Facts and Statistics
- For many years hardening around an implant (capsular contracture) was the leading cause of breast implant revision surgery. This number has now decreased dramatically due to improvements in implant technology and surgical technique.
- The leading cause of revision surgery today is implant malposition — implants not sitting in their desired position under the breast tissue. The likelihood of malposition can be minimized with precise surgical technique, careful selection of implant sizes to match the measurements of the existing natural breast, and following a specified post-surgical routine during the important initial healing period.
- Almost 50% of Dr. Brown’s breast procedures today are dedicated to aesthetic and reconstructive revision surgery. Dr. Brown performs over 150 revision breast surgeries per year.
- Fat injection has become a very important and useful tool in revision breast surgery procedures. Dr. Brown incorporates fat injection in over 75% of his reconstructive breast surgeries and in a majority of his aesthetic revision procedures.
Important Messages About Breast Implants from Dr. Brown
- Breast implants are not “once in a lifetime” devices. Although there is no “shelf life” and implants do not need to be replaced on a regular specified schedule, almost all women with implants will need to have them removed or replaced at some point in time.
- Implants can be monitored for signs of rupture or fluid in the space around an implant with High Resolution Ultrasound (HRUS). This simple non-invasive procedure is offered through our office to all of our breast implant patients.
- If there is a concern about an implant being broken, the best test to identify a rupture is an MRI.
- Breast implants can have a smooth or a textured surface. Concerns have been raised about a connection between textured surface implants and a rare type of lymphoma called ALCL. If you have textured implants, you should discuss this with your original surgeon, or feel free to reach out to our office for advice.