It is not uncommon for women to be dissatisfied with the results of their breast implants or augmentation surgery. That dissatisfaction may stem from anything from aesthetics to complications resulting from the procedure(s).
Fortunately, breast revision surgery by our highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeons at Breslow MD can rectify the majority of those issues. Here is what you need to know about breast revision surgery.
What is Breast Revision Surgery?
The goal of any surgical procedure performed on the breasts is not only to treat pre-existing issues but also to attain attractive results that complement your body. However, if you are not satisfied with the outcome of a procedure, breast revision surgery is an option worth considering.
This kind of surgery involves correcting the aesthetic defects of a previous procedure, as well as mitigating any health complications resulting from the previous surgery.
Some of the most common reasons for breast revision surgery include:
- Correcting breast implants that are either too small or too large
- Helping the patient to switch from silicone to saline breast implants or vice versa
- Restoring a patient’s original breast size
- Treating incision site infections
- Resolving implant migration, folding, or rippling
- Countering the effects of weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding
- Rectifying the effects of capsular contracture
- Removal of implants for any reason
In other cases, breast revision surgery may be necessary for unrelated health complications, such as breast cancer, which is better treated without the implants.
The Breast Revision Surgery Procedure
Depending on your goals or needs, there are several options available to you when it comes to breast revision surgery. During the consultation process, our plastic surgeons in Paramus will discuss these options with you in detail.
Some of these options include:
Silicone or Saline Implant Exchange
This breast revision surgical procedure involves switching a silicone implant for a saline one, or vice versa. The surgeon will first have to deflate the existing implant before removing, after which they embark on eliminating any scar tissue that is on the breast.
If you are switching from saline implants to silicone, the new implants are typically placed immediately after the removal of the saline implants. However, when switching from silicone to saline, the procedure might take longer, as removing silicone implants is a more in-depth procedure that might involve removing some of the surrounding tissue.
Capsular contracture refers to a scar tissue that sometimes forms around an implant, resulting in pain and breasts that are hard to the touch. Capsular contracture occurs when your body has an adverse reaction to the implants.
Our surgeons treat this condition using one of these two procedures:
This procedure involves cutting open the hardened scar to release the implant from constriction. A capsulotomy is ideal for individuals whose contracture affects only a small area around the implant.
Sometimes referred to as a full capsulotomy, this procedure involves the complete removal of the scar capsule. Capsulectomy is ideal for patients with large amounts of scar tissue around their implants.
Capsulectomy is a more in-depth procedure than capsulotomy and, therefore, needs more recovery time.
Breast Implant Removal
Breast implant removal is one of the most straightforward breast revision procedures and usually takes between thirty minutes and an hour to complete. It is done under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference, and involves making an incision through the nipple or under the breast to remove the implant and address any scar tissue.
Breast Implant Deflation
When saline implants rupture or deflate, you will notice a significant change in the shape and size of your breasts almost instantly. Fortunately, the body absorbs saline without any resulting complications, as saline is harmless.
With a silicone implant, however, you might go for weeks without realizing that it has ruptured, as silicone leaks at a much slower rate. If you have reason to believe that your silicone implant has ruptured, our plastic surgeons will help you determine whether that is the case.
Previous Breast Surgery
If the outcome of a prior breast surgery procedure is not satisfactory, our surgeons will work to make your original goal a reality.
Recovering from Breast Revision Surgery
The type of breast revision surgery performed will determine the length and intensity of the recovery process. Recovery from minor surgeries, such as implant removal, can take a few days, and you will be given pain medication to manage any pain and discomfort.
For more complex procedures, however, such as implant replacement surgery, you might need a couple of weeks to recover completely. In addition to pain medication, our surgeons will fit you with a compression bra to improve your comfort during recovery.
Regardless of the type of revision surgery, you will need to avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks following the surgery.
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At Breslow MD, our plastic surgeons have decades of experience helping women love their bodies by not only rectifying the outcomes of previous procedures but also by meeting and surpassing their goals. Book a consultation today!