About Breast Revision Surgery
Breast revision surgery can correct the effects of aging or body changes such as weight loss or surgery. Over time, breasts can change shape or appearance and require minor corrections. Sometimes existing implants can become damaged, misplaced, or infected, or you may simply want a change in look and size. At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi can restore your breasts to their youthful beauty. He believes safety and discretion are important in the replacement of your implants and also offers additional techniques for minor enhancements. We encourage you to call for a consultation at our Louisville, KY practice to discuss your desired outcome and start your recommended treatment plan.
Breast revision surgery may be needed due to a breast augmentation procedure that did not turn out well, an implant that is malfunctioning, or for a simple change of aesthetics. Women decide to have this procedure for a number of different reasons, including:
A desire to have a different breast size
After having breast implants for several years, some women decide to change the size of their implants to smaller or larger ones. This may be a personal aesthetic preference to shape, type of implant, or texture of the implant. It may also be necessary as a woman’s weight fluctuates with age.
The removal of breast implants
Some women desire to have their breast implants removed altogether as they no longer wish to have them or have a medical condition that requires the removal.
A silicone implant rupture usually goes undetected until the shape of the breast is noticeably different or is detected with an MRI. However, a saline implant will immediately deflate. Both require a surgical intervention.
A double bubble refers to the breast implant being placed incorrectly by the plastic surgeon or from the implant shifting downward under the breast, giving the appearance of a double breast. This can happen on one or both breasts.
Scarring or capsular contracture
Scarring can cause breast implants to lose their shape and feel very hard. As scar tissue has grown around the implant (usually saline implants), it has to be surgically removed for best results.
When a breast implant develops a ripple or a wrinkle within itself, it sometimes can be seen under the skin around the outside of the breast of the patient. This rippling can happen with saline or silicone implants and within one or both breasts.
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What to Expect
Breast revision surgery is usually very similar to the initial breast augmentation surgery, but it depends on the surgical case and what is being addressed. For women who are getting a smaller size or complete removal, a breast lift may be necessary to correct loose skin. For other patients who have scar tissue, rippling, double bubble, or an implant rupture, a reconstructive process will be performed to prevent a reoccurrence. Our plastic surgeon will address the issue at hand and resolve the problem with a realistic outcome discussed prior to treatment. You should keep in mind that the more difficult the procedure, the longer the recovery will be.
You will again be educated on how to properly care for the surgical incision points and the best skincare treatments to reduce scarring. There will also be significant bruising and swelling for the first couple of weeks. You should limit strenuous exercise but still get up and move around to promote healing and blood circulation. Most patients recover in 4 – 6 weeks and are extremely happy with their breast revision results.
Breast Revision Surgery FAQ
How much does breast revision surgery cost?
Your cost for breast revision surgery will vary depending on the complexity of your procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Mizuguchi will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical examination of your implants. After this, he will talk about your options before creating your surgical plan. The cost of breast revision surgery will be based on the length and complexity of the procedure, as well as your new implants. It's better to concentrate on getting great results by finding a skilled dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon, like Dr. Mizuguchi, instead of the cheapest option. As a way to help make your surgery easy to afford, Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
What if Dr. Mizuguchi wasn't my original surgeon?
Dr. Mizuguchi can perform your breast revision surgery even if he was not the surgeon who performed your breast augmentation. Breast revision surgery can be more difficult compared to augmentation surgery, especially if you want dramatic changes or have problems, so it is best to choose a plastic surgeon like Dr. Mizuguchi, who has years of experience and advanced training in breast surgery. Dr. Mizuguchi also welcomes his patients to return to Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery for breast revision surgery after their implant surgery if they notice a problem or would like new implants.
What about loose skin?
When you are having your implants removed or are changing to significantly smaller size implants, you may want to have excess skin removed during your surgery. After listening to your goals and assessing your current implants, Dr. Mizuguchi can discuss the need for a breast lift to remove sagging skin. If you lose a significant amount of weight, become pregnant, or breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery, a revision combined with a lift can help you get better results.
Will there be new scars?
Whenever possible, Dr. Mizuguchi will make incisions for revision surgery in the original augmentation incisions. However, if this isn't possible, he will place the new incisions where they will be less visible. Breast revision surgery typically uses a transaxillary incision (in the armpit), a periareolar incision (on the lower edge of the areola), an inframammary incision (under the fold of the breast), or a TUBA incision (through the belly button). Dr. Mizuguchi or a member of his team will explain scar care management — so your new incisions heal flat and blend into your skin.
Do I have to change my implants?
Although implants can last a long time, they need to be replaced eventually. Once you've had augmentation surgery, it's important to have your implants checked regularly so Dr. Mizuguchi can help you determine when your implants should be exchanged. With frequent advances in medical technology, you may want to consider the newest implant types and shapes to achieve a better look during breast revision surgery.
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If you are not happy with your current size, shape, texture, or look of your implants, please contact us today. If your implants are ten years or older, you may want to have a consultation to discuss your breast health as well. At a private consultation, we will answer all questions and concerns (even if our plastic surgeon did not perform the first surgery). Please schedule a consultation today with our front office staff.
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