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3 Things that Can Botch Your Breast Augmentation

Posted November 04, 2014 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Revision

3 Things that Can “Botch” Your Breast Augmentation

woman covering breastsThe word “botched” literally means “to make a mess of.” If you haven’t heard of the television show Botched, it features many colorful people who have fallen victim to bad plastic surgery results and are seeking revision surgery. Most of the patients on the show attained their botched results from under-qualified or careless plastic surgeons who have made a mess of the results the patients wanted.

While these situations happen every day, a careless surgeon is not always the cause of botched surgery results. Certain unexpected or uncontrollable circumstances can also have a significant impact on the final results of surgery, provoking a patient’s desire for revision.

Below are the top three things that can “botch” your breast augmentation.


While the news of pregnancy is usually welcomed with great joy, there is no denying that a pregnancy can “make a mess of” a prior breast augmentation surgery. Regardless of a woman’s decision to breastfeed, her breasts will change significantly over the course of her pregnancy and afterward due to hormone fluctuation. Her skin may become stretched as a result of volume that is quickly gained and lost, and, although the implants may be in the same position after pregnancy, the breast tissue around them is often redistributed.

Dr. Dubrow can “unbotch” these results with either a breast lift to lift sagging breast tissue to a more youthful position or with a customized breast revision technique that addresses the main point of concern.

Capsular contracture

Capsular contracture is the most common complication with breast augmentation and cannot be predicted by the surgeon. It occurs when the scar tissue that normally develops around the breast implant becomes abnormally hardened, resulting in pain and an unnatural breast appearance. While breast revision is optional in many situations, revision after capsular contracture is necessary. Dr. Dubrow corrects capsular contracture by releasing or removing the scar tissue that surrounds the implant, often exchanging the implants in the process. When there is no significant tissue remaining to cover the new implants, Dr. Dubrow can use tissue support material like Strattice™.

Implant Malposition

Implant malposition is another complication with breast augmentation that can occur as a result of the patient’s tissue and skin quality. Thin tissue or thin skin paired with a heavy implant can stretch out the breasts and lead to “bottoming out,” which makes the nipples appear too high on the breasts. Implant malposition can be corrected by adjusting the scar tissue or strengthening it with tissue support material.

Dr. Terry Dubrow has performed over 5,000 difficult breast revision cases and is considered the go-to plastic surgeon for breast revision surgery. You can watch him at work on the television show Botched or view before and after photos of some of his most satisfied patients.

To schedule your consultation for breast revision surgery, please call Dr. Dubrow’s Newport Beach practice at 949-515-4111 or fill out our online contact form today.