when having revision surgery for breast implants it is very common to switch the pocket from above the muscle to below the muscle or vice versa. The breast implants can also be switched to textured or smooth and a size change too. It depends on why you are having the revision in the first place.
If you had implant over the muscle, can you have them redone under the muscle?
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Breast implant pocket exchange during revision surgery
Change in implant placement
You can definitely have new implants under the muscle. This will have a lower likelihood of capsular contracture or rippling. Sizing would have to be evaluated based on the individual circumstances.
Switching from over to under
Usually, yes, this can usually be done successfully, as long as the implants aren't excessive large and the tissues in the pocket are normal. There are a number of reasons why revision augmentation patients should consider having this procedure. Best to speak with an experienced plastic surgeon in regards to your case.
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You can exchange subglandular implants for subpectoral implants. This will require the use of special techniques like marionette sutures or the use of acellular dermal matrix to ensure the implants stay in the subpectoral pocket.
implant pocket position can be moved from under to over muscle and vise versa. Depends on surgeons preferred technique, the soft tissue quality/quantity the patient has amongst other factors.
Implant exchange from sub glandular to sub muscular position
Yes, you can have breast implants moved from over the muscle to under the muscle, and this is what I do in all of my implant revision cases if they are not already submuscular. There are a number of advantages to having your implants under the muscle, including a decreased risk of capsular contracture (scar tissue around the implants), better visibility of breast tissue on mammograms, and an improved cosmetic appearance to the upper portion of the breasts. Best wishes.
Over to under muscle implants
Yes you can have over muscle implants moved to under the muscle and this is a commonly done revision procedure. Typically it is considered when better coverage is needed for the upper part of the implant, or with implant exchange for capsular contracture.
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