The most common reasons for breast augmentation surgery is to modify the appearance of the breasts by changing the shape, size, or placement of the implants. Revision surgery is performed in cases of complications or patient dissatisfaction.
Due to his years of experience with breast implant surgery, Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Adams sees many revision patients who were referred to him for correction of problems after their original implant surgery.
Dr. Adams can help correct one of many issues or complications that may occur after your original surgery that was performed by another doctor. He has many years of experience in correcting issues due to complications or patient dissatisfaction.
The Top 3 Breast Augmentation Revision Problems are:
- Capsular contracture
- Implant malposition (picture)
- Tissue stretch and breast sagging (ptosis)
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The correction of breast implant problems can be difficult, and patients should know that the rates of breast augmentation revision are at least 5 times higher than primary surgery. That being said, Dr. Adams has treated many different types of breast revision patients with great success.
What is Revision Breast Implant Surgery?
Breast implant revision surgery is performed to address and correct various issues after the initial breast implant surgery. Such issues as capsular contracture, implant malfunction, and overall patient dissatisfaction are all valid reasons to have Dr. Adams perform surgery to correct the problem.
Capsular Contracture – This is a term that’s used to describe scar tissue which sometimes forms around implants and causes the breasts to feel unnaturally hard. It could also cause some physical discomfort. Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications that women who undergo breast implant surgery face.
Dr. Adams has been invited around the world to speak about capsular contracture – what causes it, how to prevent it, and how to treat it. The goal is to minimize the number of surgeries any given patient has.
Implant Malposition – Another common complication is implant malposition (implant in the wrong postion). This complication occurs when the implant is incorrectly positioned on the chest wall. There are four general types of malposition: “riding high”, “bottoming out”, “symmastia” (aka “uni-boob”) and falling outward. In each case, it is clearly obvious that the implant does not look right and will cause aesthetic issues.
Sagging Breasts (Ptosis) – Ptosis is a medical term used to describe sagging breasts. It gives the breast the appearance of looking deflated. Breast implants will not prevent sagging of the breasts and this condition is usually seen in women after pregnancy or weight loss or gain.
The patient above had a previous breast augmentation with saline implants, but now was having sagging of her breast. She desired better shape and more perky breasts. During revision breast augmentation, Dr. Adams treated her with a gel implant exchange and a breast lift.
What You Should Know About Revision Surgery
Breast implant revision surgery is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The overall length of the procedure can vary anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes or more – depending on the type of revision and amount of work required.
The estimated recovery time varies from patient to patient. You can expect to be able to return to work anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery. Vigorous exercise or activities should be completely avoided for 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling should subside after 2 to 3 weeks as well.
Revision Surgery is More Complex
After the first breast implant surgery, it is normal for scar tissue to develop around the implants as well as the incision locations. There is a possibility that the existing scar tissue will add to the complexity of the revision surgery.
Secondary surgery that is required to fix issues created by the first surgery is always considered more complicated. The previous surgeon may not have been that experienced or done things in a way that Dr. Adams would have not.
It is very important that you let Dr. Adams know as many of the details from your first operation as you can remember. It will enable him to come up with a viable corrective game plan.
Facts About Revision Breast Surgery
- Incisions – Generally speaking, the surgeon will use the first incisions from the initial breast augmentation surgery. This will help prevent any additional scarring and could potentially minimize the previous scars if they have spread. However, if the patient is undergoing revision surgery to get larger implants, or exchanging saline for silicone, it is entirely possible that a larger incision or new incision location must be made.
- Recovery after Revision Surgery – The recovery period is for revision surgery is about the same as you experienced with the first surgery. You should follow the same recovery guidelines and precautions with your revision surgery as you did with your primary.
- Revision Surgery is 100% Customized – Revision surgery procedures are different in that there are many breast implant choices along with the varied reasons for getting the revision surgery. If you are undergoing revision surgery due to complications, the removal of the implant pocket and creation of a new one may be necessary.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Implant Revision
Due to the complicated nature of implant revision surgery, it’s of utmost critical importance that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Adams is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has undergone the rigorous surgical training as well as passed the oral and written final examinations. Many women have flown to our primary office in Dallas, Texas to have Dr. Adams perform their revision surgery.
If you’re not happy with your implants or are experiencing complications due to your surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Adams. We are currently accepting new patients no matter where you reside. Our primary office is conveniently located just 30 short minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth airport in Dallas, Texas.