- What It Is: Replaces breast implants to address complications, improve results, or update implant material
- Reasons Why: Switch the size, shape, or style of breast implant, reposition implant, or replace a ruptured implant
- Procedure: Outpatient
- Anesthesia: General
- Duration of Procedure: 1-2 hours, depending on type of revision
- Initial Recovery Phase: 10-14 days
- Results: 6 weeks with continued improvement as implants settle and tissues heal
Breast augmentation increases your breast size but obviously does not prevent normal changes of the breasts that occur over time. Breast implants can also sometimes lead to complications, including capsular contracture, implant malposition, or implant rupture. After your initial breast surgery, your breasts may change in shape or size with weight changes or as tissues stretch over time. Revision breast augmentation addresses complications or aesthetic concerns and replaces old breast implants.
Dr. Sean Maguire at Physician’s Center for Beauty in Louisville offers revision breast augmentation. Dr. Maguire is a plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience. He has helped many women achieve their desired results with revision breast surgery. His plastic surgery practice, Physician’s Center for Beauty, is a highly regarded Center of Excellence in Louisville, Kentucky, and the surrounding area. His office combines luxury and comfort with a highly skilled surgeon and an experienced support team, focused on your satisfaction and safety.
Why Have Revision Breast Augmentation?
Women may require revision surgery if they experience pain and tightening from capsular contracture, an implant rupture, or the implant migrating to an undesirable position. Other women may desire revision breast augmentation to change the style or size of their implants or replace old breast implants with newer models.
Breast implant manufacturers may cover some of the cost of a replacement procedure, depending on the circumstance. Some women choose to replace their implants around the 10-year mark to meet the warranty terms and update their results.
Weight changes and the natural aging process can alter your breast appearance over time, making the breasts look saggy or uneven. Revision breast augmentation can address these concerns.
Is Revision Breast Augmentation Right for Me?
Breast revision surgery is for patients who have had a previous breast augmentation.
procedure. If you are unhappy with your results or are concerned about the condition of your implants, you may be a good candidate for a revision procedure. You must be in good overall health and at a stable weight, because weight fluctuations can affect the breasts’ appearance.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
Revision breast augmentation is a fairly common procedure, but each case is different. Make sure you choose an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Maguire, who has had ample training and experience in all types of breast surgery. Dr. Maguire tailors his surgical approach to your needs and desired results.
Revision or secondary breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. The location of the incision depends on the initial procedure and type of breast surgery planned, as some women combine revision breast augmentation with breast lift. The inframammary incision is made under the breast in the inframammary fold or breast crease, whereas the periareolar technique limits the incisions around the areolas. A breast lift incision could be necessary. That might be a vertical lollipop incision (around the areolas and down to the crease) or a Wise pattern incision (around the areolas and down and across the breast crease). Some incisions will be visible with the breast lift technique but are concealed under bras and swimwear.
Dr. Maguire accesses the breast tissues and makes the necessary changes, removing and replacing breast implants and reshaping the breast tissue. He will close the incisions with many layers of dissolving sutures to minimize scars.
What Is the Recovery Like?
The recovery process for revision breast augmentation is similar to the recovery from your initial surgery. You will have light bandages on your incisions and will be wearing a supportive compression garment. Dr. Maguire will provide instructions on how to care for the surgical site, and you will be prescribed medication to minimize pain and nausea. You will have a follow-up appointment scheduled in advance.
You may notice positive changes in your breasts right after surgery but most of your results are obscured by post-operative swelling and bruising for several weeks. It may take six weeks or longer for all the swelling to resolve and for your breasts to soften to a more natural look and feel. Full recovery takes six to 12 months, and incision lines will fade significantly in the first year.
Learn More About Revision Breast Augmentation
If you are interested in revision breast augmentation, contact Physician’s Center for Beauty to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maguire. Call our Louisville, Kentucky, office at (502) 897-7546 or fill out our online contact form.