European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 22–26

Revision operations after silicone gel breast implantation: a retrospective study

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00238-006-0039-0

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van Reij, E.J.F. & Nicolai, J.P.A. Eur J Plast Surg (2006) 29: 22. doi:10.1007/s00238-006-0039-0


The present study discusses the number of reoperations in 10 years after silicone gel breast implantation in a cosmetically augmented group and a reconstructive group. Information was obtained from a total of 185 medical records. The aesthetic group contained 105 patients, the reconstructive group 37; 43 patients were excluded because of insufficient follow-up. The mean number of reoperations in the cosmetic group was 0.72 (SD=1.40); 67 patients had no revisions. In the reconstructive group, the mean number of reoperations was 2.59 (SD=2.03); five patients had no revisions. In the entire group of 142 patients, 72 (50.7%) had only the primary operation, 29 (20.4%) had one revision, and 41 (28.9%) had two or more revisions after breast implantation in the ten-year follow-up period (p=0.00). Reconstructive patients have a higher risk of reoperation than cosmetic patients. The most common complication in both groups was capsular contracture.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic SurgeryUniversity Medical Center GrongingenGroningenThe Netherlands