Occasionally, women are dissatisfied with the results of their initial breast augmentation. A number of our patients who have undergone breast augmentation performed by another surgeon seek out Dr. Andrew Cohen’s expertise to address their concerns. Breast revision can be a particularly challenging procedure since the breasts have already been operated upon. However, after breast revision surgery, Dr. Cohen has helped many women achieve the results they initially desired. Breast revision is commonly used to:
- Increase or decrease implant size
- Reduce or eliminate capsular contracture
- Correct “rippling” or wrinkling around the implant
- Improve symmetry between the breasts
- Replace an old or ruptured implant
- Remove an implant altogether
The technique used for your breast revision surgery will depend upon your unique concerns. During your initial consultation with Dr. Cohen, he will listen carefully to your expectations, present you with options for how you may best achieve your goals, and enable you to make well-informed decisions about your health. One of the most common reasons for revision surgery is a hardening of the breasts after augmentation, called “capsular contracture.” Revision surgery can replace old or hardened implants and capsules, restoring a natural look and feel to the breasts. Other women realize several months after their initial breast augmentation that they desire a larger – or sometimes smaller – implant size, and the implants can be exchanged for a new size. In some cases, the breast implants from an initial augmentation may shift position, causing the breasts to look asymmetrical, disproportionate, or creating rippling along the skin. Dr. Cohen is experienced in addressing all of these concerns with breast revision techniques that can provide you with results that achieve your cosmetic goals.
Outline of Typical Breast Revision Procedure
- Duration of Surgery: 2-3 hours, depending upon technique
- Anesthesia Type: General anesthesia
- Hospital Status: Outpatient
- Post-Operative: Mild soreness, sensitivity, swelling, or bruising
- Surgical Risks: Blood clots, infection, and (in rare instances) a recurrence of capsular contracture or rippling are among the risks of breast reduction surgery; however, Dr. Cohen is highly experienced with breast revision surgery and makes every effort to reduce the risk of complications.
- Duration of Recovery: One week before returning to work, several weeks before resuming exercise, and several months for scars to fade
- Results: Most revision surgery patients enjoy results that meet their expectations and can last up to ten years before replacement is advised. However, some patients may require or desire additional revision surgery or implant maintenance after a certain period of time. Many types of implants are under a long-term warranty.
To learn more about how breast revision surgery can help improve satisfaction with your breast implants and achieve your cosmetic goals, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.