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When Breast Implants Aren’t Forever

Many people seem to look at all plastic surgery as a permanent and irreversible thing. While that may be the case with some procedures, others can be altered or reversed in the future. You may not be able to regain your pre-surgery body, but you don’t necessarily need to keep your post-surgery body forever. For example, people who have had breast implants can replace them, swap for bigger or smaller implants, or adjust them. Usually, implants deflating or rupturing causes the need for extra surgery. But the reasons for having breast revision surgery aren’t always quite so drastic.

Although doctors should educate women about the implications of implants, this doesn’t always happen. This can lead to women having had implants that are too big, incorrectly positioned, or easily visible. Implants that are too big can cause a range of problems. These include stretched skin, wrinkling, unevenness and sometimes can even cause pain. More women are beginning to require breast implant revision surgery to solve these problems.

When a woman has had a life altering surgery to help her feel good about herself, it can be devastating to feel unhappy with the results. Particularly as some women undergo plastic surgery to repair damage, perhaps as the result of a mastectomy. The importance of finding a good surgeon for your first surgery is imperative. This reduces the risk of having to have altering surgery later on. Even those who are happy with their surgery at first may find that they require their implants to be revised later.

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If you are considering implant revision surgery, be sure to think about it as long and hard as you did your original surgery. No surgical procedure is to be taken lightly, even if it is to fix the problems caused by a previous one. Revision surgery can help to repair problems with breast implants. For example, by changing or moving the implants, or repairing any stretched skin. Doctors might even remove breast implants if both the patient and doctor agree that that is what’s best.

Many women want to adjust their breast implants because of problems caused by the first implants. However, others are unhappy for another reason. A large percentage of women who go in for a second breast implant surgery actually want bigger implants, not smaller ones. However, this in turn might lead to the problems experienced by the first set of women. Being unsatisfied with the size of the implants the first time and moving to bigger ones could lead to going too big.

This is one instance where plastic surgery isn’t forever. Luckily, if it’s not right the first time, it can be changed. All women deserve to love their body, and if breast implants have caused problems, there’s no need to put up with them.

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