What Is Breast Revision Surgery?
Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the United States and, in the majority of cases, produces beautiful and natural outcomes. Unfortunately, sometimes a woman can be unhappy with the appearance of her breasts and, at some point, may want breast revision treatment. It is important to note not all revision surgeries are because of surgeon error. While there are a few surgeries that do end with a poor outcome, there are individuals who desire a larger or smaller implant, while some may have a defect and ask to have the breast implant corrected or removed altogether. In addition, there are some women who must have revision treatment for a specific condition.
Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz is an internationally recognized expert in breast surgery, which has given him specialized knowledge in identifying and correcting problems that can arise from breast implant surgery. Contact our team today to learn more about breast revision and schedule your private consultation with Dr. Schwartz.
what are Reasons for Revision Surgery?
Clients that would benefit from a breast implant revision may be dissatisfied with their implants for a variety of reasons. Some women may be unhappy with overly large implants or may have complications arise with their breast implants that require corrective surgery. Some of the issues that a breast implant revision can correct are an implant bottoming out, animation deformity, capsular contracture, ruptured implants, unwanted implants, implant rippling, and shifting implants.
All individuals with implants should be checked annually by a board-certified plastic surgeon to identify any complications that could arise and address them immediately.
Depending on the type of implants you have, a rupture may be easy or difficult to detect. With saline implants, a noticeable deflation in the implant will happen over a 24-hour period and are easy to detect.
Because of the cohesive nature of silicone gel, ruptured silicone implants often take longer to diagnose and may require imaging for confirmation.
In cases of a ruptured implant, Dr. Schwartz will surgically remove the implant and replace the implant if desired.
Breast implant Rippling
Breast implant rippling is another common complication with breast implants, especially saline. Rippling is typically most noticeable on the bottom of the breasts or the sides but could also appear near the cleavage.
The causes of implant rippling could be the placement of the implant above the muscle, a client that doesn't have enough breast tissue to cover the implant, or underinflated saline implants. Depending on the reason for the rippling, the correction may involve placing the implant under the muscle, using fat grafting or ADM to create more padding between the implant and the skin, and/or changing the implants from saline to silicone.
Double Bubble Implants
A "double bubble," or a visible implant, will occur when your breast diameter is smaller than the diameter of the implant. Revision surgery is often necessary to correct this breast implant complication.
Breast Implant Removal
Some women feel after having implants for a long period of time would prefer just to remove them. Breast implants are not meant to last forever. The FDA recommends removing breast implants with/without replacement at 15-years.
Dr. Schwartz recommends that you begin thinking about removing and/or exchanging them about 10 years after placement.
Having breasts that are in harmony with your body proportions can complement your figure and enhance your overall appearance. Vice versa, having overly large or disproportionate breast implants can be a source of discomfort for many women. Clients that find themselves unhappy with the size of their current breast implants may opt for a breast revision surgery to replace these with smaller implants, or remove the implants entirely, to create a more aesthetically balanced body shape.
When an implant is placed inside the body, your body will naturally form an internal scar around it. Capsular contracture is when your body has formed a thick, tight scar around the implant, resulting in hardened, painful, or distorted implants. Sometimes, it may only happen in one breast, while in other cases, it affects both.
Dr. Schwartz uses several methods to correct capsular contracture. In most cases, the implant and capsule can be surgically removed, and a replacement implant can be placed, depending on your preference. This is called a full capsulectomy.
In some cases, a full capsulectomy is not necessary, and only the scar tissue needs to be released to correct the problem.
Implant Bottoming Out
When an implant pocket is formed too low on the chest or the breast implant sits too low, this is called bottoming out. Bottoming out can happen when an implant pushes down on the breast tissue due to a lack of structural support in the breast fold or if the attachments in the breast fold were released too much during the surgery. Also, larger implants have more of a risk of bottoming out due to their weight.
In cases of bottoming out, Dr. Schwartz may surgically lift the lowered breast implant, perform a breast lift, or replace the original breast implants with smaller, lighter ones.
Botched implants are always a risk when undergoing breast augmentation. In cases where the surgical error is the cause of implant complications, Dr. Schwartz will evaluate your situation and come up with a breast revision strategy that best fits your individual needs and concerns. Some options might include breast implant removal (excision), fat transfer breast augmentation, or replacing your original implants with ones more suited to your body.
