I first met Dr. Don Revis of South Florida Plastic Surgery about a year ago, but I had known of him for much, much longer. In fact, Dr. Revis is a bit of a legend in the world of breast augmentation, specifically in the area of revision surgery.
If you've ever heard of a procedure called "The Internal Bra," then thank Dr. Revis. It's a technique for breast revisions that he's perfected, allowing him to have helped countless women who are struggling with complications from their prior breast augmentation.
I get questions about the Internal Bra all the time, and I'm really excited to have recently had a chance to ask Dr. Revis the most common questions I personally had about it.
Let's dive in, shall we?
The Basics of the Internal Bra
Before my interview with Dr. Revis, I thought he used some sort of synthetic mesh material in order to create his Internal Bra. However, that's not the case at all!
He actually describes the Internal Bra as "a strong, permanent suture technique used to correct implant pocket problems."
After learning that his Internal Bra was purely a technique, I asked Dr. Revis if he invented it. He very humbly replied, "Lots of surgeons place some kind of sutures in the breast pockets, but my personal technique has become known as extremely successful and long lasting. I developed it over the course of 16 years and several thousand cases."
When Dr. Revis says, "several thousand cases," that isn't an exaggeration. About 40% of his patients receive his Internal Bra and the vast majority of his patients are from out of town. Even better, since the sutures are permanent, he regularly has excellent 10+ year follow-ups with his Internal Bra patients!
Who Should Consider the Internal Bra?
Dr. Revis is passionate about helping women who aren't happy with the results of their breast augmentation, especially when there are complications such as symmastia, bottoming out, or lateral displacement.
If you aren't familiar with those terms, here's an over-simplified overview of each:
- Symmastia – Symmastia is when the breast implants merge in the middle of the chest, and it's also known as tenting, breadloafing, or uniboob.
- Bottoming Out – This is when the breast implant migrates too far down the chest wall, causing nipple placement to be much too high.
- Lateral Displacement – Similar to bottoming out, expect this is when the breast implant migrates too far to the side of the chest wall—especially when laying on your back.
So whether or not you have overs, unders, large breast implants, or smaller implants, Dr. Revis' Internal bra technique can certainly help you overcome these complications.
Quick note: If you haven't yet had a breast augmentation, Dr. Revis doesn't recommend that you get his Internal Bra. In fact, he said that "it requires a mature capsule to stitch to, and if you don't have breast implants you don't have a capsule."
The Internal Bra is only a revision procedure, and first time augmentation patients do not qualify for the procedure.
Further Benefits of the Internal Bra
One of the most common concerns about breast augmentation, especially with larger breast implants, is how the weight of the implants will affect things.
When I asked Dr. Revis if his Internal Bra would help support the weight of breast implants, he said, "Absolutely, yes. And while the Internal Bra is slightly more painful at first compared to a standard augmentation, it can help relieve any longterm pain or aches from the added weight, as well."
Dr. Revis' Internal Bra can also be very beneficial to women who desire more "upper pole fullness." In other words, having more volume in the top portion of the breast.
And for women who desire lower areola or nipple placement, his Internal Bra can help, as well! By raising the position of the implant, the nipple placement will sit lower on the breast.
Common Concerns About the Internal Bra
As with any procedure, there are a common list of concerns that women typically have when it comes to the Internal Bra. Here's Dr. Revis' quick responses to the most common concerns...
Eden: Is it possible for an internal bra to affect nipple sensation? Dr. Revis: Nope.
Eden: Will an internal bra have any negative affect on thermography, mammograms, or MRI scans? Dr. Revis: Absolutely not.
Eden: Is a larger incision size required when getting an internal bra? Dr Revis: Nope!
Eden: What does the Internal Bra attach to? Dr. Revis: Typically, I'll stitch to the breastbone, ribcage, muscle, fascia, or whatever proves to be the best supporting structure I can find in the area.
Eden: How does having an internal bra negatively affect working out? Dr. Revis: No, in fact the increased amount of internal support it's very beneficial for women who have a more active lifestyle.
Eden: Will anyone be able to feel or tell I have an Internal Bra? Dr. Revis: Not at all.
Revision Photos of Women with the Internal Bra
Below, you will find revision photos that Dr. Revis sent me of women who got the Internal Bra. The top row of photos are before, and the bottom row of photos are after...
Well that about covers it! If the Internal Bra sounds like something that you would be interested in getting, please be sure to contact Dr. Revis. You can find him online at http://www.southfloridaplasticsurgery.com, and tell him Jenny Eden sent you :-)