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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Secondary Breast Augmentation in Weston, Florida

Breast augmentation remains consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures among women. Its ability to enhance underdeveloped breasts, restore breasts that have lost shape and volume after childbirth or weight loss, or correct breast asymmetry and position can help women feel more confident and attractive. While this procedure is extremely safe and has a low incidence of complications, there are times when additional surgery is necessary. Secondary breast augmentation can improve the position of a breast implant, adjust the capsule or pocket, and enhance breast shape to produce an attractive, natural appearance for the breasts.

What Can Secondary Breast Augmentation Correct?

Capsular Contracture

After breast augmentation, a biological capsule forms around each implant. The capsule is a fibrous membrane that should be thin and pliable, allowing the implant to feel soft in the breast. If in rare cases, the capsule thickens and constricts due to inflammation or for other reasons, it is called capsular contracture. Symptoms of capsular contracture include a firm-feeling breast, pain, coldness, and visible distortion with malposition of the implant and breast asymmetry. Secondary breast augmentation uses various techniques to repair capsular contracture, replace the implant, and restore the breasts.

Implant Rupture or Rippling

One minor risk with breast implants is that they may rupture or ripple. If the shell of the implant is compromised, it will rupture or deflate. An MRI scan is often required for the accurate detection of ruptured silicone implants. Deflated saline implants, on the other hand, cause an instantly noticeable change in breast fullness because the harmless saline solution quickly leaks out into the body. Resolution through secondary surgery will replace the compromised implant with a new, intact implant. Implant rippling, which can also occur, may be resolved by converting the implant to submuscular placement or using an acellular dermal matrix, fat transfer, or other strategies.

Bottoming Out

Breast implants may occasionally sink in their position on the breast wall. Sometimes one or both implants sink excessively due to weak structural support, even to the point of slipping below the inframammary crease. This condition is known as bottoming out. Secondary breast augmentation can correct bottoming out by improving the pocket and structural support for the implant, often with plication and suturing with or without an acellular dermal matrix.

Double Bubble Deformity

Infrequently, a breast implant may shift upward or downward on the chest wall and create an unusual breast appearance known as double bubble deformity. If the implant migrates upward, a noticeable bubble may form where the implant rests, and a secondary bubble of breast tissue may appear to hang off the implant. If the implant slides downward, a bubble of breast tissue may appear to sit on top of a secondary bubble where the implant lies. Reparation of the breast pocket will correct double bubble and resituate the implant in its rightful place to restore a more natural appearance.

Implant Malposition or Displacement

Infrequently, shifting of the implants may occur. This is most often because of poorly chosen implants and as the result of poor surgical technique. One or both breast implants may become displaced, either too close to the middle (symmastia), too low (bottoming out or double bubble deformity), too high (double bubble deformity), or too far to the side (toward the underarm). The surgeon will create a new breast pocket and adjust the implant capsule to hold it in place and reduce the risk of shifting.

Implant Size or Style

In some cases, women have not had any surgical complications but are dissatisfied with their current implants and how their breasts look and feel. Secondary breast augmentation can exchange the old implants with new implants of a different size and/or style. Dr. Messa will help you make an educated decision about which implant type and size will be the most likely to give you the results you desire.

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Correction of Complications

Complications such as those described above are infrequent and not guaranteed to occur. However, when they do happen, they often cause cosmetic issues and occasionally physical discomfort or concerns. Any surgical complications after breast augmentation can and should be corrected with secondary breast augmentation. This procedure can eliminate the problem and improve the appearance of the breasts.

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A Change in Implants

If you’re interested in a change, secondary breast augmentation can exchange your breast implants for you. Whether you wish to change implant sizes or types, this procedure can give you the new look you desire. Dr. Messa will adjust the breast pockets as necessary to ensure that the new implant size or style will be well supported and natural in appearance.

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A More Youthful Look

Overly large breast implants can sometimes cause accelerated breast sagging. This may cause you to look older than you feel and are. Secondary breast augmentation is an opportunity to exchange your implants, downsize if you desire, and even get a breast lift to recreate a youthful breast appearance.

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2823 Executive Park Dr, Weston, FL 33331