Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed today, and most women are delighted with their results. However, there are times when either complications or a change of preference will require revision surgery. If issues arise, women in Napa and Marin County know that they can turn to the Board Certified surgeons at Plastic Surgery Associates to safely and effectively improve the look and feel of their chest with a breast implant revision.
Breast Revision in Santa Rosa:
Some women find themselves disappointed with breast implants that are too large, small, or asymmetrical. Unfortunately, there are also others who will encounter serious issues such as implant malposition or capsular contracture. For a variety of reasons, Dr. Francisco Canales and Dr. Heather Furnas have helped more than 2,500 women achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing breast. Plastic Surgery Associates in Santa Rosa consistently brings their patients the latest in revision options, always with the goal of beautiful, natural results.
Common reasons for implant revision include:
- Bottoming Out: The term ‘bottoming out’ refers to implants that have dramatically dropped on the chest, making the breasts too low or the nipples too high.
- Capsular Contracture: Capsular contracture refers to scar tissue that forms around the implant. While mild scarring is normal, in some cases, this scar will form a thick, tight, uncomfortable capsule around the breast implant.
- Smaller or larger implants: Either immediately, or years later, a woman may decide she is no longer happy with the shape or size implant originally placed.
- Rippling: Especially on a thin patient, rippling or wrinkles of the breast implant may become visible below the skin.
- Rupture: Both saline and silicone implants hold a small chance for rupture, and the older the device, the higher the incidence for leakage.
- Symmastia: Symmastia is a condition that causes the breast implant pockets to merge together, creating an unusual shape or ‘uni-boob’ in the middle of the chest.
The Breast Revision Consultation:
Patients who are unhappy with their breasts following an initial augmentation may find the revision procedure can provide significant improvements. To get started, a consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas in their Napa Valley office. At this time, the surgeons will perform a physical exam of the breasts, take the medical history, discuss the patient’s aesthetic desires, and answer all initial questions. The surgeons will then explain the options in revision procedures, including the risks and limitations of each. After careful consideration, it will be determined if a revision procedure can provide the patient’s desired results.
The Ideal Candidate for Implant Revision:
Any woman who is frustrated the size, appearance, or feel of her breasts after an initial augmentation procedure may be a candidate for the revision procedure. Potential patients should be in generally good health, and understand the revision techniques. Realistic expectations are key to a successful breast implant revision.
The Breast Revision Procedure:
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas perform their implant revision as outpatient surgery, using general anesthesia. Depending on the revision required, the surgery can take from one to three hours. The exact revision process will be determined during the consultation.
The revision starts with an incision running around the areola, down the breast, and horizontally across the breast crease. From here, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas can remove unwanted fat, skin, or scar tissue. The implant can be replaced, or a biologic tissue matrix may be added for additional support. Once the desired correction has been obtained, the incisions will be closed and a compression garment or bra will be put in place for proper healing.
Recovering from a Breast Revision in Napa:
The recovery after a breast revision will take from one to two weeks. Most women will be feeling well enough to return to work in seven to ten days. Bruising is common after surgery, but should subside over the next fourteen days. Swelling is also normal. Patients will need to continue wearing a surgical bra or compression garment for several weeks after their breast revision to keep swelling to a minimum and ensure satisfactory healing. Vigorous activities and exercise should be postponed for four to six weeks.
Implant Revision Risks & Complications:
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas have been performing breast revision procedures for more than 20 years, and their surgical techniques are considered among the safest in the country. While complications are rare, as with any surgical procedure, there is always a small risk. Complications following breast revision can include bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, capsular contracture, and nerve damage. At your Sonoma County consultation, the surgeons will discuss the potential risks of a breast revision.
The Breast Implant Revision you Deserve:
At Plastic Surgery Associates, our Board Certified plastic surgeons understand the needs breast revision patients. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas have some of the lowest complication/revision rates in the country. Their synchronized teamwork means minimal operating time, fewer complications, and best of all – a shorter recovery period. To find out if a breast implant revision is right for you, call Plastic Surgery Associates at 707.537.2111. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.
Breast Revision FAQ:
What is a breast revision?
Breast revision is a surgical procedure designed to correct or improve the results from a previous breast augmentation procedure. Breast revision can correct issues such as capsular contracture, ruptures, ripples, deflation, and malposition.
Am I a good candidate for breast implant revision?
If you are in overall good health, and have previously undergone breast augmentation but now are unhappy with your appearance, or are experiencing problems, you may make a good candidate for a breast implant revision from Plastic Surgery Associates.
What are the risks associated with a breast revision procedure?
Risks are uncommon with the breast revision procedure, although may include excessive bleeding, asymmetry, loss of nipple or breast sensation, scarring, and infection.
Will my breast revision leave scars?
Yes, some visible scarring may occur after the revision procedure. The extent of scaring will depend on the technique performed.
When can I return to work after my breast revision?
Most of Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas breast revision patients are feeling well enough to return to work in seven to ten days
Breast Implant Revision at a Glance:
|Purpose:||Breast revision will correct the issues that arise following an initial breast augmentation surgery, including implant type or size, rippling or wrinkling, capsular contracture, or asymmetrical results.|
|Procedure:||Breast revision is a highly customizable procedure, depending on the extent of correction or the problems that are experienced. General or local anesthesia, or a local with sedation, may be used. The procedure will take one to three hours, and patients are home resting the same day.|
|Recovery:||Most women are feeling good enough to return to work in a week or less following revision surgery. Most activities can be resumed in one to two weeks, with vigorous exercise postponed for up to six weeks.|
|Results:||Women will see fuller, rounder, more symmetrical, and healthier breasts after their implant revision.|
|Related Procedures:||Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, Nipple Correction, Mommy Makeover|