Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery
There are many reasons women may want to pursue changes to a previously augmented breast. These changes may range from normal breast descent due to aging to displeasing aesthetic results. Problems with implant position, breast shape, nipple position, breast fold malalignment, breast size, capsular contracture and many more may motivate a patient to seek consultation for revision surgery. Breast augmentation revision is a demanding procedure that should only be performed by a skilled plastic surgeon
- Personal Consultation
- Revision breast augmentation poses a number of difficult issues for patients as well as their surgeons. Dr. Barker will discuss each patient’s concern in detail, will explain the techniques to surgically correct, and answer any additional questions. As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Barker will work with patients to understand their individual concerns and come up with a comprehensive surgical plan to address their individual needs. We want to ensure patients are comfortable with the proposed surgical plan and that all of their concerns are addressed. The consultation process for revision may take longer than a standard breast augmentation. However, Dr. Barker believes that concerns patients have with their previous augmentation requires a comprehensive and individualized approach. Each patient should have as much information as needed to make an educated decision.
Breast Augmentation Revision Overview and Expectations
- Goals of surgery
- Improving contour, shape, placement and size of the previous augmented breast according to the patient’s individual needs. Each patient will have a predetermined surgical and recovery plan, to ensure this process is as comfortable as possible.
- Anesthesia: General Anesthesia by a highly trained anesthesia provider
- Length: Typically around 2-3 hours
- Post Operative Care
- Incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures, and covered with a small sterile surgical dressing. The dressing will remain in place until the first post operative visit (within one week of surgery).
- Patients will be placed in a no-wire surgical bra, which will be recommended for the first 6 weeks of recovery
- Patients will be allowed to shower the first night of surgery
- During the operation, Dr. Barker will inject an anesthetic to help control immediate post-operative pain. After the surgery, typically patients will only need over the counter medications (Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen) to assist with pain control
- Typically patients will feel slight discomfort in their breasts for the first 3 to 5 days following surgery. The discomfort will continue to improve daily and most patients are able to return to work within 3 to 5 days after surgery.
- Patients will continue to avoid strenuous activity for the first 4-6 weeks following surgery. Patients are usually cleared for full activity without restrictions after 2 to 3 months.
- Swelling is expected during the first 2 to 3 months after surgery, and typically resolves by 6 months
- Day 3 to 5: Discomfort Improving, Able to Return to Work
- Day 7: First post operative visit, Dressing removal, Weaned off Pain Medications
- 3 weeks: Second post operative visit, begin scar therapy if indicated
- 6 weeks: Third post operative visit, begin increasing physical activity
- 6 months: Follow Up
- 1 Year: Follow Up