Breast Revision Surgery 101

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There are a number of reasons why women choose to undergo breast revision surgery but it mainly comes down to the fact that breast implants don’t last forever and that complications can occur. In some cases, women simply aren’t happy with their results.

Breast revision explained

Breast revision is corrective surgery that aims to resolve any complications from a previous breast augmentation procedure.

Since breast revision surgery can often be more complicated than the original surgery, it’s incredibly important to choose the right surgeon. An experienced and qualified surgeon will use techniques that minimise scarring and reduce the chances of excess scar tissue developing and will do everything they can to make the recovery period as comfortable as possible.

When is breast revision surgery necessary?

Your breast’s shape and appearance will naturally change over time but when you’re experiencing health issues or are simply embarrassed about the appearance of your breasts, breast revision surgery may be necessary.

Here are a few of the main reasons why women seek out breast revision surgery:

  • Changes to the breast’s shape or volume due to pregnancy, age or weight fluctuations
  • Rupture and deflation of saline breast implants
  • Rupture of silicone implant
  • Changing the breast implant to a different type or size
  • Capsular Contracture (Hardening of scar tissue around the implant)
  • Breast implants that have shifted due to muscle changes or the breast pocket being too large
  • Infection or allergic reaction
  • Implant rippling
  • Symmastia (The breast implant moves towards to the centre of the chest)
  • Bottoming Out (Thin breast tissue causes the implant to drop to the bottom of the breast)
  • Complete implant removal

Am I a good breast revision surgery candidate?

Since every patient is different and is seeking revision surgery for different reasons, you will need a top Sydney breast implant surgeon like Dr Peter Laniewski to advise you whether you’re the ideal candidate for this type of procedure. Book a consultation with a board-certified surgeon who you can discuss your aesthetic goals and medical history with before you decide on a way forward.

What happens during breast revision surgery?

The breast revision procedure can take up to 4 hours and general anesthetic will be required. The technique that’s used to complete your surgery will depend on your specific problem and your surgical goals. Your surgeon may even need to combine different techniques and options to help you achieve your desired goal.

After your surgery, a tube may need to be placed under your skin to drain away excess fluids and a bandage will be placed on your incisions.

Breast revision recovery

Your breast revision recovery process will be very similar to your original surgery. Any pain and discomfort can be managed with pain medication and it will be necessary to limit arm movement to stop the muscle and tissue from being damaged. Bruising and swelling can also be expected but this will subside in a few weeks. You will need 1 – 2 weeks to recover and any lifting should be avoided for up to 4 weeks.

To ensure the best results possible, always listen to your surgeon’s post-surgery care instructions.