Breast implant revision surgery is a procedure that can address various issues that may surface after the initial breast augmentation operation. This guide aims to provide comprehensive information about the procedure, its benefits, and the various types of surgeries involved in the revision process.
What Is Breast Implant Revision Surgery?
Breast implant revision surgery, also known as secondary breast surgery, is a procedure for removing or replacing existing implants. This advanced revision is often required due to various reasons.
Capsular contracture, a hardening of the natural breast capsule material surrounding implants, is one potential reason for revision.
Another reason is breast asymmetry, a discrepancy in breast size, shape, or position, which can result from initial breast augmentation or natural body changes over time.
Also, implant malposition, where the actual breast implants deviate from their original placement, can cause discomfort or an unnatural appearance, leading to dissatisfaction.
Who is Eligible for a Breast Implant Revision?
The ideal candidate for breast revision is someone who has undergone an initial breast augmentation procedure but is dissatisfied with the results.
In addition to dissatisfaction with the outcome of the initial augmentation, candidates for breast implant revision may also be those who have experienced complications such as implant rupture.
Changes in lifestyle or body shape can also necessitate a breast implant revision.Significant weight loss, for instance, can alter the natural shape and size of the breasts, making the original implants no longer suitable or aesthetically pleasing.
Benefits of Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Breast implant revision surgery offers a multitude of benefits, making it an excellent option for those who are dissatisfied with the results of their initial breast augmentation surgery or have experienced complications.
Breast implant revision allows for changes like switching from saline to silicone implants or adjusting the size of your current implants, which may enhance breast appearance and feel.
Types of Breast Implant Revision Surgeries
Breast implant revision surgeries can involve several different procedures, depending on the specific needs of the patient.
Saline breast implants may require replacement due to leakage or rupture. The revision process aims to restore natural breast shape and size, starting with the removal of the compromised implants.
Silicone implant revision is a procedure required when a silicone breast implant ruptures or shifts. It involves replacing the faulty implant with a new one, following a detailed examination of the breast tissues and implant pocket to determine the rupture or displacement extent.
Removal of Old Implants and Replacement with New Ones
Implant exchange, a key part of breast implant revision surgery, involves replacing old implants with new ones. This may be required to adjust implant size to match the patient’s natural breast size or reduce visibility or rippling due to implant placement or body response.
In some cases, the original breast implants may have reached their lifespan and need to be replaced. Over time, the risk of complications such as a ruptured implant increases, making it necessary to consider breast implant removals and replacements.
Pocket Adjustments and Capsule Removal or Repair
Pocket adjustments, also known as capsulorrhaphy, is a procedure required when breast implants shift, resulting in improper positioning on the chest wall. This can lead to visible flattening or an unnatural breast shape, which can be distressing for patients.
This procedure manipulates the breast pocket within the breast tissues to position implants correctly. This can involve tightening the pocket for heavy implants or enlarging it for larger implants, aiming for a balanced body shape and natural-looking cleavage after breast implants.
Treatment Plan and Preparation for Breast Implant Revision Surgery
The treatment plan for breast implant revision surgery is designed to cater to each patient’s unique needs and circumstances, beginning with a detailed consultation. This includes reviewing the patient’s medical history and previous surgeries, evaluating current saline or silicone implants, and discussing the desired outcome of the revision procedure.
In addition, the surgeon will assess the breast size, breast shape, and any breast asymmetry to ensure the best possible outcome from the breast revision surgery. This examination will include an evaluation of the breast tissues, the breast pocket where the implant resides, and the capsule of scar tissue that naturally forms around the implants.
Pre-operative Consultation with Dr. Vitenas
During the pre-operative consultation, Dr. Vitenas will discuss the patient’s goals and expectations for the procedure, review the patient’s medical history, and conduct a physical examination of the breasts. This information will be used to develop an individualized plan that addresses the patient’s specific concerns and objectives.
Dr. Vitenas will also provide information about the procedure, including the surgical technique that will be used, the type of anesthesia, the recovery process, the breast implant revision cost estimate, and financing options, as well as the potential risks and complications. This is an opportunity for patients to ask questions and express any concerns.
Anesthesia During the Procedure
Breast implant revision surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, ensuring the patient’s comfort and safety throughout the procedure. An anesthesiologist will monitor the patient’s vital signs and adjust the anesthesia as needed.
Breast Implant Revision Aftercare
Post-surgery, patients get detailed aftercare instructions, including managing discomfort, surgical site care, and monitoring for complications.
Proper aftercare and adherence to the surgeon’s instructions, including avoiding strenuous exercise and heavy lifting until approved, and maintaining a stable weight, are essential for maintaining the results of breast implant revision surgery.
Who is Dr. Vitenas?
Dr. Paul Vitenas is a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon based in Houston, Texas, with over 30 years of experience in cosmetic surgery with extensive expertise in breast implant revision surgery. He is known for his commitment to achieving aesthetic outcomes that enhance each patient’s natural features.
Dr. Vitenas has a distinguished educational background, having graduated from Tulane University Medical School and completed multiple residencies and fellowships at prestigious institutions. He has contributed significantly to various medical and beauty publications, and his innovative techniques have garnered attention from the medical community. In 2022, he was voted the Best Facial Plastic Surgeon in Houston by Modern Luxury Magazine.
Your Goals and Expectations for the Outcome of the Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Vitenas, it’s important to discuss your goals and expectations for the outcome of the breast implant revision surgery. Whether you’re seeking to correct issues from a previous breast augmentation, change your implant size or type, or address changes in your breasts due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or aging, Dr. Vitenas can help you achieve your desired results.
By understanding your objectives, Dr. Vitenas will provide you with realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure, ensuring your satisfaction with the results.