Breast Implant Revision
KEEPING YOUR ENHANCEMENTS LOOKING THEIR BEST
You may choose to undergo breast revision surgery for several reasons. Perhaps your previous surgeon did not deliver the results you wanted. Or your implants may have reached the end of their lifespan. Or you might even have had some injury. Whatever the vase, Dr. Gabbay can set things right with a high-quality breast revision procedure.
What Is a Breast Implant Revision For?
Even the best breast augmentation may need revision. After all, breast implants do not come with a lifetime guarantee. Although most breast implants last an average of 10 years, there remains the chance for complications or injury.
You might experience:
- Capsular contracture
- Implant rupture
Any of these might require revisionary surgery.
Some women elect to have a second breast surgery to increase or decrease the size of the original breast implant. Others may wish to change aspects of their implants. These might include:
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, we provide all variations of breast revision surgery. Dr. Gabbay carefully listens to your goals and surgical objectives at every point in the process to provide you satisfaction.
Before & After Photos
Choosing Your Surgeon for Your Breast Implant Revision
Breast implant revision is at its core a corrective surgery. So it aims to resolve issues or complications from previous breast surgery so you can enjoy your results. In some ways, it can prove more complicated than your original breast augmentation. So choosing an experienced surgeon is absolutely vital.
Dr. Gabbay utilizes techniques to minimize scarring and to prevent future complications. His advanced methods also aim to reduce any pain or discomfort for his patients. This helps shorten the required post-operative recovery period.
Why Choose Breast Implant Revision?
Breast shape and appearance can undergo many changes over time. A breast revision procedure may be the best option if:
- You are disappointed with the way your breasts look
- Health complications due to previous breast surgery
Some of the most common aesthetic or health-related reasons women seek out breast revision surgery include:
Breast Volume or Shape Change
Weight fluctuations, age, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can change the shape or volume of your breasts.
Saline Breast Implant Deflation
Saline breast implants could rupture or leak, causing implant deflation, especially if you sustained a breast injury.
Silicone Implant Shell Leak
Silicone implants can rupture and leak, which we can detect with an MRI. However, this is less common.
Breast Implant Exchange
For various reasons, you may wish to change implant types (for example, from saline to silicone or vice versa).
Capsular contracture results when the scar tissue around the implants hardens.
Sometimes, the pocket that surrounds the breast implant is too large. If so, it can allow the implant to shift in position, leading to implant malposition.
Shifted Breast Implants
When implants do not have enough support from the surrounding muscle, they may shift. This can cause noticeable asymmetry.
Infection or Allergy
Although rare, a woman’s body may reject a breast implant, causing infection.
Implant Coverage Problems
For some, the breast tissue covering the implant is too thin. Then you may see the rippling of the implant through the skin.
If the pectoralis muscle is cut during your original augmentation surgery, the breast implants can fall towards the sternum at the center of the chest. This creates an unnatural-looking cleavage and a “uni-boob” appearance.
Bottoming Out complication occurs when nipples appear too high or an inframammary fold appears unnaturally low. It occurs more frequently in patients with fragile breast tissue. The implant can pull the breast downward, causing it to bottom out.
The double bubble complication occurs when the breast implant drops below the natural fold of the breast. Then the breast tissue can hang and droop.
Breast Implant Removal
Some patients wish to no longer have breast implants. You can choose to have a breast lift to restore breast shape along with breast implant removal.
Implant Size Revision
You can choose to increase or decrease the size of your implants.
Before & After Photos
Are You a Good Candidate?
Every patient’s motivation for seeking out breast revision surgery is different. The first step to see if you are a candidate is to schedule your consultation. During this meeting, Dr. Gabbay works with you to design a customized treatment plan to meet your individual needs and goals.
You will also discuss:
- Any information about medical conditions
- Drug allergies
- Previous surgeries you have had (including breast biopsies)
- Any medications or supplements you currently take
If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, you should tell Dr. Gabbay. He may recommend that you stabilize your weight before undergoing surgery. If you are planning a future pregnancy, you should mention this as well. Pregnancy can unpredictably alter breast size and could impact the long-term results.
Details of the 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 goals. However, we always use the latest techniques for every procedure.
Following your revision surgery, a thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluids. We apply gauze or bandages to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra will help minimize swelling and support the newly revised breasts.
After your procedure, you usually can return home that same day.
Breast Implant Revision Recovery
In general, recovery from breast revision surgery will be similar to your original breast augmentation healing process. For the first 2-3 days, you can control any discomfort with oral pain medication.
During this time, rest will be of the highest importance. Also, you will need to keep your arm extension to a minimum to help prevent the muscle and tissue from stretching or separating. Bruising and swelling are common but should subside within a few weeks.
Most patients return to work after 1-2 weeks. Still, you will need to avoid reaching or lifting for an additional 3-4 weeks. You must follow all of Dr. Gabbay’s post-op instructions and attend your follow-up visits to prevent infection and other complications.
Any scars will be pink for several weeks but will eventually fade. After the swelling period ends, your breasts will begin to feel softer and more natural.
Schedule Your Consultation
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, our highly skilled surgeon can help to reposition, replace, or alter your existing implants. Call (310) 388-9383 today to schedule a consultation for your breast revision procedure!