Breast Revision Reviews
"Dr Schwartz is fantastic! He has the kindest bedside manner, as he is is patient, making sure to explain everything and answer all my questions. I felt extremely comfortable with him the entire time (despite the fact that I am usually very shy, especially with my body). My priority is to keep things natural and Dr Schwartz was on the same page. He has incredible skill. I could not be happier with my result!"- R.L. / Google / Feb 07, 2019
"I Love love Dr Schwartz he. was very very informative of what I needed to know. the staff was great!!!!!! he answered all my questions he was very careing.and gave me all the leads i need untill i see him again.which i hope will be soon he even gave me a small boost of confidence.i left feeling like a million bucks.❤❤❤peace and blessings to the Doctor and his crew."- T.R. / Facebook / Sep 30, 2020
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"I could not be happier with my results. Dr Schwartz and his staff are amazing. The best of the best!"- H.S. / Google / Feb 09, 2021
"I am loving my results and I have never been happier in my entire life. Dr Schwartz and his entire staff are friendly, welcoming and top notch professionals. Highly recommended - definitely the best of the best! ❤️"- H.S. / Facebook / Feb 11, 2021
How does breast revision surgery work?
During your initial consultation with Dr. Schwartz, he will go over your goals and carefully explain his assessment of the problem(s) and discuss with you his recommendations for correction.
Since the reasons for breast surgery revision are so varied and individual, the procedure will vary as well. In all cases, we will carefully review the specifics regarding your surgical options for revision and ensure that you understand what your particular procedure will involve.
Breast surgery revisions can be significantly more complicated than the original procedure, so please bring all previous operative reports with you to the consultation, and any necessary medical records, if possible. If you need help obtaining these records, our staff will gladly assist you.
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How Long Is Recovery After Revision Surgery?
After your surgery and a brief observation period, you will be sent home to start your recovery. The recovery period varies based on the complexity of your surgery. Revision surgery that requires any type of reconstruction or grafting will have a longer recovery, which could take up to 6 – 8 weeks. You should begin to see your results when the bruising and swelling begin to disappear. Dr. Schwartz or a member of his team will go over what you can expect during your recovery, plus suggestions to help speed your healing. You should also schedule your follow-up appointments as often as directed so Dr. Schwartz can assess your healing and results.
Breast Revision FAQ
How much does breast revision surgery cost?
Your cost for breast revision surgery can vary greatly based on what needs to be performed. In your consultation, Dr. Schwartz will listen to your needs and goals before performing a physical examination of your implants. After this, he will talk about your options before developing your surgical plan. The total cost of breast revision surgery will be based on the length and complexity of the procedure, as well as your new implants. It is best to concentrate on getting the results you want by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon and an internationally recognized expert in plastic surgery, like Dr. Schwartz, instead of the cheapest option. As a way to help make your surgery easy to afford, Jaime S. Schwartz MD FACS accepts several payment methods, and we will help you find low-interest medical financing.
What if Dr. Schwartz wasn't my original surgeon?
Dr. Schwartz can perform your breast revision surgery even if he wasn't the surgeon who performed your breast augmentation. Revision surgery is sometimes more complex than augmentation surgery, especially if you want significant changes or have problems, so it is better to select a plastic surgeon like Dr. Schwartz, who has years of experience and advanced training in breast surgery. Dr. Schwartz also welcomes his patients to return to his practice for breast revision surgery after their original implant surgery if they have a problem or want new implants.
What about loose skin?
When you are having your implants removed or are changing to a significantly smaller size of implants, you may need to have excess skin removed during your surgery. After hearing your goals and assessing your current implants, Dr. Schwartz can discuss the need for a breast lift to remove loose skin. If you lose a significant amount of weight, become pregnant, or breastfeed after augmentation surgery, a breast revision combined with a lift gives you better results.
Will there be new scars?
Whenever possible, Dr. Schwartz will try to make incisions for breast revision surgery in the same place as your original augmentation incisions. If this isn't possible, he will place the new incisions where they are least visible. Revision surgery typically uses a transaxillary incision (through the armpit), a periareolar incision (along the lower edge of the areola), an inframammary incision (beneath the breast fold), or TUBA incision (through the belly button). Dr. Schwartz or a member of his team will go over scar care instructions — so your incisions heal properly and blend with your normal skin.
Do I have to change my implants?
Although implants can last a long time, they usually do require replacement at some point. After breast augmentation surgery, it is important to have your implants examined regularly so Dr. Schwartz can help you decide when your implants should be exchanged. With so many advances in medical technology, you may prefer the new implant types and shapes to achieve your best look from breast revision surgery.
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Get The New Look You Want
Revision surgery for breast implants is a procedure custom-tailored for your specific needs by highly-experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz. If you notice a visible defect with your breast augmentation results or wish for a different result, we welcome you to call our Beverly Hills, CA office to make your appointment at Jaime S. Schwartz MD FACS. There are so many factors to consider, and Dr. Schwartz will perform a full physical assessment, create your revision treatment plan, and help set realistic goals and expectations. Contact our team today and start your journey to achieving the look you want.
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