Implant Revision Surgery — Do You Need It?

Nothing lasts forever.

That adage applies to breast implants, too. When a woman makes the important decision to have her breasts augmented, she also needs to consider the probability that she will need at least one revision surgery to replace her implants. Revision surgery isn’t really the right name for these procedures with Dr. Kearney; it would be better to think of them as replacement surgery.

Implant lifespans are increasing with better manufacturing standards and the materials used. Still, implants will need replacing. Now, there are cases where implants last for 30 years, without leakage and without capsular contraction. But this is the exception. Most surgeons estimate the average implant lifespan in the range of 10 to 15 years. Leakage or rupture is more prevalent at that point.

Newer options such as gummy bear implants and the Ideal Implant (with layered construction and two pockets for saline solution) could last longer, but their relatively recent addition to implant options means there isn’t a 20-year study cycle on these options yet.

Beyond replacing a ruptured or damaged implant, there are other reasons to replace your implants:

  • You seek to change the size.
  • Capsular contraction around the implant needs to be addressed.
  • You want to correct or change the outcome from your original augmentation.
  • You have had weight fluctuation and the tissue surrounding the implant has changed.

For revision procedures, Dr. Kearney will consult with you about your implant revision options. Maybe the implants need to be re-positioned, maybe the breast tissue needs to be lifted. The goal is to feel as good, or even better, about your revision surgery as you did with your original augmentation.

The revision procedure is usually only about one quarter as painful as the original surgery and recovery, unless there is extensive capsular contraction. The same incision location from the original surgery can be used. Sometimes, though, patients seek to move the implants from in front of the breast muscle to behind it. Obviously, this can’t be done through the original incision.

So, whether you think you may have leakage or contracture in your original implants, or whether you wish to change their size, shape, or position, set up a consultation with Dr. Kearney. His expertise will ensure your satisfaction with your implants. Call us at (858) 677-9352 to make your appointment.

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After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
  • Answering machine: Please do NOT leave important messages on the after hours greeting during the next 2 weeks as they may not be checked in a timely manner. Instead, we ask you to call or email during the above hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Kearney and staff

858.677.9352

www.kearneymd.com