There are some individuals, especially women who come to that point in their lives when they have to go back to the plastic surgeon who did their breast augmentation procedure. Some may come back for follow up consultation, removal of insoluble sutures, and while most results of professionally performed breast augmentation surgery are impressive and free of complications, some people may not feel content about their results. Still, others may have manifested side effects or adverse reactions to the material used for the procedure, or come back for health risk reasons. Whatever your reason may be for coming back to your surgeon, you will be addressed with a simple revisionary procedure in order to correct, improve, repair, or alleviate the problem. Plastic surgery procedures call this breast implant replacement and revision surgery. A word of caution though, revision and corrective surgeries such as this may require a longer recovery period than you’ve had with the previous surgery.
Reasons for Having Breast Revision Surgery
Many women come back and seek consultation with their practitioner once more for health reasons. The most common reason is leaks in the breast implants. Leaks in the artificial implants tend to occur at any given time, especially in older implants which have been placed atop breast tissue for years on end.
For those who chose to have saline-based breast implants, rippling or a series of ruptures become noticeable just days after the surgery. This allows immediate treatment and therefore wouldn’t pose any further health risks to the patient.
Saline leaks call for a revision, because no woman would want to have an asymmetrical appearance of the breasts. The leaks, if not addressed with the soonest are quite detrimental to one’s health. The material which makes up the implants is made to be thick, making leaking gradual and slow. That’s why it is very important that you follow your schedule of several follow-up consultations after the procedure to ensure complete assessment.
Most often, the leaks can be detected only by a mammogram. Once a rupture has been detected, the implant will need replacement, and an incision will be done around the areola, regardless of the location of your initial incision. For your safety, most practitioners would suggest that both implants should be replaced in order to avoid future potential leakage on the other one.
What is Capsular Contracture
Another very common cause for implant replacement and revision is a complication called capsular contracture. In this case, the tissues which surround the implant constrict tightly around it, impeding circulation and resulting in a squeezed, uncomfortable feeling and appearance. Capsular contracture has no known cause as of the moment, and it can only be remedied by total removal of the implants.
Before the replacement and revision surgery, you will be asked to choose your breast implant size. As long as you have not experienced tissue necrosis or other serious complications, you can choose a smaller or a larger implant size for this procedure than your previous ones. As said before, you will have an extended recovery time for revision surgery.
It will take a couple of weeks to about a month before you can finally get back to your regular day-to-day routine. A week’s worth of bed rest with limited range-of-motion exercises will also be required post-surgery.