Breast Augmentation Revision
Breast augmentation revision surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, and because of this many breast augmentation revision surgeries are necessary. Common reasons for breast augmentation revision surgery include a desire to change the size of the implant, improve the natural look and feel of the breasts, and to correct capsular contracture.
Depending on the problem you are experiencing, there are many options for correcting unsatisfactory breast augmentation. The type of surgery recommended for for you will be determined by your body shape, your breast tissue, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation revision surgery?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for breast augmentation revision;
- You are unhappy with the size of your breast implants
- The location or size of each implant is asymmetrical compared to the other
- Implants that were placed incorrectly; those placed unnaturally high on the chest and do not settle into the correct position; implants that were placed unnaturally low on the chest, or implants that are too widely spaced apart
- One or both of your implants have defects; including deflation or rupture, or the implant can be seen or felt through the skin
- Capsular contracture: your body has formed a thick scar around the implant, causing it to feel more firm and can be painful
- Symmastia: the appearance that the breasts are connected in the midline
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, family history of breast cancer, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Considerations With Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery:
Breast Cancer: There is no scientific proof that breast augmentation increases your cancer risk. However, breast implants do make it more difficult to acquire thorough mammograms. This may be a special consideration for women who have a higher risk of breast cancer.
Weight Loss: If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, be sure to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio. He will likely recommend you achieve your weight-loss goals prior to surgery.
Pregnancy: It is also important to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable breast changes and could affect your surgery. Breast implants do not affect pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Surgery and Recovery
Breast augmentation revision is an outpatient surgery, usually performed with local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings or a surgical bra. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complications and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your breasts will be stiff and tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must not lift, pull or push anything and do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least two weeks. Dressings will be removed within several days and you may be required to wear a supportive garment. Stitches are absorbable and no removal will be necessary. Swelling and discoloration may occur but resolves itself within 3-4 weeks. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.