At Bel Air Center
For Plastic and Hand
Breast Implant Revision
Bel Air Center is also an excellent choice for patients seeking secondary breast augmentations or correction of breast augmentations that have proven defective or inadequate.
We will work with you to help you determine what implant type, size, incision and placement technique is best for you. Prior to the procedure, you will have a thorough consultation to review your options, including recovery time, and tailor the breast augmentation procedure to your own needs.
Remember that not all surgeons are alike. Your choice of a breast augmentation surgeon will make a difference in your outcome. When thinking about breast augmentation, consider Bel Air Center's board certified plastic surgeons for precision, artistry, safety, comfort, and overall satisfaction.
Call today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation.
What is breast implant revision surgery?
The goal of breast implant 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, which could include:
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.
What are the steps of a breast implant 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.
What should I expect during my breast implant revision recovery?
Following your breast implant revision, gauze dressings or bandages maybe applied to your incisions. Depending on the details of your surgery, you may or may not be placed in a support bra or other type of garment.
In some cases, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery
Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
When to follow up with your plastic surgeon
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.