When surgeons talk about “revision surgery,” they’re typically describing a fix or correction for a previous procedure that failed to provide or no longer provides the desired results of the initial surgery.
For instance, outdated joint replacements, scarring at incision sites, and unsatisfactory results after a weight loss procedure often benefit from revision surgery. When it comes to previous breast augmentation, revision surgery can update aging implants, give you a second chance at getting the size “just right,” and otherwise turn a perceived failure into a success.
Dr. Tom Pousti is a highly skilled, dual board-certified plastic surgeon with a thriving practice, Pousti Plastic Surgery, here in San Diego, California. He’s passionate about using his extensive surgical skill and expertise to provide safe, effective, and cosmetically appealing results for numerous operative procedures, including revision breast augmentation surgery. He’s happy to share some basics about this surgery and what it can mean for you.
Why would I need revision breast augmentation surgery?
After undergoing breast augmentation surgery, probably the last thing you want to contemplate is doing it again. Fortunately, most breast augmentation surgeries provide pleasing and long-lasting results. However, implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Depending on the type of implant you choose and your age at the time of your initial surgery, you may require a second procedure to replace aging implants at some point in your future.
Other reasons for revision breast augmentation surgery include:
- Reducing or increasing the size of your implants
- Correcting problems caused by movement of the implants, such as a downward shift that displaces your nipple and areolar region
- Removal of implants due to a change of heart about your previous breast augmentation
- Implant deflation or rupture
- Switching from saline to more natural-feeling silicone implants
- Capsulotomy – surgical release of tightening scar tissue (capsular contracture) that may cause discomfort or pull the implant out of place
Sometimes revision surgery is required when the initial procedure resulted in asymmetrical breast size or poor and unnatural-appearing implant placement. It’s imperative that you choose an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon for any cosmetic or reconstructive surgical procedure. There’s also a certain amount of artistic skill involved in ensuring breast implants enhance, rather than dramatically and artificially dominate, your natural shape and size.
What are the challenges of revision breast augmentation surgery?
It takes an extra level of skill and expertise to perform a successful revision surgery since there may be scar tissue formation, loss of skin elasticity, and other anatomical changes in your breasts due to the previous procedure. The revision procedure also generally takes longer than the original surgery because of these challenges. Still, if you choose a surgeon with the required experience and training, you can expect very pleasing results from a second surgery.
Many of my patients who come in for a revision breast augmentation are understandably concerned about what to expect after the procedure. We spend a significant amount of time here at Pousti Plastic Surgery ensuring that our patients understand what’s involved in revision surgery, how long we expect their recovery to take, and whether their goals for the surgery are realistic.
If you’re not happy with the cosmetic results of your initial breast augmentation or are experiencing complications such as implant shift, schedule a consultation regarding revision surgery today with Dr. Pousti at Pousti Plastic Surgery in San Diego. Call our office or click the “book online” button to get started.