Women elect to undergo breast revision surgery for a number of reasons. However, breast implants do not come with a lifetime guarantee, and although the most breast implants last an average of 10 years, there are many occasions where complications (ie. Capsular contracture, implant rupture or deflation) necessitate a revisionary surgery within a shorter time frame. In some cases, the health of the breast implants is not the cause of the revisionary surgery. Some women elect to have a second breast surgery to increase or decrease the size of the original breast implant or to change the shape, type, projection, or placement of their implants. At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, located in Beverly Hills, CA, Dr. Joubin Gabbay M.D. is highly experienced performing all variations of Beverly Hills breast revision surgery and will listen carefully to your goals and surgical objectives, and then formulate a treatment plan to bring your goals to fruition. Dr. Gabbay wants you to be 100% satisfied with your breast surgery and will take great care to correct and resolve the problems that have inspired you to seek out a secondary surgery.
Secondary breast revision surgery may sometimes be more difficult than your original breast surgery, which is why it is imperative to select a skillful, experienced plastic surgeon for this type of procedure. Dr. Gabbay understands how to circumnavigate challenges such as the presence of excess scar tissue during breast revision surgery, and utilizes techniques to minimize scarring and to prevent future complications. Dr. Gabbay uses advanced techniques in order to minimize any pain or discomfort for his patients and to shorten the required post-operative recovery period.
Breast revision is a corrective surgery, aimed at resolving issues or complications from a previous breast surgery. At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gabbay will work tirelessly to ensure you achieve the exact aesthetic look you want for your breasts, and will also restore your breasts and breast implants to good health, correcting any problems of capsular contracture, rupture, or deflation. If you would like additional information about a secondary breast revision surgery, please contact Gabbay Plastic Surgery today. We look forward to discussing all of your breast revision options with you and setting up a complimentary, initial consultation with Dr. Gabbay.
It is natural for breast shape and appearance to undergo a number of changes over time, but when you are disappointed with the way your breasts look or have health complications because of a previous breast surgery, a breast revision procedure may be the best option.
Some of the most common aesthetic and/or health-related reasons women seek out breast revision surgery include:
If any of the above concerns apply to you and you are in good mental and physical health, you may be a candidate for a breast revision surgery at Gabbay Plastic Surgery.
Because every patient’s motivation for seeking out breast revision surgery is different, Dr. Gabbay will work with you to design a comprehensive treatment plan that is customized to meet your individual needs and goals. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your current and past medical history, including any information about medical conditions, drug allergies, previous surgeries you have had (including breast biopsies), and the medications or supplements you currently take. If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, you should tell Dr. Gabbay, as he may recommend that you stabilize your weight prior to undergoing breast revision surgery. If you are planning a future pregnancy you should mention this as well, because pregnancy can alter breast size in an unpredictable way and could impact the long-term results of your breast revision surgery.
Breast revision surgery can take 1-4 hours and is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The specific technique used during your breast revision surgery will depend upon your surgical goals and the breast issues that need to be addressed. During a surgery to correct capsular contracture problems, the capsule and breast implant may be removed from the pocket and a new breast implant will be inserted (in some cases, a new pocket will be created for the breast implant). In cases where an existing breast implant has ruptured or lost shape, the breast implant will be removed and replaced. If the ruptured implant is silicone, the remaining silicone material will be removed from the pocket, and the pocket will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized prior to the insertion of a new implant. To address issues of aesthetically problematic changes in breast shape, a breast lift may be performed in conjunction with the insertion of new breast implants. If the breasts do not require a lift, the “dual-plane” technique may be used for re-augmentation, in order to improve the shape and overall appearance of the breasts.
Following your revision surgery, a thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluids, and gauze or bandages will be applied to your incisions. The use of an elastic bandage or support bra will help minimize swelling and support the newly revised breasts.
In general, recovery from breast revision surgery will be similar to your original breast augmentation healing process. For the first 2-3 days, any discomfort will be controlled with oral pain medication, and it is important that during this time you rest and keep your arm extension to a minimum to help prevent the muscle and tissue from stretching or separating. Bruising and swelling are common after this type of surgery and should subside within a few weeks. Most patients return to work after 1-2 weeks, although you will need to avoid reaching or lifting for an additional 3-4 weeks. It is crucial that you follow all of Dr. Gabbay’s post-op instructions and attend your follow-up visits in order to avoid infection and other complications. Your scars will be pink for several weeks, but will eventually fade and after the swelling period ends, your breasts will begin to feel softer and more natural.
Although rare, potential breast revision surgery complications include hematoma, capsular contracture, rippling, rupture, infection, bleeding, loss of nipple sensitivity, and immune system disorders.
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, our highly skilled surgeon can help to reposition, replace, or alter your existing implants. Call (310) 928-2558 today to schedule a consultation for your Beverly Hills breast revision procedure!