European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 22–26 | Cite as

Revision operations after silicone gel breast implantation: a retrospective study

Original Paper


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.


Silicone Breast Implantation Revision 



The authors gratefully acknowledge Dr. K. Jansen for his support in the statistical analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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