Revisional breast surgery may be done for a variety of reasons. In some cases, it may be necessary to correct a problem that developed with a previous augmentation. In other cases, it may need to be done after previous breast lift or breast reduction surgery.
Breast revision surgery can be done for such conditions as capsular contracture, implant deflation, asymmetry, unsightly scarring, irregularities, or an otherwise unsatisfactory result.
Revision breast surgery is complex. Each patient is different and presents with a unique combination of surgical problems. The key is to correctly identify each problem and carefully plan each solution.
The correction may require a variety of procedures. This may include total removal of a capsule, removal and replacement of implants, revision of scars, excision of breast tissue, reshaping of breast tissue, and other related procedures.
The individualized plan for correction can not be determined until a full consultation and careful examination is completed.
The recovery depends on how complicated the problem is. In general, the recovery will be proportional to the complexity and number of procedures required to correct the deformity. Most patients who undergo revision breast surgery will be able to resume their full level of activity in approximately 3-4 weeks.
This is discussed in further detail once an examination and consultation is completed.
This patient had undergone a breast augmentation by another surgeon. The implant in the left breast deflated. Over time, thick scar formed around the implant within the breast. We corrected the problem by making an incision around the nipple for access. The thick scar within the breast, called the capsule, and the implant were both carefully removed. The tissues within the breast were carefully manipulated in order to soften the breast. A new implant was then inserted. The incisions were then meticulously closed. The postoperative pictures were taken approximately one month after surgery. Notice the improvement in the symmetry between the two breasts.
We approach each revisional breast surgery case in the same systematic way. We carefully and thoughtfully plan a surgical solution to each unique problem so that the chances for a successful outcome are increased.