Revision Breast Surgery Fort Worth
Women who undergo breast augmentation at Dr. Strock’s Fort Worth practice have the choice of today’s best breast implants, and typically enjoy beautiful results for many years. However, women come to him after breast augmentation elsewhere, or after experiencing aesthetic changes over time, for revision breast surgery to replace their breast implants and improve their appearance. Revision surgery can be more complicated than the initial procedure and requires someone with special interest and experience to achieve optimal outcomes. Dr. Strock is well-known in the plastic surgery community for his expertise in revision breast surgery, and physicians often refer their challenging revision cases to him.
See For Yourself
Dr. Strock’s gallery of real patient before-and-after breast revision photos is a testament to the quality of results he creates. You can see additional breast implant revision patients in our photo gallery.
This patient is a 53 year old woman who had undergone breast augmentation many years ago, who requested a procedure to replace her abnormally firm implants and improve her overall breast shape and appearance. Following a discussion of treatment options, she elected to pursue optimization of her breast implant tissue pocket, replacement of her implants with shaped highly cohesive “gummy bear” gel implants (445cc moderate plus profile), and breast lift to optimize the position of her thin soft tissue following device replacement.
When to Consider Revision Surgery
Women seek revision breast surgery for a range of reasons, which may include a desire to change the size or shape of their implants, or because their breasts have changed physically as the result of weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or aging. Patients also turn to Dr. Strock when they are not happy with the results from previous breast enhancement procedures or a result that has just deteriorated over time.
How the breasts look after breast augmentation depends upon the position of the implants in relation to the breast tissue. Aesthetic changes can occur if the breast tissue begins to drop to a lower position, either because of gravity or changes to the capsule created when the implants were initially inserted. Sometimes breast implants ultimately settle into a position lower or in a different position than originally intended when they were first placed. Dr. Strock will work with you to address your specific issues relative to device type, size, position, and breast tissue depending upon your specific needs.
Other reasons patients consider breast revision surgery may include:
Change in Implant Size or Shape
Your aesthetic ideals may change over time. That is actually one of the most common reasons for revision breast implant surgery. You may decide that a particular breast size or shape that appealed to you at the time of your primary breast augmentation procedure is no longer as desirable. If your cosmetic goals have changed you can consult with Dr. Strock about exchanging your implants to get results that match your current aesthetic goals.
Newer Breast Implants
The latest in breast implant technology allows us to offer a wide range of options, that can include choices of implant shape (round vs. anatomic or teardrop), surface (smooth vs. textured), profile/projection (high profile, moderate plus profile, or moderate profile), and filler material (cohesive silicone gel or highly cohesive silicone gel or saline).
Dr. Strock has extensive experience with highly cohesive shaped gel implants (also known as “form stable” or “gummy bear” implants) and frequently uses these devices for implant replacement, with the increased gel thickness dictating shape to the overlying breast tissue, allowing for choices in width, height, and projection.
Increased firmness, or capsular contracture, can occur when there is abnormal thickening of the tissue capsule that forms around a breast implant. In this situation, an additional procedure to divide, release, or remove the implant capsule may be needed with possible replacement of the breast implant. Breast lift can also play an important role in helping to reposition breast tissue at the time of implant replacement, thus achieving an optimal aesthetic outcome in these patients.
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Your Revision Breast Procedure
Dr. Strock develops a surgical plan based on the specific reasons the patient is seeking a secondary breast implant procedure. He discusses the very personal and individual reasons motivating the patient’s decision during the consultation. Dr. Strock clearly explains the various surgical options – including implant alternatives, incision location, and implant placement – and will recommend what he considers the best plan based on his expertise. In certain cases, a patient decides to have the implants removed without being replaced. In many situations, Dr. Strock may recommend a breast lift if needed to reposition low tissue to regain an aesthetically pleasing shape.
Secondary breast enhancement is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Dr. Strock and his team will provide you with detailed postoperative instructions that, if followed, will help you to a quick and comfortable recovery and return to your normal activity. Routine follow-up visits with Dr. Strock and his team will be scheduled to help you with your recovery. You will also receive specific instructions to help you to safely resume your exercise routines for both cardio and any weight lifting as needed. Included in these instructions will be specific guidance on optimal bra support to help stabilize your implants.