Many women undergo Breast Augmentation to improve the size of their breasts. However, complications like implant rupture or capsular contracture can develop over time. Patients may also have a change in stylistic preferences. Breast revision, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that corrects and restores your breast implants to recreate a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing bust.
What Can Breast Revision Correct?
Sometimes, standard wear and tear or trauma can cause an implant to rupture within the breast tissue. Ruptured implants are not a serious health risk but need to be addressed as soon as possible. Breast revision can remove and replace ruptured implants to restore the shape of the breast.
Capsular contracture occurs when scar tissue tightens and constricts the implant, which can cause pain and discomfort. Breast revision surgery can address this concern and help relieve any associated pain.
Implant malposition is a deformity where the breasts have shifted or are “bottoming out” because of inadequate tissue support of the implant. Breast revision can create a new breast pocket to maintain proper support and positioning on the chest.
How Is Breast Revision Performed?
During your consultation, Dr. Carpenter will conduct a thorough examination to determine the best approach. You and Dr. Carpenter will also go over any questions or concerns you may have to ensure you have a comfortable and successful surgery.
During your procedure, an incision is placed either under the breast (inframammary incision) or around the areola (periareolar incision). Dr. Carpenter will then remove the damaged implant and replace it with a new one. Some patients may have the implant removed without having it replaced. Others may need to have both the implants and capsule removed due to capsular contracture. Once the breasts are reshaped, the incisions are closed using sutures.
Sagging or asymmetrical breasts as a result of your implants having stretched the skin can be addressed with breast lift surgery along with your revision procedure to create a balanced and aesthetically pleasing look.
Following your surgery, you will be asked to wear a surgical garment to support your new contours and promote healing. Swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve after a few weeks. Be sure to avoid strenuous activities for at least six weeks. You can return to work a few weeks after your surgery unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Carpenter.
While scarring may occur after your breast revision procedure, it can be hidden under clothing and will likely fade over time.
The cost of your breast revision surgery will depend on certain factors, such as surgical techniques, anesthesia fees, and the amount of correction needed. Dr. Carpenter will provide you with a cost estimate during your consultation.
You may experience some discomfort after your breast revision surgery. Dr. Carpenter can prescribe medication to help alleviate any pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ideal candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations regarding their results. You will also be asked to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after your procedure.
You can expect long-lasting results that will improve the appearance of your breasts and increase your confidence.
Breast reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia.
Dr. Carpenter will discuss any potential complications associated with your breast revision in person during your scheduled consultation.