast will change in size and shape during your lifetime.  As a result, asymmetry (differences in size, shape, position and feel) can develop between a natural breast and one that has been reconstructed. Recommendations may include revision of one or both breasts to improve their symmetry.  The reconstructed breast may be revised with implant replacement or breast reconstruction techniques using your own muscle, fat and skin relocated from your back, abdomen, buttocks or thighs.  A natural breast may be revised by implant placement, breast lift or breast reduction.  While these and other procedures can bring both breasts closer to each other in size, shape and feel, nothing can create perfect symmetry between a reconstructed and natural breast.

WHO HAS SURGERY TO REPLACE BREAST IMPLANTS?

A woman with previously enhanced breasts or a reconstructed breast may choose or ay be advised to replace her current breast implants or to revise breast appearance.  The following factors generally define good candidates:

  • You can clearly define the improvement you seek from breast surgery and you don't expect perfection.

  • You understand the outcomes that breast surgery can and cannot achieve for your appearance.

  • You accept your responsibilities as a patient and the potential risks of breast surgery.

  • You are in good health, emotionally secure and your life is stable.

  • You accept that healthy lifestyle choices will help you maintain the improvement achieved by breast surgery.

MAKING THE CHOICE

The first step in any form of breast surgery, including implant replacement or revision of prior breast surgery, is a consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic surgery.  During your consultation you will discuss your goals to improve the appearance of your breasts.  You will be examined, a health history will be taken and you may be photographed.  The procedure or procedures recommended for you will be explained.  You will be informed about your obligations as a patient, the treatment process, surgical facilities, anesthesia, the recovery process, potential complications and results, and any alternative options that may achieve your goals.  Ask questions and make certain you understand everything that has been explained to you.

All forms of necessary or cosmetic medical treatment carry the potential for complications.  The potential complications and unexpected results of breast surgery will be illustrated prior to your treatment.  If you make the choice to undergo treatment, you will be asked to sign informed consent documents.  These documents outline the information discussed during your consultation and record your choice for breast surgery.  In addition, if your choice is a silicone breast implant, you will be asked to participate in a national breast implant registry.

Dr. Sean Younai is a board certified plastic surgeon who receives patients at the California Center for Plastic Surgery from the Northern as well as the Southern California region. Some of these cities include Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Pasadena, Glendale, Valencia, Palmdale, Fresno, Bakersfield, and Oxnard.

During your consultation, Dr. Younai reviews your treatment options for breast implant replacement in Beverly Hills, including pros and cons of each procedure, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. There are also many before-and-after pictures and high resolution images of breast augmentation available in our breast augmentation photo gallery.


 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
Dr. S. Sean Younai
is a Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, who practices in Encino, Los Angeles, Southern California.
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