Revision Breast Surgery
Revision breast surgery may be performed for personal reasons or if a complication arises from the original breast surgery; breast augmentation, breast lift, breast lift with an augmentation, breast reduction, or breast reconstruction. A patient may consider a breast revision procedure for the following reasons: to increase or decrease implant size, implant deflation, leaking of implant, hardening of the breast, breast are not symmetric, bottoming out of the breast, double bubble deformity, rippling of the breast causing the skin to look dimpled or wrinkled, or abnormal scarring. A breast revision is a surgical procedure that recreates the shape, size, and symmetry of the breast. Our experienced surgeons work with each patient to achieve their personal goals of the breast revision. For this procedure patients can undergo general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia. Twilight anesthesia is an IV sedation anesthesia in addition to a local anesthetic. Each breast revision procedure varies depending on the amount of correction needed. In some cases a breast revision procedure can be a complex lengthy process and must be performed in many stages; it may take up to one year to be completed.
Areas of Use
A breast revision is a customized procedure is designed to recreate the appropriate shape, size and symmetry of the breast. This procedure will fulfill the personal needs and goals of the patient, while giving their breast a natural appearance.
Expected Recovery of Revision Breast Surgery
Every revision breast surgery is specific to the patient’s personal needs and in some cases may be performed in stages. The recovery period may vary between 1 to 6 weeks before a patient can return to their regular daily activities. It may take 6 to 8 weeks before a patient can return to strenuous activity: such as running or lifting weights. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and a moderate amount of pain during the healing process. The pain will be controlled with oral medications. It may take up to 3 months for an implant to settle; during this time the patient should avoid wearing an underwire bra.
Duration of Effect
The results from a breast revision procedure may vary due to the type of revision performed. In some instances the results may last forever. However, as we age our skin may be negatively affected by gravity, weight loss or gain, or hormones, this can cause a change in breast size and shape. It is recommended by the FDA that breast implants should be replaced every 10 years and a MRI be administered every two years. A follow up with a physician and the surgeon should be done yearly.