Breast Implant Revision
Breast implant revision is a Plastic Surgery procedure to remove or replace breast implants to correct capsule contracture, implant ruptures, displaced implants, misshapen breasts and/or rotated implants.
At LBPS we spend a lot of time with our patients matching the type and size of breast implants to their particular soft-tissues, breast shape and body types. Our 20 years of specialist breast surgery expertise ensures that we minimise any need for revision breast implant surgery. However, as breast augmentation or implant surgery is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed there are often cases where patients may desire revision surgery. A rare condition known as ‘capsular contracture’ can occur after breast augmentation surgery whereby collagen-fibre capsules tighten and squeeze the breast implant. This may lead to the breast implant looking odd or incorrectly positioned and felling firm or even hard. Other reasons may include; patients want to decrease or increase breast size, replace a ruptured implant or improve the weight and longevity of their current implants by changing to the new, improved, light weight implant – B-Lite.
Regardless of where you first had your breast implant surgery, we are here to help and can advise on the best way forward to make you feel comfortable. There are many reasons why people have breast implant revision surgery. As such we are very open minded due to our many years of expertise in breast implant surgery.
What is BIA-ALCL?The FDA and the World Health Organization agree that BIA-ALCL is a rare T-cell lymphoma that can develop following breast implants. At this time, most data suggest that BIA-ALCL occurs more frequently following implantation of breast implants with textured surfaces rather than those with smooth surfaces. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer.
The main symptoms of BIA-ALCL are persistent swelling or pain in the vicinity of the breast implant occurring more than 1 year after surgery.
BIA-ALCL is usually found near the breast implant, contained within the fibrous scar capsule, and not in the breast tissue itself.
The type of implant fill does not appear to be a risk factor for BIA-ALCL
This is a very rare disease – only 14 cases reported in UK up to March 2016 with a risk somewhere in the region of 1:10,000 to 1:30,000.
Removal of the breast implant along with the capsule (scar tissue) is curative in most cases. A small number of women have required radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
You should monitor your breast implants and contact your doctor promptly if you notice pain, swelling or any changes in or around your breast implants. There is no reason to contact your doctor if you have no symptoms.