Improvement is a two-way street. We cannot better ourselves without stepping back to assess our progress occasionally. Cosmetic surgery is designed to improve your contours, appearance, and sense of confidence. Sometimes, however, the body matures in conflicting ways with the enhancements you desire.
If you have received breast implants that no longer reflect your ideal figure, Dr Grant Hamlet can help. Conveniently located on Harley Street, The Hamlet Clinic proudly serves the greater London area and beyond. Dr Hamlet is a supremely experienced and dedicated plastic surgeon who understands the evolving needs of the human body. When breast implants need to be refreshed, removed, or reconsidered, The Hamlet Clinic is your ultimate resource.
To benefit from Dr Hamlet’s vast aesthetic knowledge, consider a consultation at your earliest convenience. We also offer virtual consultations for those who cannot visit us in person. No matter where you log on, The Hamlet Clinic wants to connect with you.
What Is Revision Surgery?
Revision surgery is an opportunity to revisit a past enhancement that currently dissatisfies you. In the case of breast implants, some women no longer have the bodily proportions to support the bust size they once desired. The feel of breast implants may also not sit well with some patients, so they may be seeking a more satisfactory solution to their cosmetic and wellness issues.
The primary focus of a breast revision procedure is addressing your implant-related concerns. We want you to feel satisfied with your breast augmentation procedure. If you’re no longer happy with the results of your breast augmentation, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr Hamlet at his London office.
Dr Hamlet is an unparalleled expert in the form and function of breast implant technology. He has studied the pros and cons of various models so that he can articulate the best options for your cosmetic goals. Saline implants offer a safe, pliable avenue for bust enhancement while silicone implants replicate the texture and weight of natural breast tissue. All of the models Dr Hamlet offers are safe and wonderfully varied, so the bevy of choices simply empowers you to guide your own aesthetic journey.
It is common for the body to react to the introduction of a breast implant by surrounding it with protective scar tissue. This tissue creates a pocket around the implant, called a capsule. If the capsule surrounding your breast implant becomes hard or uncomfortable, Dr Hamlet can remove part or all of the tissue in a procedure called a capsulectomy. After correcting the shape or feel of a capsule, Dr Hamlet can then proceed with the implantation of a new implant, if that is what you so desire.
En Bloc Procedure
When a doctor removes both the capsule and its encased implant simultaneously, this is called an en bloc procedure. En bloc is a French term that means all together, so it is efficient and safe for a surgeon to remove a breast implant along with its surrounding scar tissue. Dr Hamlet can then move forward with your breast augmentation procedure if you wish to replace the capsule and outdated implant with new material.
Benefits of Body Enhancement
Regardless of which surgical approach you undergo, a breast implant revision can provide the contours you have always desired. The benefits of achieving the bust that most accurately reflects your self-image are numerous. There are obvious physical boosts to a breast implant revision procedure, but these benefits dovetail with various psychological perks. Revising past imperfections allows you to put insecurities in the rearview mirror. Dr Hamlet can help you bolster your confidence and attain the body of your dreams.
If you received breast implants in the past, there may be many reasons why they do not adhere to your current self-image.
Reasons for Breast Implant Revision
- Desire to update implant type or size
- Rupture or deflation of a past implant
- Dissatisfaction with implant position
- Delayed complications from a past surgery, such as scarring or capsular contraction
In very rare cases, women with breast implants have associated their procedure with the occurrence of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). According to an exhaustive study of breast implant recipients, researchers were only able to tentatively correlate 34 cases of ALCL out of approximately 10 million individual cases. Breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a highly treatable condition, especially when it is diagnosed in its early stages and addressed by a skilled medical professional.
Regardless of causation, Dr Hamlet can help alleviate your concerns about ALCL. If you have any questions, or to determine your eligibility for breast implant revision, please schedule a personal consultation at our London clinic. You can also engage online via remote consultation if that suits your needs more conveniently.
Private Consultation at The Hamlet Clinic
Revision is all about communication. If you are unhappy with a past procedure, Dr Hamlet wants to hear about it. Be prepared to share your medical history and future goals.
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Preparation and Procedure
We tailor the preparation protocols for a breast implant revision to your anatomy and cosmetic needs. As with your first surgery, we administer anaesthesia to perform the revision. When possible, we will also trace the same incision locations from your past procedure to achieve your updated surgical goals.
Dr Hamlet will remove your existing implants and replace them with new breast implants. To properly place the implants of your choosing, Dr Hamlet might need to contour the breast pocket accordingly. If you have excess scar tissue from your previous breast surgery, the doctor may perform either a partial or a total capsulectomy.
To provide additional support to the newly placed implants, Dr Hamlet might need to reposition or reinforce your natural tissue with an acellular dermal matrix. This is a mesh-like weave that adds support and structure to the breast pocket, specifically along the lower pole. AlloDerm and Strattice are two of the more popular brands of acellular dermal matrices.
Once Dr Hamlet has skillfully acclimated the replacement implants in their surroundings, he closes all incisions with sutures. Dr Hamlet covers the breasts with surgical dressing to begin the recuperation process.
There will be some minor bruising and swelling after surgery. Dr Hamlet will prescribe medication to help you manage any discomfort. After a day or two, you will be welcomed back to the Hamlet Clinic to have your bandages removed. We will advise you to wear a supportive bra for at least 2-3 weeks as you heal.
In general, you can resume normal activities 7-10 days after breast revision surgery, but every case varies. Each patient has unique circumstances, so there is a range of recovery times associated with the procedure. You can discuss your individual recovery journey during your one-on-one consultation.
A successful life is a series of improvements and upgrades. If you were dissatisfied with a past breast implant procedure, then Dr Hamlet will not rest until your needs are met and your expectations are exceeded. Your revision surgery will address past grievances by rounding out the look and feel of your bust to your specifications. Just take a look at our glowing reviews to see how overwhelmingly happy our past patients have been. We are humbled by their kind words and we strive to add you to our roster of satisfied clientele.
The price of a breast revision procedure hinges on several factors, including the scope of the surgery and the end goals of the patient. Dr Hamlet will explain the costs involved in a revision treatment during your consultation. We offer several payment options and credit plans, so call 0207 127 4377 to discuss your budgetary concerns. Cost should never prevent quality care, so please do not hesitate to contact The Hamlet Clinic and get the conversation started.
Health experts recommend that women get their breast implants exchanged or removed after 10-15 years. Every patient is unique, so individual results may vary from these guidelines. We want what is best for your health, happiness, and holistic well being.
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- Eaves, F. III & Nahai, F. (2011). Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and Breast Implants: FDA Report. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 31(4)467–468. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090820X11407872
- BIA-ALCL data retrieved from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/patient-safety/breast-implant-safety/bia-alcl-summary
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