How to tell if your breast implant has rotated or flipped

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As with any surgical procedure, there are often risks or complications that might occur. By working with an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Rachel Walker, Dallas, TX area patients will find that these concerns are significantly reduced. Unfortunately, some patients may have had work done by another doctor that did not meet their expectations or has resulted in a complication. In situations such as this, a patient might want to speak to the team at the Plastic Surgery Center of Dallas to discuss revision surgery. This is common in situations where patients are experiencing a flipped or malrotated breast implant. 

What is breast implant flipping or malrotation? 

Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure during which a plastic surgeon will place an implant to change the size and volume of the breasts for a patient. One of the complications that can occur in a poorly placed implant is that of flipping or malrotation. When a breast implant fails to remain in the original, fixed position, it can result in the need for breast revision surgery. This is especially true when the implant flips (the back side of the implant flips to the front) or has rotated in the breast. 

What can cause breast implant flipping or malrotation? 

  • Injury to the chest/breast area
  • Improper post-operative care
  • Inexperienced plastic surgeon
  • Capsular contracture
  • The type of implant used
  • Large implant pocket

How do I know if my implant is flipped or rotated? 

While the rotation or flipping of an implant is not a life-threatening problem, it can still affect the appearance of the breasts or cause discomfort depending on the severity. Patients may notice volume loss, unusual shape of the breast, or changes in the feeling of their breast and implant. Flipping and malrotation does not always cause discomfort and can sometimes go unnoticed depending on the type of implant used. 

Are you concerned that your implant may be experiencing malrotation or flipping? 

Connect with Dr. Rachel Walker of Dallas, TX to get a proper evaluation and discuss your future needs. Her facility is available at 6190 LBJ Freeway, Suite #500 and can be reached by calling (972) 661-5077. New and established patients in the community are welcome to book their appointment for further examination.    

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