Breast Revision

Breast Revision Questions and Answers

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Breast Revision Questions and Answers
Breast Revision Questions and Answers

Breast revision is a revisionary procedure performed after a breast augmentation. These can address a variety of concerns for people who have had breast augmentation surgery, including asymmetry, sagging, rippling, implant rupture, capsular contracture and malposition (implants moving from their correct location).

How soon after breast augmentation can I get a revision?

For patients who are not satisfied with the size, shape, position, or another feature of their implants after surgery, it is generally recommended that patients wait a minimum of six months after their original surgery before undergoing a breast augmentation revision. Not only does this allow the body a chance to heal from the original procedure, but it also gives patients an ample amount of time to consider a second surgery.

Breast implant complications, like implant rupture or capsular contracture, can occur in some cases after a breast augmentation, sometimes within a few months. Although it will be up to your surgeon to determine if, and when, the procedure can be safely performed, a breast revision may be performed earlier than usual in these cases. It may be necessary to wait longer before undergoing a breast implant revision in cases where women are simply dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of their breast augmentation.

Arguably the most common aesthetic complaint which leads to breast revision is when patients wish they had gone with a larger implant size from the beginning. After a few months when the swelling subsides and patients get used to their new breasts, many women desire a larger size. To avoid this scenario, plastic surgeons should thoroughly consult with patients on implant size preoperatively, using every available tool and technique to ensure that the “right” size is chosen the first time around.

What can I expect after breast revision surgery?

Depending on the specifics of your procedure, recovery from your breast revision surgery may be shorter and less painful than what you experienced after your initial surgery. Expect to feel swollen and sore at first. You may be placed in a support garment, and all of your incisions will be dressed. If needed, a tube may be placed temporarily under the skin to drain excess fluid. Prior to surgery, you will have been briefed on all post-surgery instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon.

It may be a good idea to ask a family member or trusted friend to take you home and accompany you for the next 24 to 48 hours. Most patients can return to their daily routine after a week or two. Vigorous activities should be avoided for three weeks. During this time, any swelling, bruising, tingling or numbness will decrease and, if you had new implants placed, they will settle into their final position. For up to one year following surgery, your scars will continue to fade and soften. Remember not to rush the recovery process; patience is vital when achieving the best possible outcome.

Is breast revision more expensive?

The cost of a breast revision depends on what type of revision is needed. The procedure would probably not be more expensive than a primary breast augmentation, and might even cost less, if a patient is simply wanting to replace one type of implant with another, as in switching from saline to silicone gel, or go smaller or larger in size, and there is no implant malposition or capsular contracture. Depending on the repair needed, if implants do not need to be replaced, and maybe pockets just adjusted, then this procedure might not cost more than a breast augmentation. Certain instances that are more complex and time-consuming than the initial surgery, such as capsular contractures or major malpositions requiring more significant pocket repair and possibly the use of supporting biological materials, may indeed cost significantly more than the initial breast augmentation.

If you or someone you know has undergone breast augmentation and need a revision, come to San Mateo Plastic Surgery today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing breast revisions and can help restore your breasts. For more information on our breast revisions, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our breast revision specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.