Revision breast surgery is typically done after another breast procedure like augmentation or reduction. It is frequently used to change the size or appearance of the breasts and may also be recommended to address complications like capsular contracture. Revision breast surgery is a highly specialized procedure that should only be performed by plastic surgeons experienced in all types of surgical procedures of the breast.
Reasons for Revision Breast Surgery
There are a number of reasons why you might consider revision breast surgery:
- Remove or replace implants due to leakage or dissatisfaction with current implants
- Adjust placement of implants in the breast pocket
- Correct capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around implant)
- Lift breasts that have begun to sag after augmentation or reduction
- Improve unsightly scarring after initial operation
- Address breast changes due to pregnancy, weight gain or other factors
Choosing revision breast surgery is a highly personal decision that should be made between a woman and her plastic surgeon. At PCI Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Center, Dr. Andrews works personally with every patient to determine whether revision surgery is the right choice and ensure the best possible outcome from the procedure.
About the Procedure
Revision surgery is performed in a similar fashion to your initial breast procedure. Most surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Andrews will make every effort to use the same incisions to minimize scarring. If this is not possible, that will be discussed at the initial consultation.
Revision breast surgery may take anywhere from 1-5 hours, depending on the specific concerns to be addressed. Recovery from revision surgery is often similar to recovery after the initial procedure, with most patients returning to work and regular activities within 1-2 weeks. Some patients may find the second recovery period goes quicker than the first, while others may discover taking additional time off to heal is slightly more challenging and frustrating.
Choosing a Surgeon
There are many reasons why revision breast surgery may be more complicated than the original procedure. Scar tissue may have formed in the area, making it more difficult for the surgeon to achieve the same smooth results as before. Stretching or other anatomical changes from the original procedure can also make subsequent procedures more challenging.
Communication between the surgeon and patient is an essential component to a successful revision breast surgery. It is also important to choose a surgeon that is experienced in all types of revision procedures to ensure the best possible results. Dr. Andrews is well versed in all types of breast enhancement procedures, including revision surgery. To learn more, contact PCI Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Center at 319-382-8230.