Restore breast appearance, comfort, symmetry, and confidence.
Breast revision surgery is performed to restore the breast appearance and patient comfort after complications or dissatisfaction arise after a previous breast surgery. Women turn to breast augmentation for many reasons (to enhance confidence, gain a more feminine physique, or correct breast asymmetry, to name a few), and the majority of the time, no complications arise. Unfortunately, there is always a risk with an augmentation, aesthetically or physically, that the results may not be what was expected. Whether you’ve had your implants for 10 months or 10 years, breast revision surgery can correct any issues that may arise, such capsular contracture, implant rupture, bottoming out, or dissatisfaction with your original implants.
Breast Revision Candidates
Candidates for breast revision surgery are women who experience dissatisfaction with their original breast surgery. While this procedure can change the size, shape, or appearance of your implants (should you choose to go larger or smaller), breast revision is more commonly performed on women who have experienced implant complications. Candidates for breast revision are physically healthy, non-smoking individuals at a stable weight who have realistic expectations of their results.
The Breast Revision Procedure
The techniques used for your breast revision surgery will vary depending on your specific needs. Typically, general anesthesia is administered before the original breast implant is removed, and a new one inserted into the breast pocket. If desired or necessary, the opposite implant may be replaced as well. You may wish to have your replacement implants be a different size, material, and/or shape from your original implants. After the placement of the new implant(s), all incisions are closed, and you will be wrapped in a compression garment.
Capsular contracture is a risk of breast augmentation that occurs when the scar tissue that forms around the implant tightens and begins to squeeze the implant. This results in an implant that is aesthetically distorted and may cause pain. Breast revision must be performed to alleviate the discomfort from capsular contracture. During this procedure, Dr. Rosen will remove the original implant and the surrounding scar tissue. A new implant will be placed in the pocket.
Although rare, some women turn to breast revision surgery to correct asymmetrical breasts that have resulted from a previous breast surgery.
Unfortunately, implant rupture or implant deflation can occur at any point after breast augmentation, and a breast revision is necessary to remove the damaged implant. Should your cause of breast revision surgery be a ruptured silicone implant, Dr. Rosen will remove any loose silicone that may have leaked out. Any saltwater from a saline implant rupture will be safely and naturally absorbed by the body. Once the ruptured implant is removed, it will be replaced with a new one.
You will be wrapped in a surgical compression garment following your procedure. This garment will help reduce swelling and aid in the healing process. In the initial days following your operation, you can expect to experience bruising, swelling, and some discomfort. Oral pain medication can remedy this discomfort. Although you can return to work and your normal schedule within a few days, you should refrain from any strenuous activity, especially activity of the upper body, for four to six weeks to best allow for proper healing.
The results from your breast revision surgery will become apparent as soon as the bruising and swelling subside. This healing generally occurs after a few weeks, although it may take up to a year for your breasts to fully heal.