Women choose breast enhancement for many reasons, including cosmetic improvement or to restore their confidence after pregnancy. While this procedure offers many benefits and a high satisfaction rate, not every procedure comes with long-lasting and positive results.
A woman may consider having her breast surgery revised for several reasons. Common reasons for revision breast surgery include:
- Changing the size, placement type or projection of the breast implant
- To make the breasts appear more symmetrical
- To change the appearance or feel of the breasts
- To change the location or visibility of scars
- To fix implants that did not slide into their proper location
- To correct complications of a prior procedure
Regardless of the reason you are considering a revision procedure, Dr. Shapiro can help you achieve the results you want.
The first step toward your procedure is a thorough consultation with Dr. Shapiro. It is a good idea to bring in any photos that you like and represent your desired results.
During your consultation, Dr. Shapiro will determine your skin quality, the locations of scars and scar tissue, and whether the implants were placed below or above the pectoral muscle to determine what your revision procedure will require.
Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery
Your secondary procedure may be similar to the first enhancement, depending on the revision and results you are looking for. If the implant type, size or projection will be changed, Dr. Shapiro will make a small incision on top of the old scar to remove the implant. A larger incision will be required to change from a saline to silicone implant, which are pre-filled. If the size of the saline implant will be changed, this may be done by simply adding or subtracting the saline solution through a small incision.
In some cases, a revision procedure just involves changing the breast implant pocket in the tissue. In this case, Dr. Shapiro will modify the pocket to provide better support for the implant for a more even bustline.
If a breast lift has not performed well, Dr. Shapiro will modify the shape and projection of the breast by revising the original procedure. Breast scars can also be corrected for greater confidence.
Recovery from Breast Revision Surgery
Recovery from an augmentation revision is generally very similar to the recovery from your original procedure. Depending on what was revised, the recovery process will most likely be even easier.
Immediately after your procedure, you will have discomfort similar to the first surgery. You should be walking on the day of surgery, but it will take a few days to resume normal activities. The extent of your discomfort will depend on the size and placement of the implants, but stiffness and swelling is common.
Dr. Shapiro may have you wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and fluid build-up, which could cause complications. A breast lift along with implant removal will lengthen the recovery process. If implants are completely removed and that is all that is performed, you will likely have a short recovery with minimal discomfort.
Avoid strenuous activity for the first two weeks. For the first week, sleep with your head and back elevated to reduce swelling. Any drains or stitches will be removed at your follow-up appointment about one week after the surgery.
Most residual swelling resolves on its own within a month, and the implants will “settle” into their final position. At this point, you will see the final results of your procedure.
Breast Enhancement Revision Cost
The cost of your procedure will depend on the extent of the surgery and what is performed, such as revision of the internal implant pocket, external scar revision, or replacement of new implants. Dr. Shapiro will discuss your options during your consultation and break down the cost of your procedure.
Are You a Candidate?
Good candidates for this procedure are in good physical and and a non-smoker. If you want to increase or decrease the size, shape or projection of your implants, correct breast asymmetry, address complications of a prior surgery like capsular contracture or you are unhappy with the results of a previous augmentation surgery, you may be a good candidate. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shapiro to discuss your goals and determine if this procedure is a good choice for you.