Breast Implant Revision
Contemplating a Breast Implant Revision
A Breast Implant Revision is preformed to correct the existing issues that cause a patient to be dissatisfied with their current breasts. Some feel their breasts are too large, not large enough, poor shape, implants are encapsulated hard and painful and/or ruptured. There are many reasons that a patient may be unhappy with their results but most cases are always correctable. A large percentage of patients that come to Dr. Anton have had a breast augmentation elsewhere and are not happy with their current results. Dr. Anton has corrected several cases and has been able to achieve an outcome that patients did not think possible. A good candidate for this procedure has one of the following concerns:
- Dissatisfaction with Current Breast Size and Shape
- Capsular Contracture/Hard and Painful Implants
- Ruptured Implants
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Anton and throughout the pre-operative process, you will discuss your desired changes and outcome. Prior to surgery you will be provided with instructions and exercises to help you determine what breast size you are most comfortable with. This is a personal and individualized process for each patient.
About the Procedure
This procedure can take approximately 2 to 4 hours, depending on what is involved and the state of the pre-existing implants. This procedure is done under general anesthesia. The previous incision site is commonly used or a small incision is made on the lower edge of the areola. This area tends to heal extremely well and fade quickly. Implants are placed under the muscle and can be either saline or silicone gel depending on preference.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients wake from surgery feeling tired, groggy and just wanting to rest. You will be wrapped in a compression bandage and you may feel some mild to moderate pain that is usually alleviated by prescribed pain medication. Overall, most patients feel their surgery was less painful than anticipated and are able to discontinue pain medication after 4-5 days.
It is typical for breasts to feel tight immediately after surgery; this will gradually subside through the healing process. Approximately one to two weeks later your implants will relax into their proper position and be able to move freely. This process can take longer in certain patients.
Most patients are able to return to light sedentary work 4-5 days after surgery. Your activities will be restricted for a full two-week period including no lifting, bending or straining of any kind. You will be advised during your post-operative appointments regarding these restrictions. The healing process varies from patient to patient and activity level is decided upon on an individual basis.