Your Breast Implant Revision Surgery Journey
The decision to undergo breast revision surgery is guided by one of two things: necessity or preference. While some breast revision procedures are needed after implant complications, other procedures are elective, allowing the size or type of implant to be adjusted. Whether your goal is to return your implants to their healthy and original appearance or to enhance their appearance, Dr. Andreasen will help you attain the results you desire.
Dr. Andreasen is a leading breast and body surgeon in the Inland Empire who understands the emotional and physical difficulties of breast implants in need of revision. During your consultation, Dr. Andreasen will evaluate your medical history, your implant complication or dissatisfaction with your implants, and your goals so that he can establish the best course of action to allow you to reach your desired results. Dr. Andreasen attracts patients all over Southern California including Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, and Ontario.
While breast revision surgery can be performed alone to bring about the necessary corrections or enhancements to your implants, it can also be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, to transform your body and enhance your overall confidence. Our primary goal is to return the aesthetics of your implants to a natural look, which will allow you a better self-image while addressing your concerns at the same time.
Breast Implant Revision Options
Breast Implant Exchange
One of the most straightforward forms of revision, breast implant exchange is the act of replacing the original implants with another set. This can be the case after implant rupture or implant deflation; it can also be performed when the patient decides to choose a different size or implant material. In cases of implant rupture, you should consider revision as soon as possible to allow for a more comfortable procedure and quicker recovery.
Capsulectomy, Capsulotomy, and Capsulorrhaphy
The most common complication with breast implants involves the scar tissue that forms around the implant. This scar tissue is known as a capsule. When the scar tissue tightens and thickens around the implant, it can cause pain and distortion of the breast. A capsulectomy is performed to remove the capsule of scar tissue and exchange the implant. Other complications with the scar tissue can result in the implant falling to the side or bottoming out. A capsulotomy is performed to allow for increased movement of the implant, and a capsulorrhaphy is performed to allow less movement of the implant.
Breast Implant Removal
Although very rare, some patients choose to part ways with their breast implants for good. Breast implant removal surgery is performed on patients who have decided that implants are no longer for them. While you may experience some skin laxity or ptosis after this procedure, a breast lift can remedy that situation. And should you decide that you miss your implants, they can always be replaced.
Complex Breast Revision Surgeries
Some breast implant problems stem from infection, recurring capsular contractures, or previous surgeries. These complications require your revision to be combined with reconstruction. Implants may be temporarily removed to allow for reconstruction at a later time.
Breast Implant Revision Surgery Concerns
Following your surgery, you will be wrapped in bandages and compression garments similar to after your initial augmentation procedure. In some situations, drains may be placed to aid in the healing process. The extent of your recovery will depend on the extent of your surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Andreasen will discuss with you what to expect during your recovery.
Scars will be present at any incision sites. For some revision procedures, Dr. Andreasen can use the same incision as your previous surgery; however, that is not always the case, and additional incisions may be necessary. Incisions will be made as discreetly as possible, and all scars will fade.
The cost of your breast revision surgery will depend on many factors, such as the techniques used and extent of the surgery, anesthesia fees, surgical fees, facility fees, and implant material. Contact or call in Ontario to Schedule a Consultation. Dr. Andreasen and his staff will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
General anesthesia guarantees a painless procedure. Afterward, you may experience bruising, swelling, and pain at the incision sites. All discomfort can be remedied with oral pain medication. You should follow all of Dr. Andreasen’s post-operative suggestions as well as listen to your body. You’ll know when it is time to return to your normal routines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for breast implant revision surgery?
Candidates for breast revision surgery experience complications with their implants, such as capsular contraction, rupture, deflation, and bottoming out, or they may wish to change the aesthetic of their implants. Candidates should be in good general health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results.
What are the possible complications for breast revision?
While uncommon, possible complications associated with breast revision surgery include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor wound healing
- Breast asymmetry
- Fluid accumulation
How soon after my initial breast surgery can I have the revision?
For instances of implant complication, revision surgery should be done as soon as possible. If you are choosing to undergo revision surgery for aesthetic reasons, then you can safely undergo the procedure once your initial recovery period has ended and you are in good health.
Should I switch my breast implants to “gummy bear” implants?
Many of Dr. Andreasen’s patients have decided to swap out their old silicone or saline-filled implants with “gummy bear” breast implants. While these cohesive, shaped silicone implants can provide improvements to your breast form, traditional implants are still highly successful and in high demand. This is an elective choice that you can discuss with Dr. Andreasen during your consultation. Dr. Andreasen welcomes patients all over Southern California including Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, and Ontario.