Breast surgery is a personal decision which should be made mindfully and thoughtfully. While moving forward with the best of intentions, sometimes a patient’s surgical outcome is not to her satisfaction. Be it a breast reduction, breast augmentation, or breast lift with augmentation, a situation may arise which triggers a patient to consider a revision.
There is an array of issues which may occur following the primary operation.
“There is one issue that we call symmastia in where the skin in between the breasts actually lifts off the sternum and can be challenging to correct,” said patient concierge Karen Martindale, who works alongside renowned plastic surgeon Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho. “And another issue a patient may experience is capsular contracture.”
Other matters patients experience may include symmetry challenges, downsizing or replacing breast implants, and more. Martindale explained that some patients after their childbearing years may have had implants to improve volume without a lift. Patients who want a revision in this case are generally not content with the descension.
Martindale explained that when a woman comes in for a consultation, it is most optimal if they have on hand their previous operative notes and what type of implants they currently have so the doctor can review the material.
“Following this, Dr. Bolitho will perform an examination and will be able to show patients a before-and-after gallery of those who underwent the same type of procedures with outstanding results.”
Martindale attributes Dr. Bolitho’s expertise from years of experience in performing breast reconstruction surgeries for women who had lost one or both breasts to cancer.
And each person is different in terms of how long they will wait until they seek a revision. In addition, they may undergo more than one revision.
“Some patients will travel long distances to find the right surgeon to help them with their issue. We’ve had patients in our practice who find Dr. Bolitho after undergoing several revisions,” she said.
According to Martindale, Dr. Bolitho has helped women achieve the aesthetic symmetry they desired, avoid another capsular contracture, and reverse a host of other issues.
“Many women we see in consultations are so close to taking out their implants completely due to the frustration levels,” she said. “I personally have a friend who had eight procedures before she came here to see Dr. Bolitho.”
Martindale shared how her friend was told by one surgeon that she had to have her implants removed because she was prone to capsular contracture. She would encapsulate weeks after surgery, and her implants would be hard again.
And then she went to Dr. Bolitho for a revision.
“My friend is so happy and there has been no evidence of a repeat capsular contracture,” she said.
Martindale’s friend is one of many patients who has sought Dr. Bolitho for help. Breast revisionary surgery can truly transform a woman’s desired aesthetics.