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Is Breast Revision Surgery More Complicated?

Breast revision is more complex than primary cosmetic plastic surgery of the breasts. It is performed when women are not satisfied with their initial results, or when time or other factors create undesired changes. Revision surgery may involve removing implants, replacing implants, changing the plane of implants, or re-shaping the pockets to re-position implants on the chest. It may be performed to correct problems with a primary surgery, such as rippling, symmastia (when implant pockets merge), or capsular contracture (contraction of the scar tissue capsule around the implant, causing distortion).

Is Recovery Time Longer After Breast Revision in Springfield, MO?

Recovery time after breast revision will depend on the type of revision required. This surgery is usually performed with general anesthesia. Most patients can return to work in one or two weeks after surgery. It is important to avoid strenuous activity for several weeks, as instructed by the doctor. You can expect some post-surgical swelling and bruising, which should subside within a few weeks.

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Breast Revision FAQ

Can breast revision surgery be combined with a breast lift?

What are some common reasons for having breast revision surgery?

Can breast revision surgery be combined with a breast lift?

Yes, breast implant revision can include a breast lift in the same procedure. This is done to correct the appearance of sagging breast implants or breast tissue.

What are some common reasons for having breast revision surgery?

Patients opt to have breast revision for several reasons. Some of the most common include:

  • Downsizing implants: Some women with breast implants wish they were smaller. In this case, larger implants can be replaced with smaller implants. This procedure may be combined with a breast lift to reduce excess skin.
  • Ruptured implant: All breast implants have the potential to rupture. If this happens, they can be removed and replaced with new implants.
  • Symmastia: In some cases, breast implant pockets merge across the middle of the chest. The pockets can be separated surgically using the patient’s own breast capsule material or biologic scaffolding material.
  • Rippling: This complication involves ripples from a breast implant that are visible on the surface of the skin. Rippling is more common in thinner individuals who do not have a lot of breast tissue. Various surgical techniques can be used to correct the problem, including fat grafting — using the patient’s own fat to camouflage the ripples.
  • Capsular contracture: The body forms a capsule around a breast implant as a normal part of the healing process. In some cases, the capsule can become harder, thicker, and tighter over time, causing pain and distortion of the implant. This can be corrected by removing the implant and capsule and placing new breast implants in a different position relative to the chest muscle.
  • Bottoming out: This is a type of breast implant displacement in which the implant drops below the crease at the bottom of the breast. Bottoming out requires revision surgery to correct it.
  • Change to a different material or style of implant: Some women may want to change from saline to silicone implants, or vice versa. Or they may desire a different style of implant for a different look and feel of the breasts.

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