Breasts are always changing, whether it is due to aging, weight fluctuations, or other natural processes. If you had a breast augmentation and have become dissatisfied with your results, breast augmentation revision surgery may improve your appearance. Generally, this surgery involves changing the implant, implant size, and addressing any physical imperfections that formed after your initial procedure.
What is Breast Augmentation Revision?
Breast augmentation revision removes or replaces breast implants from a previous breast augmentation. For optimal results, different cosmetic procedures may be performed during or after the breast implant removal. For example, breast implant removal is generally followed by a replacement with a different implant, or a breast lift to restore the position of the breast.
Am I a good candidate for Breast Augmentation Revision?
If you desire any of these changes or corrections, you may consider breast augmentation revision:
- Change in implant size
- Change in implant type
- Decision to remove implants completely
- Correct a previous breast augmentation you are unsatisfied with
There may be medical reasons for breast implant removal, including trauma, disease, or complications. Breast implant complications may include capsular contracture, implant malposition, implant rippling, ruptured implant, and nipple malposition. However, you may have decided that your breast implants are no longer for you.
What can I expect from Breast Augmentation Revision?
Breast implant removal is relatively simple. Dr. Brueck will approach the breast implant through the same incisions as your previous breast augmentation. The length of surgery will vary depending on your particular condition. For example, breast augmentation revision to correct a complication may take longer and often requires complex techniques.
How long is recovery from Breast Augmentation Revision?
Recovery after revision is similar to the first breast augmentation and may be faster in some cases. Breast implant removal may result in an undesirable aesthetic outcome, especially if you’ve had implants for years. This is due to the skin stretching to accommodate the implant, which may not restrict back to its original size and shape.
However, in some cases, breasts do restore to their pre-augmentation appearance, but most patients find additional cosmetic procedures necessary for a pleasing result. Dr. Brueck may recommend a breast lift or an additional breast augmentation to tighten the tissues and excess skin.
When Can I Resume Normal Activities After a Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery?
It can take four to six weeks to recover from breast augmentation revision. However, most people can resume working in a non-demanding capacity within five to seven days. Strenuous physical tasks will need to be avoided until you have healed appropriately.
By week eight, there should no longer be any restrictions on your activities.
How Soon After Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery Will I See the Full Results?
Results from breast augmentation revision can take several weeks to become noticeable. During the initial stages of recovery, swelling of surrounding tissue will obscure your results. As this decreases, your final results will begin to show.
It may take up to eight weeks for swelling to subside entirely and several more months before your breasts feel natural, but visible results should be fully apparent well before that.
How Do I Know What My Results Will Look Like?
We use planning and visualization tools to help our patients understand what their breast implant revision results may look like. Dr. Brueck is a board-certified plastic surgeon who takes every care to ensure the most pleasing and predictable results. During your initial consultation, he can discuss various breast augmentation planning and visualization techniques to help you gain a fuller understanding of what you may be able to expect.
What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used for Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery?
Breast augmentation might be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation with a local anesthetic. Which option is utilized depends on several factors unique to the individual and may differ from person to person.
We will discuss your anesthesia options during your initial consultation to help ensure your optimal comfort during your procedure.
Is It Possible to Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery?
Yes, it is still possible to breastfeed after breast augmentation revision surgery. While risks are possible, procedural steps can be taken to lower the risk of complications in women who plan on having children in the future.
If you plan on breastfeeding in the future, it is important to let Dr. Brueck know so that he can ensure the techniques used for your revision procedure help to preserve milk ducts and nipple sensitivity.
Schedule a Personalized Consult with Dr. Brueck!
If you are dissatisfied with the results of your breast augmentation, then do not hesitate to contact Beauty by Brueck at 239-766-4162 today for a cosmetic consultation. You can also click here to send us an appointment request form, and our staff will help you set up your consult. Our board-certified plastic surgeon serves patients in and around Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Punta Gorda, Florida.