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Can I increase the size of my saline breast implant without replacing it?


Can I increase the size of my saline breast implant without replacing it?


Saline and breast implants have a finite lifespan and have variable volume depending on the amount of saline or IV saline solution that is placed into the breast implant during the time of surgery.  Saline implant provides flexibility for varying the breast implant volume intraoperatively as opposed to silicone implant which have a fixed volume from the manufacturer.  In the early period after saline breast augmentation, there is an opportunity to increase the size and volume of a breast implant if the desired size is not attained.  Sometimes, however it is more prudent to remove the old saline implant and replace it altogether with a larger volume saline breast implant using a small incision placed around the areola or at the base of the breast.  The decision to replaced, increase the size, or decrease the size of a saline breast implant should be made after a thorough discussion with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, an expert in breast augmentation techniques and breast implant surgery.  Dr. Karamanoukian has expertise in breast implant revision and breast implant corrective surgery to improve the shape and contours of the breast after augmentation. 


If you have questions about breast implant revision or breast implant replacement, including the need for further breast lifting, corrective breast surgery or breast scar revision, please call the office of expert breast surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian in Los Angeles.  Dr. Karamanoukian has offices in Santa Monica and performs plastic surgery in both Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.  Call 310-998-5553.

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