Top New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing cosmetic surgery. One of the plastic surgery procedures he performs is breast implant replacement, also known as breast implant revision.
Breast implant replacement surgery involves the removal and replacement of breast implants for either cosmetic or medical reasons. If you are considering breast implant revision surgery, this section will give you a basic understanding of the procedure.
Breast implant replacement may be right for patients experiencing implant complications, as well as those who are unhappy with a previous breast augmentation procedure. As one’s body changes, their procedure goals may also change to best complement their current physique. Patients who opted for breast implants in the past may now desire different sized implants for more natural-looking results. In other cases, breast implant replacement may be medically necessary due to a rupture or capsular contracture (the buildup of scar tissue around the implant that can lead to pain, as well as an uneven appearance).
Ideal candidates for breast implant replacement surgery include patients who wish to remove and replace their breast implants for cosmetic or medical reasons. Some patients who are no longer satisfied with the size or shape of their breast implants can opt for breast implant revision surgery to achieve more symmetrical results. Others may need to have their breast implants replaced due to an implant rupture, deflation, displacement, infection, or capsular contracture.
Revision breast surgery is typically safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgical procedure, there is always the possibility of complications. The most common risks include bleeding, infection, and numbness in the area. Dr. Antell will discuss the risks of breast implant replacement, as well as the recovery process, during your consultation at our NYC office. Closely following your surgeon’s instructions pre and post-procedure can help minimize risk.
During your initial consultation for breast implant revision surgery, your surgeon will discuss your procedure goals and expectations. Your breasts will be closely examined and measured in preparation for your surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the factors that may affect your procedure, including your age, health, breast size, and shape.
Breast implant removal for medical reasons is often covered by insurance plans, though breast implant replacement is not typically covered. You should be prepared to ask your surgeon any questions you may have about your breast implant revision surgery – from the procedure itself to the recovery.
Depending on the specifics of your procedure, a mammogram, or breast x-ray, may be required before your breast implant replacement surgery. Patients will also receive specific guidelines on how to best prepare for revision breast enhancement; this includes instructions on eating and drinking, as well as information regarding supplements and medications.
You should also arrange for transportation to and from surgery, as you will need to be driven home following your breast implant replacement.
Revision breast surgery is typically performed in an ambulatory surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. The surgery will usually take 2-4 hours to complete, but may take longer depending on the specifics of your procedure.
Breast implant replacement can be performed under twilight anesthesia. Patients are made comfortable throughout the procedure and are monitored by a board certified anesthesiologist.
During breast implant replacement, a small incision is made and the existing implant is removed along with surrounding scar tissue. The new breast implant is inserted through the incision. Your surgeon will then close the incision. The exact placement of your incision will depend on your individual anatomy, as well as your surgeon’s recommendation.
The size and shape of your breast implants can be customized to best complement your physique. In some cases, the areola may be resized or reshaped to add natural-looking symmetry to your breasts.
Following your breast implant replacement, you may be given an elastic support to wear; this holds your breasts in the correct position to aid in healing. Patients can expect mild bruising and swelling to last for a few weeks following surgery. While rarely necessary, medication prescribed by your surgeon can help to minimize any discomfort following the procedure if needed.
You can usually return to work, as well as most daily activities, within a few days. Strenuous movements should be avoided for the initial weeks of recovery to allow for optimal healing. Follow your surgeon’s instructions on when to resume exercise.
Specific timelines will vary from person to person, depending on the extent of the surgery being performed. Dr. Antell will discuss the specifics of your recovery with you and answer any questions you may have.
Breast implant replacement can help you achieve natural-looking, symmetrical breasts. If you are unhappy with the results of a previous breast implant procedure, then revision breast surgery may be ideal for you.
Keep in mind that it may take months before you start to see your final results; it is important to be patient with yourself as you get used to your new image.
Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss Breast Implant Replacement / Breast Implant Revision with you. Please call for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.