Even with the best initial results from breast augmentation, occasionally time and the body can conspire to cause problems. Maybe the implants that you got in your 20’s no longer suit you now in your 40’s, or you want to switch from saline to silicone. Maybe there is an issue with the implant, such as capsular contracture, or the results from a less-than-adequate procedure need to be amended. Whatever the problem, breast revision surgery can solve it.
It is important to see a board certified plastic surgeon with vast experience in breast surgery. Dr. Robert Whitfield’s expertise in revision stems from years reconstructing breasts and helping women find a solution to their needs. Because tissues of the breast are more difficult to revise when previously operated on, revision breast surgery requires more experience and thoughtful planning.
During your initial consultation for a breast revision, Dr. Whitfield will perform a thorough physical exam to assess the status of your breast tissue and skin laxity while learning of your goals. If he did not perform your initial augmentation, he will also review your original surgical reports if possible. Through the examination, case review, and conversation, he will develop the treatment plan that best delivers your desired outcome.
There are any number of reasons why a patient might require a breast revision. Most of the time, it is for aesthetic concerns. If, for instance, you received large breast implants when you were younger, they may no longer suit your lifestyle now that you are older. Also, time, breastfeeding, and weight gain/loss can all take a toll on the skin and tissues of the breast. Your nipple may no longer be in its proper, lifted position on the chest wall. This can sometimes be fixed by swapping out your current implant for a slighter larger one. More often than not, it requires a breast lift along with an implant.
Some patients experience complications with their breast implant. The implant may have dropped out of position so that it rests below the inframammary fold or off to the side. Malposition and capsular contractures can occur but should happen in less than 5% of patients.
Attention to detail in the operating room is the difference between attaining great, long-lasting results, and results that may need revision. Dr. Whitfield performs the former, following the latest protocols and techniques to both ensure great-looking results, but safe and effective ones.
Breast revision surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center. Your recovery may take a bit longer than your original breast augmentation surgery, but will depend on the type of procedure performed. After a simple implant exchange, you may be back to normal activities after only 1-2 weeks. With something more complicated like a breast lift with an implant, your recovery may take anywhere from 2-4 weeks.
To find out more about a breast implant revision with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at one of our Austin locations, Round Rock or West Lake Hills.