Breast Revision SurgeryPosted on October 14, 2020
Breast revision surgery is performed to either correct complications from a previous breast augmentation procedure or to change the type or size of implants. While the specifics of the revision procedure vary from one patient to another, the overall objective of breast revision is to restore the youthful contours of the breast.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast revision surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Why Choose Breast Revision Surgery?
Breast revision surgery may be performed with the following goals in mind:
- Complete removal of an older breast implant (may or may not be combined with a breast lift)
- Modification of the implant (changing from saline to silicone or the reverse)
- Replacing the older implant with a new, smaller, or larger implant
- Correcting breast asymmetry or nipple issues after breast reconstruction surgery
- Giving a youthful appearance to breasts that appear asymmetrical or saggy due to ageing, weight loss, or pregnancy
Implant Removal vs. Implant Exchange
In an implant removal surgery, the breast implants are removed but there is no insertion of a new implant. Some patients choose to undergo a breast lift along with the implant removal to remove excess skin and lift the breasts to avoid their sagging after surgery.
In an implant exchange procedure, the surgeon removes implants that were inserted during an earlier breast augmentation. New implants are inserted in their place to give the breasts a youthful appearance. This exchange may be carried out on one or both breasts.
Implant exchange is a simpler process as compared to implant removal with lesser risk of infection and bleeding. However, in patients who suffer pain or other medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases, implant removal is a better choice.
Breast revision is a complex plastic surgery procedure and must be performed only by plastic surgeons with board certification and many years of experience in breast procedures.
Why is a Breast Lift Combined with Breast Revision?
Some patients request smaller sized implants to replace the larger initial implants. Following such a surgery, it is possible that the breasts take on a saggy appearance. In order to ensure that the breast retains its attractive, youthful appearance, a cosmetic surgeon may advise these types of patients to undergo a breast lift along with the breast revision procedure.
Recovery from Breast Revision
Recovery from an implant exchange procedure is faster and easier than during the initial breast augmentation surgery. In surgeries where the breast implant is totally removed, the surgeon may also have to eliminate significant amount of scar tissue, and this can cause longer recovery times with slightly greater discomfort.
Mild pain medications may be prescribed by the surgeon to deal with the discomfort and pain in the first week after surgery. Most patients get back to their normal routine activities within a week to 10 days of the surgery. However, it may take a little longer for the sore feeling in the breasts to fade away.
Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for breast revision surgery.
Contact Houston, Texas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak:
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.
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