Your Breast Surgery Options Explained

A woman’s breasts can impact her self-esteem and self-confidence significantly. There can be changes in the breasts from aging, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and even diseases such as cancer. Thankfully, there are numerous surgical options available for women that can give them the breast look they want and improve their quality of life. 

Breast Surgery Options

Every woman’s body and goals are different. There are options for any need. Some surgeries can be combined, as well. Here are breast surgery options that you and your surgeon can choose from:

  1. Breast Augmentation: When your breasts are not the size you want or are asymmetrical, breast augmentation can help. This is one of the most popular surgeries performed because it helps women feel more confident and can give better shape, volume, and contours to the breasts.
  2.  Breast Implant Exchange: After a woman has had augmentation, she may eventually decide on a breast implant exchange, also called a revision. This procedure entails removing the current implant and putting in a new one. Some reasons this surgery is done are due to capsular contracture, rupture, wanting to change the size or shape of the implant, or wanting to change the type of implant.
  3. Breast Implant Removal: Sometimes, a woman may decide to remove the implants permanently. It can be because she experienced problems with her implants, or sometimes she just wants to go back to the natural size and shape of the breasts instead of the current augmented one.
  4. Breast Reduction: When a woman’s breasts become excessively large, they can cause great discomfort to her. The weight can cause back and postural issues that impact the quality of life. If a woman is faced with these problems, she may decide to reduce the size of her breasts surgically to help. This surgery can reduce and eliminate pain and other issues caused by large breasts such as sell-consciousness or the inability to do activities she loves.
  5. Breast Lift: Aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and breastfeeding can impact the firmness and volume of the breasts. They may begin to sag and droop. A breast lift can help them sit higher on the chest and look more youthful and firmer. Sometimes breast lifts are combined with augmentations or reductions to give the best results.
  6. Breast Reconstruction: Breast cancer can sometimes cause a woman to lose her breasts via mastectomy. This is a necessary surgery, but the loss of one or both breasts can impact a woman emotionally. There are methods to reconstruct breasts after mastectomy. The two main options surgeons have are implants or using the patient’s tissues to rebuild and give them a new breast or breasts. Having this surgery can help a woman celebrate survival and also help her heal emotionally at the same time. She will feel more feminine and like her old self again.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in one or more of these procedures, call Lorraine Golosow, MD. and her staff today to book your consultation.

Help! My Breast Implant Ruptured!

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Every kind of breast implant is constructed with an outer shell made from silicone. The silicone can develop a hole or tear, which is called a rupture. As time goes on, the chances of your implants leaking or rupturing becomes higher. What do you do if an implant ruptures?

Recognizing a Ruptured Breast Implant

There are a surprising number of circumstances that can cause an implant to rupture. Ruptures aren’t always caused by a hard impact or trauma. As the implant ages, it naturally becomes less sturdy and more susceptible to rupturing. At that point, any number of things can cause damage. You might experience trauma in a car accident, have a needle inserted through the implant during a biopsy, or have a rupture caused by damage to the implant caused during the first surgery.

Saline Ruptures

Saline and silicone ruptures are different in their presentation. Saline ruptures and leaks can occur due to damage or a failing valve. The leak causes the saline to exit the implant over a few days, which then leads the breast to appear deflated. The deflated appearance immediately indicates that it’s ruptured. Because the body absorbs the saltwater, there aren’t immediate consequences from the leak itself.

Silicone Ruptures

A silicone rupture involves gel instead of liquid saline. Since the gel solution is thicker, it leaks much more slowly. Some people don’t notice their silicone implants have ruptured for a while because they don’t cause the same rapid deflation as a saline rupture. The body is not capable of absorbing silicone gel.

The signs might be more subtle than an obvious deflation. Your breasts might gradually change in size and shape. You might also experience tenderness that escalates into increasing pain, swelling, and firmness as the gel continues to leak. The rupture can lead to capsular contracture. If your rupture doesn’t present with symptoms, it’s called a “silent rupture.”

Implant Rupture Screening

Since silent ruptures are a possibility, the FDA has screening guidelines to check for rupture problems. The first screening should occur three years following the original implant surgery, and then every two years following that. Having health insurance cover the screenings might be difficult, so you will need to discuss options with your doctor’s office.

Correcting an Implant Rupture

Unfortunately, yes, a ruptured implant is a cause for corrective surgery. This remains true whether the rupture involves gel or saline. During the surgery, the implant will be removed. Depending on the circumstances, your surgeon might remove the scar tissue capsule that surrounds the implant, or they may opt to cut through the capsule by creating small incisions. Even if only one implant is ruptured, most surgeons will remove both implants during the surgery. Any silicone that’s leaked beyond its capsule will also be removed by your plastic surgeon during the surgery. You can get breast implant replacement surgery in order to keep the look that you gained with the implants before they ruptured. Speak with Dr. Golosow about your options during a consultation appointment today!