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Women who undergo breast surgery may eventually desire secondary breast procedures to improve or to change the appearance of their breasts. Secondary breast surgery, also known as corrective breast surgery, may be necessary after breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Secondary breast procedures can make very subtle to dramatic changes in breast appearance and patient satisfaction. The plastic and reconstructive surgeons at South Bay Plastic Surgeons provide secondary breast surgery, including breast augmentation revision, for women from Long Beach, CA and surrounding areas.

To learn more about secondary breast surgery at our South Bay practice, request a consultationrequest a consultation online or call South Bay Plastic Surgeons at (310) 784-0644 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

Secondary Surgery for Breast Augmentation

In some cases, women choose to have secondary breast surgery - also referred to as revision breast augmentation or corrective breast surgery - to improve the results of an earlier breast augmentation. Some women simply want to change their implant type or size. Secondary breast surgery is a more complex procedure than primary breast augmentation. Our Torrance surgeons may alter the implant pocket, remove scar tissue, or deal with compromised tissue quality. In addition, other techniques or procedures such as a breast lift or placement of a graft or mesh to support the position of the implant may be involved. Our surgeons have the experience, skill, and knowledge to achieve your revision goals safely and successfully.

Revision of Breast Lift and Breast Reduction

Time, pregnancy, or trauma may lead to changes in the breasts including changes in size, shape or symmetry. Breast lift or reduction surgery may later require revision surgery due to these changes. Correction typically involves use of the existing scars to improve the shape of the breasts. Occasionally, internal support for the skin of the breast is required to prevent dropping of the breast or to obtain a more symmetric result.

Post Mastectomy Reconstruction

Post mastectomy patients may require secondary surgeries to give patients the very best aesthetic breast reconstruction outcome. Secondary surgery techniques for breast reconstruction patients can include complex procedures. These procedures vary from simple scar revision to total breast reconstruction using tissue from other areas of the body. Fat grafting (also known as fat transfer) may be involved as well. South Bay Plastic Surgeons have made it their objective to stay current on all techniques of breast mastectomy reconstruction, ensuring that patients get the best possible care.

When Secondary Breast Surgery is Needed

There are several reasons why a woman may need to visit our office for secondary breast surgery after cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. Some of these include:

Aesthetic Preference

Some women may want smaller breasts, larger breasts, or a different breast shape. Changing the type of implant or the position of the implant can often achieve the desired appearance.

Capsular Contracture

In some instances, the body's natural immune response will cause excessive hardening or contraction of the scar tissue around the implant. This can result in deformity of the breast and may cause discomfort.

Rupture or Deflation

When a saline implant ruptures, the result is noticeable right away because the affected breast will become smaller; conversely, you may not know your silicone implant has ruptured unless it is detected through an MRI or mammogram.

Rippling or Wrinkling

Implants may leave rippling or wrinkling of the breast skin especially if the skin and tissue are thin. In some cases, rippling or wrinkling of the breast skin can be felt or seen beneath the breast tissue, and may even produce abnormalities in the skin.

Implant Malpositon

Implants can shift and settle in to unnatural positions, such as too far to the inside, outside, top, or bottom of the breast. When the implant settles lower than the breast tissue, this is known as bottoming out.

Asymmetry

Non-augmented breasts are naturally asymmetrical, so some asymmetry in augmented breasts preserves the natural appearance. In certain cases, surgery on asymmetrical breasts can make them less asymmetrical, usually by changing the size and or the type of implant used.

Whether you are just looking for an implant upgrade or you are experiencing problems with your breast augmentation results, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons can help you achieve your goals.

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