About Breast Implant Revision
Dr. Elliott and Dr. Summer Black in Metairie, LA have more than 40 years combined experience in plastic surgery, which includes revising breast augmentations (saline or silicone implants) for patients, even if they did not perform the first surgery. Many women are very happy with the results of their first augmentation surgery. However, the skin ages, and sometimes implants need to be redone or removed all together. We understand that some women, who have had implants more than 10 years, may not be happy with the appearance of their breasts because of implant specific problems such as rippling, implant rupture, and more. Implants can deflate which requires removal or replacement. Our board-certified plastic surgeons know that revision surgery can be a complicated process. If you are considering Breast implant revision surgery like the many women that have visited us from New Orleans, Metairie, Houma, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Covington and beyond please come in for a free consultation.
Reasons for Revision Surgery
Implant ruptures are rare, but it does require revision surgery. A ruptured saline implant may appear to be deflated and flattened, but the saline is safely absorbed by the body. When a silicone implant ruptures, the gel doesn't move, but there is an obvious difference in firmness and the shape of the breast. In most cases, the silicone is still contained within the implant or the implant capsule and does not harm the body. We can surgically remove and replace the implant for optimal results.
Double bubble deformity creates an unnatural indentation in the breast and looks like the implant has fallen out of position. Visually, the breasts will appear unattractively doubled underneath the crease. This usually occurs several years after implants were placed due to gravity and the natural process of aging. It can also happen if there is too much scar tissue around the implant itself. Breast revision surgery is the only way to amend this situation as the situation will not correct itself.
Capsular contracture, or scarring, can cause a hardening of the breast over time. There is always a risk of scar tissue forming around the breast implant once it has settled. In this case, a surgeon would have to remove the scar tissue with a procedure called a capsulectomy
Breast rippling is a visible wrinkling beneath or on the side of the breasts. Rippling can happen with any augmentation patient, but it is most common with women who are thin and have very little natural breast tissue. Saline implants may cause rippling more than silicone implants. This complication is not a health risk, but it does bother some women.
Implant removal is very common. It is especially common in patients who have had their breast implants for 10 years or more. Some women remove their implants for health reasons and some women have simply changed their minds about having breast implants. Implant leaking, implant rupture, capsular contracture or BII are all medical reasons to have implants removed or exchanged. Women who ask for implant removal for personal reasons, may just want a size change or they may feel that the implants no longer fit their lifestyle. , and it no longer fits their body image or lifestyle. We are here to listen to your concerns and will do our best to meet your cosmetic surgery needs.
"I've been a patient of Dr Summer Blacks for about 4 years and I would never go anywhere else. I am ALWAYS ecstatic with her work and have had Botox and Restylane filler in my cheeks and lips. Dr Black is not only a total perfectionist but she becomes a friend you feel comfortable confiding in and sharing your life with. I would recommend Dr Black to my own mother....and in fact I did! Now we are both her patients who regularly visit her for all our anti-aging facial perfecting cosmetic work."- A.R. / Google / Feb 06, 2017
"I won’t go to anyone else - Dr. Black is simply the best! I go to her for Botox and filler. She actually listens to me so that together we come up with a course of action that delivers beautiful results. She never leaves you with an unnatural over-blown look."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 09, 2018
"Dr. Elliott Black has years of experience and it shows in his results! - Dr. Elliott Black did my breast implants years ago. They are so natural that even my Ob-gyn couldn’t tell they were implants. I’ve also gone to Dr. Elliott Black for laser treatments and to have my eyelids done. I couldn’t be happier with the results!"- M. / RealSelf / Feb 09, 2018
"Love Dr Summer Black. I had an excellent experience. Very happy with my results. Would recommend Dr Black to all my family and friends!!!"- L.S. / Google / Jan 22, 2018
"Tummy Tuck - Fluer De Lis Cut - After Massive Weight Loss - I absolutely love Dr. Black! She treats you like a friend more than a patient. She is clearly very skilled. Her work is beautiful. She does not try to get you to do any more surgery than what you absolutely need. I have two other friends that have had their tummy tucks after massive weight loss with Dr. Black and they love her, as well. I highly recommend Dr. Summer Black! She performed my fleur de lis tummy tuck in 2013 and my brachioplasty in 2017. She is an amazing surgeon that does beautiful work. I am thrilled with the placement of my incisions on my arms. What I really love about Dr. Black is that she treats you like a friend and not just a patient. She gave me her cell phone number, in case I had any issues. She personally called to check on me when I was home. She made the experiences as pleasant and painless as possible. I can't say enough about her as a surgeon and a person!"- T. / RealSelf / Dec 01, 2017
What to Expect
During your consultation, the surgeon will listen to the your concerns and cosmetic goals before making recommendations for a specific treatment plan. Since each implant revision surgery is unique to the patient's situation, the surgical technique and length of surgery and recovery will vary. The recovery time is generally about a week but you should expect a longer recovery time for multiple or extensive revision surgeries that involve removing scar tissue or removing loose skin. A revision that removes or replaces a breast implant usually allows for the shortest recovery period. If you suspect your breast implant has ruptured, please seek medical attention immediately.
Plan Your Procedure
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We want everyone to be happy with their breast, so we offer breast revision surgery (even if it is to correct another surgeon’s work) to help you reach your cosmetic goals. Please schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about your revision possibilities at Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery.