Breast Revision in Birmingham
Breast revision is a corrective procedure that removes and replaces breast implants or permanently removes them to provide women with relief and an improved appearance.
Many women undergo breast augmentation to increase their confidence and address any breast-related insecurities they may have. Breast augmentation surgery has a high satisfaction rate, and many women are able to enjoy their implants for many years. However, some women become unhappy with their implants over time or begin to experience implant-related complications. In this case, the implants can be repositioned, replaced, or removed altogether. This procedure is known as breast revision surgery or breast augmentation revision.
What Can Breast Revision Address?
Women are often satisfied with their breast implants for many years. However, some women experience complications related to their implants, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, bottoming out, and implant displacement. In these cases, breast revision surgery may be necessary to relieve the woman of any pain and discomfort.
Unfortunately, breast tissue and breast implants change over time. This can mean changes in breast size, shape, and overall appearance and firmness. If your augmented breasts have changed shape and size as you’ve aged, breast revision can help restore your initial breast augmentation surgery results, sometimes with the help of breast lifting techniques.
Desired Change in Implant Type or Size
Some women are initially dissatisfied after breast augmentation because their implant type or size didn’t provide the breast shape or size they expected. Breast revision surgery can replace your current breast implants with implants that are either larger or smaller and/or a different material or shape based on your desired results.
What Does Breast Implant Revision Entail?
Breast Revision Consultation
During your consultation with one of our Birmingham board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Oliver or Dr. Jack, he will examine your breasts and discuss your goals for the procedure. This will allow your surgeon to create a personalized surgical plan based on your specific needs.
You will have a clear understanding of what to expect from the surgery and how to properly prepare.
Where Are the Incisions for Breast Revision?
Incisions are made on the breast to remove the unwanted implant. Breast revision incision placement varies between patients and is based on their individual needs for the procedure.
The implant can often be removed using incisions from the initial breast augmentation surgery. However, if this is not possible, an incision is commonly made along the breast’s crease.
What Are My Breast Revision Options?
Breast Implant Removal:
In cases of implant complications or fear of breast implant illness, the patient may wish to have her breast implants completely removed. In this instance, the breast implants will not be replaced, and the patient will be left with only her natural breast tissue.
Breast Implant Removal With Lift:
The breast skin and tissue stretch to accommodate the breast implants after augmentation surgery. After removal, if the implants are not being replaced, a breast lift may be necessary to avoid premature breast sagging.
Breast Implant Removal and Replacement:
When a patient is no longer satisfied with the size or appearance of her breast implants or experiences a complication, she has the option to remove the implants and have them replaced with new ones. This is an ideal option for women who still wish to have breast implants but believe they need to be improved.
Some patients suffer from implant-related complications that can be corrected without having to remove the implant. For example, breast revision can correct implant displacement by repositioning and reinforcing the implants in the correct spot.
Before & After Photos
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Addressing Your Concerns About Breast Revision
What Is Recovery Like After Breast Revision?
For the first 48 hours after breast revision surgery, bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected. Prescription and over-the-counter pain medication can be used to combat this. Additionally, a compression garment will be worn for the first few days of your recovery to facilitate healing, reduce swelling, and promote blood circulation.
Most women return to normal daily activities after seven to 10 days, but full recovery can take up to six weeks.
Will I Have Scarring After Breast Revision?
Breast revision incisions are often in the same place as your initial breast augmentation scars. However, if this is not possible, the incisions will be placed as discreetly as possible along the crease of the breasts. Scars will fade over time and can be easily concealed.
How Much Does Breast Revision Cost in Birmingham?
The cost of breast revision surgery varies between patients depending on the techniques used. Breast revision cost also depends on the location of the procedure, surgeon fees, and anesthesia fees.
Schedule a consultation at our Birmingham office to help determine a more specific financial estimate of your breast revision.
Is Breast Revision Painful?
Breast revision surgery is performed under general anesthesia to ensure you will not feel any pain. Pain and discomfort during your recovery can be combated with pain medication.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for breast revision?
You may be a candidate for breast revision surgery if you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your breast implants or are experiencing implant-related complications.
Ideal candidates for breast revision:
- Are in generally good health
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations of their results
Are there any medications I should avoid before breast revision surgery?
Before breast revision surgery, you should avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications, as they can thin the blood and increase your risk of complications during and after surgery. Please speak with your surgeon to determine which medications can affect your procedure and disrupt your healing.
How long does breast revision surgery take to perform?
Breast revision surgery usually takes two to three hours to perform depending on the techniques used and the amount of correction needed.
Can I drive home after breast revision?
Since breast revision surgery is performed using general anesthesia, you will need to bring a responsible adult with you to the appointment to drive you home. It will not be safe for you to drive at this time.
When will I notice results from breast revision?
Breast revision results are almost immediate; however, they may be initially obscured by swelling and bruising. You should be able to experience your full results after six weeks.
What are the risks associated with breast revision?
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Jack and Dr. Oliver, breast revision is a generally safe procedure. However, with any plastic surgery, risks are present. These risks include:
- Skin loss
- Breast Pain
- Implant leakage
- Anesthesia risks
Please speak with your surgeon if you are concerned about the risks associated with breast revision surgery.