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Implant Problems

Many patients come to Dr. Spiegel after a previous breast surgery did not turn out as they expected. Their breasts may be a different size than they anticipated or may have changed shape over time due to aging or pregnancy. Capsular contracture and infection are two of the most commonly cited medical reasons for implant-based corrective breast surgery. While some women, on the other hand, are simply dissatisfied with the cosmetic result of breast implants. The most frequent complaint regarding the aesthetic outcome of breast implants is typically in reference to unnatural appearance and feel of the implants.

Common reasons for undergoing an implant revision include:
  • Capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around the breast implant)
  • Breast implant rupture, deflation, or leakage Implant displacement (shifting)
  • Wrinkling or rippling of breast implant
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Disproportionate of breast size
  • Breast pain
  • Breast infection

Fortunately, there are options and surgical techniques available to fix these issues. These options include implant exchange, surgery to release your breast capsule, placement of an acellular collagen matrix, as well as other surgical techniques such as fat grafting or breast lift surgery. Implant exchange surgery can address breast asymmetry, shape, and softness, where placement of a collagen matrix can help support the breast implant and reduce the risk of capsular contracture in the future. As there are many options available, during your consultation Dr. Spiegel will tailor a plan to fit your needs and aesthetic goals.

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