Understanding Breast Implant Revision
Breast implant revision surgery, which commonly involves removal and/or replacement of saline or silicone breast implants, is performed to change the size or type of your implants and to correct any complications from your primary breast augmentation. Common reasons patients elect to have this procedure are when:
- Your saline breast implants have deflated or an X-ray or MRI suggests your silicone implant has a shell leak
- If you want to change your implant/breast size
- If you have tightening of the scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture) or your breast implants have shifted in position
- If your breast tissue has changed as a result of skin stretching or weight loss/gain
I think breast implant revision is for me
Breast revision is very personal. You should take your time considering if the procedure is the right way for you to achieve your body goals. But, you don’t have to do it alone. Dr. Ridha is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with many accomplished years of experience, who also graduated valedictorian from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Cabrini) program in Manhattan. He has the knowledge, practical experience, and reliable bedside manner to guide you through your decision-making process to a satisfied outcome.
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Our dedicated, friendly staff can arrange for a consultation around the busiest schedules. This first visit is very important. You should come to your appointment focused on the matter at hand with a list of your expectations and concerns, as well as unguarded openness and honesty. Being up-front with Dr. Ridha is the key to a successful and safe procedure. With your active involvement, he can help you through every step of the process in confidence. Your first visit may include:
- A candid talk about why you are considering breast revision surgery and what you hope to achieve
- An evaluation of your general health and examination of your breasts, which may include photographs and taking measurements
- Informative discussions about the benefits and risks of the procedure, the surgical facility, how to prepare for surgery, and how to recover
What can I expect on day of my breast implant revision surgery?
You will go into surgery with a detailed plan created by yourself and Dr. Ridha. Surgeries are unique to every patient, but most include the following steps.
Breast revision surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery. Also, someone must be with you for at least the first night following surgery.
The breast implant revision procedure is performed while you are sedated or under general anesthesia. An incision is usually made at the site of the original surgical incision. The old implant is removed, scar tissue is removed if indicated, and then, a silicone or saline implant is inserted under the breast tissue or pectoral muscle. Internal incisions are closed with layered sutures, and ones close to the skin are closed with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape.
Recovery commonly takes 24 to 48 hours, which is followed by a reduced-activity period of a few days. Surgical incisions must not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during healing. Most patients experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks, which is normal. Soon after, swelling will subside and incision marks will fade.
Your breast revision surgery should have long-lasting results. However, breast implants do not last forever. Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors, and gravity. If, after many years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift or implant exchange to restore a more-youthful contour. Periodic visits to Dr. Ridha will ensure any changes in your breasts are detected early and appropriate actions can be taken.
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