SOURCE: Cummings Plastic Surgery

Cummings Plastic Surgery

April 14, 2015 07:01 ET

Plastic Surgeon in North Carolina on Why Patients Elect to Upgrade Breast Implants

Dr. Richard Cummings Lists Common Reasons Patients Choose to Upgrade Their Implants and Touches on the Implant Revision Procedure

KINSTON, NC--(Marketwired - Apr 14, 2015) - Year after year, breast augmentation with implants remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the United States, notes North Carolina plastic surgeon Richard Cummings, MD. While most women are extremely satisfied with the outcome of their operation, he states that some patients eventually wish to upgrade their breast implants for various reasons. To assist these individuals in achieving their aesthetic goals, Dr. Cummings provides a procedure known as breast implant revision at his practice.

According to a recent blog post on his website, Dr. Cummings reveals that some of the most common reasons to exchange one's breast implants include the desire/need to:

  • Upgrade from saline implants to silicone gel implants
  • Decrease or increase one's breast size
  • Alter the shape and/or symmetry of the breasts
  • Replace a ruptured and/or leaking implant
  • Correct possible breast augmentation complications like implant malposition, capsular contracture, symmastia, and more

At his practice, Dr. Cummings indicates that most patients seeking to exchange their implants are interested in upgrading from saline to gel-based silicone breast implants. Reason being, he explains, silicone gel implants such as the high-strength cohesive gel implants manufactured by Sientra® are considered by many to produce a more natural look and feel in comparison to saline. Furthermore, he adds that these implants have showed reduced rates of rippling and deflation in clinical studies.

Regardless of the motivation for a breast implant upgrade, Dr. Cummings says the implant revision procedure can typically be performed using the patient's original augmentation incisions, which often results in no additional scarring. The operation is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient surgery, and he notes that it generally takes approximately an hour to complete depending on the individual's unique needs and goals.

Ultimately, Dr. Cummings states that breast implant revision can be an excellent option for patients who are dissatisfied with their previous breast augmentation, as well as those whose breast enhancement goals have changed over time. "For each and every patient, the implant exchange procedure can be customized to ensure that optimal outcomes are achieved."

About Richard Cummings, MD

After earning his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Cummings remained in Miami to complete his residency and internship in General Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Miami VA Hospital. He then completed his Plastic Surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Cummings has conducted over 8,000 breast augmentation operations, and he is renowned for his expertise in breast enhancement surgery.

To learn more, visit and Dr. Cummings is available for interview upon request.

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