Premier Puget Sound Plastic Surgeon Dr. Chris Nichols, MD has extensive expertise in Breast Surgery, including Revision Breast Augmentation Surgery. Revision Breast Surgery is typically more complicated than the initial Breast Enhancement Surgery, so it is crucial to have a well-qualified Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr. Nichols, perform the procedure.
before & after photos
WHAT IS BREAST IMPLANT REVISION SURGERY?
The goal of breast revision surgery is to replace old breast implants with new implants. Often the goal is also to change or improve the appearance of the breasts while updating the implant material.
This may include:
- A concurrent breast lift or reduction
- Reshaping the breast implant pocket to reposition the implant on the chest
- Either increasing or decreasing the size, shape or style of the breast implant
The desire to have breast implant revision surgery can be because of any of the following reasons:
- Desire to change the size of the breasts
- Pain from capsular contracture
- Concern about rupture or migration of implant
- Change from saline to silicone or different style of implant
Over time, breast implants can change shape or size, and the overlying breast tissue can also change, creating an appearance or feel to the breast that is less desirable than the original result. Also, many breast implants have a lifetime warranty on the actual implant device, but after ten years the costs associated with having surgery to replace the implants are no longer covered. Because of this, many women will elect to replace or update their breast implants at or around the 10-year time frame.
Breast implant revision surgery is not a standard or routine procedure and needs to be tailored specifically to the patient’s goals and desires. Therefore, this surgery should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-trained and experienced in all types of breast surgery and who will listen to the patient’s goals and desires and will develop a surgical plan specifically to address all of the issues at the time of surgery.
Breast implant revision surgery is intended for patients who have had a breast augmentation in the past and are now unhappy with their implants or concerned about the condition of their implants. This procedure can address those concerns by replacing the existing implants with new implants.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST REVISION SURGERY?
In general, you may be a good breast implant revision candidate if:
- You are unhappy with size, shape or appearance of your breast implants
- You are concerned about the integrity or condition of your implants
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a nonsmoker
If you’re considering surgery, spend some time reviewing breast implant revision surgery photos and learning about what to expect during recovery. Preparation ahead of time helps patients have reasonable expectations and a smoother recovery.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING A CONSULTATION FOR BREAST REVISION?
During your breast implant revision consultation, be prepared to discuss:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Previous surgeries
Your plastic surgeon will also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Examine your existing breast implants
- Take photographs
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of breast implant revision surgery and any risks or potential complications
The success and safety of your breast implant revision procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon questions. It’s very important to understand all aspects of your breast implant revision surgery.
It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with Dr. Nichols.
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It’s important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon
WHAT ARE THE STEPS OF A BREAST REVISION PROCEDURE?
STEP 1 – ANESTHESIA
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
STEP 2 – THE INCISION
The type of incision used in breast implant revision surgery will vary depending upon the type of procedures that will be performed. The incision can include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
- Inframammary incision – in the crease under the breast
- Breast lift incision – either vertical incision or Wise pattern incision
- Peri-areolar incision – incision part way or all the way around a areola
STEP 3 – CLOSING THE INCISIONS
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
STEP 4 – SEE THE RESULTS
The final results of breast implant revision surgery will be initially obscured by swelling
WHAT RESULTS SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER BREAST IMPLANT REVISION?
The final results of breast implant revision surgery will be initially obscured by swelling. It will take at least six weeks for the swelling to resolve and the breasts to feel softer and more natural. In some cases, it can take 6-12 months for the breasts to feel “normal.”
Healing time is different for everyone and sometimes it can take longer for the breasts to soften, for normal sensation to return, for scars to fade and for the patient to get used to the feel of having an implant. Please discuss realistic expectations with your surgeon regarding healing.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
When you go home, if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
Scheduling was very easy, Staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Waiting area and Patient consult rooms are clean and well kept. There is plenty of knowledgeable handouts on different procedures Pearl Plastic offers. Great before and after photos for each procedure offered. Dr. Nichols is extremely knowledgeable and informative. Not only does he listen to what you want but he also explains how to achieve your goal. I would highly recommend based on the over-all experience.Happy Patient 2021
We’d love to chat with you about Breast Revision Surgery. We will help you explore your Breast Enhancement options at Pearl Plastic Surgery. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!