Women undergo breast surgery for various reasons, including cosmetic improvement and emotional and physical health.
The benefits are invaluable to the patient and more often than not contribute to immense satisfaction.
Unfortunately, not every procedure generates enduring positive results.
There are reasons that undesirable results can occur; some of which are unforeseen during the consultation prior to breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction. Problems can also develop over time as the body ages and weight fluctuates, or because a patient has not provided adequate care for the implants and surrounding breast tissue.
Complications from prior breast surgery can be repaired with revision breast surgery. Issues that necessitate revision include capsular contracture, ruptured implants, breast asymmetry, and implant malposition.It is also possible that the issue at hand is not a question of a defect, but merely a personal preference to increase or decrease the size of a set of breast implants.
The Revision Breast Surgery Process
Candidate for revision breast surgery are often women who have breast implants and are experiencing problems with firmness, shape, symmetry, or rippling. Dr. Kessler will address these problems at an accredited surgical center while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia. A typical breast surgery revision takes 3 to 4 hours.
The exact problem with the implant will determine which type of incision the surgeon will make. Periareola incisions are made in the skin just under the lower half of the areola of the nipple. This type of incision is commonly used when removing a breast implant.
Circumferential incisions around the areola and inverted-T incisions are also options. When possible, old incision scars may be used as a guide to limit further scarring. The surgeon will determine which is appropriate for the individual patient’s situation.
After making an incision, the surgeon will then be able to address the problem with the breast, whether it is unnatural positioning of the nipple, an implant pocket that has become overridden with scar tissue, or any one of a number of other issues that can be corrected. The breasts will be improved in shape, projection, and symmetry as needed.
Revision Breast Surgery Recovery
Sometimes patients find that recovery following a revision is easier than the primary surgery, especially when only minor manipulation of the breast is needed. One week after revision breast surgery most women are feeling well enough to return to work.
Sutures will be removed after five to ten days. Since the affected area is in the upper body, exercises and heavy lifting involving the area above the waist should be avoided for four weeks. Lower body exertion can occur after only two weeks.
Most complications associated with revision breast surgery are rare. There is a low possibility of the same problem reoccurring or other issues with the breast tissue or implants developing. These can require additional procedures.
Frequently ask questions
What is a Breast Revision?
A Breast Revision is a surgical procedure designed to correct or improve the results from a previous Breast Augmentation. Breast Revision can correct problems with implants, including Capsular Contracture, ruptures, implant deflation, wrinkling, or malposition.
How is a Breast Revision performed?
The specific technique used will depend upon the problem which needs to be addressed. A capsular contracture can be performed by removing the capsule often without creating a new incision. Complex revisions may require fat grafting or the addition of dermal tissue to increase the thickness of the breast tissue around the implant.
Implants can be removed, replaced and put in new locations, such as under the muscle if the original position was below the muscle, excise unwanted tissue, and reshape the breast. Once the appropriate changes have been made, the incisions will be sutured and allowed to heal.
Who is a good candidate for a Breast Revision?
The perfect candidate for a Breast Revision will be a woman in generally good health, dealing with the rupture of a silicone implant, the deflation of a saline implant, or Capsular Contracture. Women with thinning breast tissue and visible rippling or malposition of the implant are also candidates for revision surgery.
Where is the Breast Revision procedure performed?
Breast Revision procedures are performed by Dr. Kessler at the award winning Star Point Surgery Center.
What type of anesthesia is used during a Breast Revision?
A Breast Revision is performed under general anesthesia.
How long does a Breast Revision procedure take?
Depending on the specific patient, a Breast Revision will take around three hours, depending on the extent of correction required.
What can I expect from the Breast Revision recovery?
Patients should expect their recovery from Breast Revision to last about seven to fourteen days. Mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising may occur initially, but will resolve over the first several weeks. Proper pain medications will be prescribed to keep patients comfortable at home during their recovery. Exercise and heavy lifting should be postponed until at least four to six weeks after surgery.
When can I return to work after a Breast Revision?
Breast Revision patients are normally feeling well enough to return to work in approximately five to seven days depending on the procedure.
What are the risks of a Breast Revision?
Although rare, potential complications from a Breast Revision can include excessive bleeding, asymmetry, loss of nipple or breast sensation, and infection.
Will a Breast Revision leave scars?
Yes, patients should expect some visible scarring after their procedure, depending on the exact Breast Revision procedure performed. Scars will fade significantly over time.
Can I finance my Breast Revision?
Kessler Plastic Surgery is pleased to accept cash and credit cards, as well as healthcare financing through CareCredit. Contact our office for more information, or apply online for instant approval. You may begin using your CareCredit account immediately.