Change is Possible in Austin
For patients suffering the disappointment of breast implant problems, breast reconstruction failures, and radiation injury, plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Fisher has the extensive experience, meticulous technique, and commitment to personalized care to address your particular breast concerns with breast implant revision at her practice in Austin.
Whether your initial results fell short of your aesthetic goals in size, shape, or symmetry, or you have experienced complications over time such as capsular contracture or deflated or shifting implants, Dr. Fisher can help. She is renowned for consistently delivering safe and beautiful results.
Why Should You Consider Breast Implant Revision?
As much as we would like to control every aspect of our lives, healing can be unpredictable after plastic surgery, and your breast shape will change over time. Women experiencing breast firmness or asymmetry or those with concerns about the possibility of breast implant revision can choose an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with a specialized, breast-focused practice, such as Dr. Fisher.
Some women find that their breasts are still too small or look overly large after their breast augmentation surgery. Others who want breast implant revision may find that they are no longer symmetrical. The human body continues to age, repair itself, and otherwise change after surgery, so the healing process can sometimes create disappointing results. As noted above, one possibility is capsular contracture, which is the result of the formation of hard scar tissue around an implant. This tissue can constrict the device itself, squeezing into a new shape. It is also possible for implants to rotate in their pocket, and even to leak. Saline-filled implants can deflate, causing an overnight asymmetry.
Whatever the motivation, a solution is available in Dr. Fisher's experienced hands.
Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
- Known for natural-looking aesthetic results in breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery.
- Elected by peers for inclusion in Texas Monthly's Texas Super Doctors®: Rising Stars listing.
- Reconstructed over 6,000 patients, including more than 2,500 DIEP flap reconstructions.
- 4.9-star average rating over hundreds of reviews for reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
Your Breast Implant Revision Surgery Experience
During your initial consultation, Dr. Fisher will listen to your unique goals for breast implant revision and answer any questions or concerns you might have. Together you will craft a customized plan to help you safely move toward getting breasts that you find aesthetically pleasing, soft, and symmetrical.
When there is capsular contracture and firm breasts after augmentation, it can be caused by several factors. Bacterial contamination of the implant with breast duct or skin flora during the augmentation can occur. Surgery glove powder or other contaminants can cause irritation around the implant, which can contribute to scar contracture around a breast implant. A leak of liquid silicone can further irritate the scar pocket around the breast implant. Finally, a person's unique genetic makeup can cause a predisposition to scar formation and contracture around the implant.
During a breast implant revision surgery Dr. Fisher will systematically address each problem. It is important that severe contracture with or without a silicone breast implant leak be treated before reshaping begins by a technique called "en bloc resection of the capsule" before reshaping begins. After removal of the entire intact scar pocket and its contents (also known as "en bloc implant removal"), the surgical field is re-prepped and the breast is irrigated with antibiotic irrigation. Then reshaping and a lift is performed to restore a pleasing breast shape. Temporarily, drains will be needed for most patients.
The surgery itself will involve removing old implants as necessary, reshaping and making repairs, and inserting a new implant or implants as desired. Some patients desire implant removal at the time of resection. This involves en bloc resection of the scar capsule and implants and a lift and reshaping of the remaining tissue without the use of an implant. Patients will be under general anesthesia, administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist in our outpatient surgery center. Incision placement, breast lift, and other surgical details will be determined by the nature and scope of the breast implant revision.
Download Our Breast Reconstruction Post-Operative Care Guides
We've compiled detailed post-operative care instructions to best equip our breast reconstruction patients throughout their recovery process. To ensure the best and safest recovery, your plan encompasses appropriate prescriptions and clear directions towards maintaining your comfort to get you back to normal life and activity as soon as possible. Individual patients respond uniquely, and the type of procedure may differ, but these basic guidelines will help you along your journey.
Best Options Beyond Breast Implant Revision in Austin, TX
Dr. Fisher works to minimize the risk of future breast implant revision surgeries by devoting her medical education, surgical skill, and artistic eye to each augmentation patient who comes to her practice. For women who want a different change to their breasts, she offers breast lifts and breast reductions. Any of these procedures can be combined with other rejuvenating surgeries and treatments for a Mommy Makeover to correct cosmetic damage done to the body by childbirth and nursing.