Breast augmentation surgery is a very safe, straightforward and successful cosmetic procedure that enables females to enhance the size and shape of their breasts using artificial implants, and it remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries available today. However, a large percentage of women that undergo breast augmentation will then have subsequent surgery to change their breasts months or years down the line. This is known as breast revision surgery, and we are pleased to be able to offer patients this service performed here at our offices in Dallas, TX.
Reasons for Breast Revision Surgery
There are several reasons why someone might want or need breast revision surgery. These include:
To replace existing implants with new ones. No breast implant will last forever, and it is fairly normal to need to replace them every 10-15 years.
To replace a leaking or deflated implant. If this happens, your revision costs may be covered since many implants come with a guarantee.
To change current breast implants for alternatives. This often happens when a patient decides to increase or decrease the size of their chest because they are no longer happy with the size they are.
Capsular contracture. This is where the scar tissue tightens around the implant, pushing it into an unnatural or undesirable position. Exactly what causes capsular contracture can vary, but traumatic injury and infection are common triggers.
What Happens During Breast Revision Surgery?
Breast revision surgery is normally carried out under general anesthetic and is a fairly short procedure depending on exactly what needs to be done. Where possible, incisions will be made into the same area as before to keep scarring to a minimum. If you are having your breast implants changed for a smaller alternative, it may be necessary for our surgeon to remove some skin tissue. This is because the skin stretches to accommodate larger implants, so by swapping to a smaller version, you may be left with excess skin that causes your new breasts to hang. Removing this will give you the best esthetic result from your procedure.
Exactly what will happen during your breast revision surgery will be discussed with you when you attend your consultation appointment.
Recovering from Breast Revision Surgery
Recovery from breast revision surgery is virtually identical to that from your initial augmentation procedure. Your breasts will be swollen and sore for a number of days or weeks, and you may need to take pain medication to alleviate your discomfort. You will be given specific post-surgery instructions to follow to ensure that you limit your risk of complications and make a smooth, straightforward recovery. Most patients find that they can return to work within two weeks of their procedure, but if you have a very physical job, you may need to take longer off. Again, this is something your surgical team will discuss with you ahead of your procedure.
If you have further questions about breast revision surgery, or if you would like to schedule your no-obligation consultation, please contact Clark Plastic & Hand Surgery in Mckinney, Dallas TX cosmetic surgery offices today.