When breast implants are placed, ideally they will satisfy the patient’s goals and last for a very long time. For various reasons, however, some women may choose to remove and replace breast implants that were placed at a previous time. This procedure is known as revision breast surgery, and it can be used to address complications or change the size or type of implant.
Reasons For Valparaiso Revision Breast Surgery
There are many reasons that women elect to have their implants removed or replaced. Many of them are deeply personal reasons that have nothing to do with the outcome of procedure. Others may be due to a change in preference. Still further, some women visit Dr. Bose due to implant-related complications or because a previous surgeon did not provide the results that were expected.
It may be time to consider a revision breast surgery if you:
- Have a collapsed saline implant
- Have a silicone implant with a shell leak
- Have implants that have shifted and changed position
- Are unhappy with the size or shape of your breast
- No longer wish to have breast implants
- Are unhappy with asymmetry in your breasts
- Are unhappy with changes in your breasts caused by weight fluctuations, pregnancy or breastfeeding
If you think revision breast surgery may be right for you, Dr. Bose will wish to meet with you in person to find out the reasons for your request and assess your current health. In general, you will need to be a non-smoker in good health to undergo a revision surgery. Your consultation will also include a conversation about your goals and concerns, as well as a physical assessment of the surgical site.
Types Of Revision Breast Surgery
Every revision breast surgery is different and unique to the individual patient. Various techniques can be used depending on the reasons for the surgery. For example, Dr. Bose may be able to use the original incision site for a patient who simply wishes to replace an original implant with a larger one. A patient who desires other changes, such as repositioning of the nipple and areola, may need additional incisions.
Keep in mind that you have many options to consider with a revision surgery. For example, a patient who wants to reduce the size of an altered breast may notice that the skin has stretched to accommodate the larger implants. Once the implants are removed, the skin will remain with less volume to fill it. In this type of scenario, Dr. Bose may recommend undergoing a breast lift at the time of implant removal to prevent sagging.
What To Expect
Revision breast surgery is much like other breast surgeries, in that they are performed under general anesthesia. However, the results and recovery time following the procedure will vary depending on the type and extent of the operation.
Since Valparaiso revision breast surgery patients have already undergone an initial breast surgery, most know what to expect following the procedure. It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort in the weeks after breast surgery, although this can typically be managed using the medications prescribed by Dr. Bose. Revision breast surgeries will require a follow-up appointment with Dr. Bose, although most patients can return to work after just a couple of weeks.
If you are unhappy with the results of a previous breast procedure, why live with the long-term consequences of that surgery? Contact the team here at Bose Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation and begin the path to a more confident you. We look forward to serving you soon.