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Breast Revision

Dissatisfaction with your breasts or complications from your previous breast augmentation may mean that you require breast revision surgery. While the goal of every breast augmentation surgery is to provide the patient with her ideal breasts, the reality for some women is less than perfect. Breast revision surgery is designed to treat a number of common issues that can affect women following their breast augmentation. Dr. Chiu performs every breast revision surgery with the goal of achieving the desired breast look and feel to improve patients’ confidence in their breast appearance.

Thinking About Breast Revision?

Improve Breast Appearance

There are some breast augmentation choices that can be difficult to make, and the wrong decision can result in an unsatisfactory breast appearance. Choices such as implant size, implant type, and implant placement have a big impact on your resulting breast appearance, and sometimes the breasts can appear noticeably augmented or disproportionate to your body. Breast revision can improve your previous breast augmentation results for a better breast appearance.

Correct Postoperative Complications

Many factors can impact your healing process, and complications can develop weeks, months, or years following surgery. Complications after breast augmentation go beyond infection. The way the breast pocket heals can affect the appearance of your breast implants, and breast tissue can weaken over time and impact the integrity of your breasts. Whether it is a minor complication that alters breast appearance or a major complication that requires immediate medical attention, breast revision surgery can correct the issue while ensuring your health and safety.

Restore Your Confidence

When a complication or other issue arises after breast augmentation surgery, it can be difficult to feel confident in your appearance. Some women may even feel more self-conscious than they did before their surgery. A number of complications can cause your breasts to lose their attractive aesthetics or to become painful. Correcting breast complications not only improves your breast appearance, but it can also restore your confidence in the look and feel of your body.

What is Your Breast Problem?

Implant Rupture

An implant rupture occurs when the integrity of the implant shell has been compromised and the substance from inside the implant begins to leak. A saline implant rupture is immediately noticeable; your breast will appear deflated. Silicone implants will leak slower, and ruptures must be identified through an MRI.

Solution: Implant Replacement

  • Your previous augmentation incision is utilized to gain access to the damaged implant. The implant is removed, and the breast pocket is cleaned. A new implant is then inserted, and the incision is closed.
  • Patients who desire a change in implant type can have both implants replaced.

Enlarged Areolas

Women with naturally large areolas or whose areolas have increased in size since their breast augmentation may feel that their areolar appearance affects the look of their breasts. Decreasing the size of the areolas can help create a more balanced and attractive breast appearance.

Solution: Areola Reduction

  • An incision is created around the outer edge of each areola. Excess tissue is trimmed away to reshape the areolas. The incisions are then closed with the nipple-areolar complexes positioned over the center of the breast implants.

Capsular Contracture

After breast augmentation, a thin layer of scar tissue naturally forms around the breast implant during the healing process. In some cases, this scar tissue can harden and begin to contract around the implant. If this occurs, the implants are squeezed and will feel hard. In severe cases, capsular contracture can be painful.

Solution: Capsulectomy or Capsulotomy

  • Capsulotomy: an incision is created in the scar tissue to release pressure.
  • Capsulectomy: the implant is completely removed from the breast pocket, and all scar tissue is excised.

Poor Implant Placement

Implants can be placed either under the glandular tissue or under both the glandular tissue and the pectoral muscles. Implants that are placed under just the glandular tissue are more prone to developing visible implant edges and a more noticeable breast slope. If you don’t like the appearance of your breasts with subglandular implant placement, you can choose to move them to a submuscular placement.

Solution: Conversion to Submuscular Implant Placement

  • Your current implants are removed from their existing breast pockets. New breast pockets are created under the pectoral muscles, and the integrity of the pockets is ensured using sutures. The implants are then inserted into the new breast pockets.

Size Dissatisfaction

If your breasts are still too small or now too large following your breast augmentation, you may feel frustrated by not being able to achieve the size you desire. You can choose to adjust the size of your implants by replacing the poorly sized ones for an implant size that better suits your body’s frame and your aesthetic goals.

Solution: Implant Exchange

  • The poorly sized implants are removed, and the breast pockets are adjusted to accommodate the new implant size.
  • Patients going from a larger to a smaller implant size may require a minor breast lift to remove excess breast tissue that has been stretched by the larger implant.

Implant Movement

Implants that move laterally or medially can affect the appearance of your breasts. The movement of your implants can be caused by weak breast pockets that don’t properly hold the implants in place.

Solution: Capsulorrhaphy

  • The capsule around the breast implant is tightened to create a more secure breast pocket that prevents implant movement.

Breast Revision Recovery

Imediately After

Your breast revision recovery will feel similar to the recovery from your original breast augmentation. A band and a compression bra will be placed over the breasts to reduce swelling and bruising. It is important to get adequate rest during your initial recovery.

1 Week

Most women have the stamina to return to work and resume their normal routine within seven days of their surgery. However, you should still avoid strenuous physical activities.

2 to 3 Weeks

Patients can resume light physical activities, but should avoid exercises or lifting objects that place pressure on the chest.

4 to 6 Weeks

Patients can fully resume their normal exercise routines, including chest exercises.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for breast revision?

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts after augmentation, you should schedule a revision consultation. If you are experiencing a medical complication such as an implant rupture or capsular contracture, contact your doctor immediately.

Will I have any additional scarring?

In most cases, your original breast augmentation incision can be used for your revision surgery. This prevents the need for additional incisions and further scarring.

Do I have to keep the same implant type for my revision surgery?

If you are replacing both implants, you can choose to change implant material to help you achieve your desired aesthetic. However, if you are only replacing one implant, you will need to keep the replacement implant the same material as the contralateral breast implant.

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