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What to Expect Before and After Breast Revision Surgery
Breast augmentation and San Antonio breast lift surgery are popular procedures with a high satisfaction rate. However, sometimes patients need to have breast revision surgery for a variety of reasons.
For example, breast implants often need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and some women may decide to have their implants removed or replaced with smaller ones.
If you’re thinking about breast revision surgery, below is essential information to consider before you make a decision.
Why Choose Breast Revision?
Patients choose breast revision surgery for many reasons; keep in mind that even after breast augmentation, your breasts will still change shape and appearance over the years, even with breast implants.
Breast revision surgery could enhance your results if you didn’t like how the procedure went. Or, you may need revision surgery if you have had complications. Some of the most frequent reasons people need this procedure include:
- To alter the size, shape, or type of breast implants
- To address capsular contracture
- To fix migration of implants
- To improve breast asymmetry
- To put in a new implant
- To address folds or ripples
If you are dealing with any of the above issues, you should talk to your board-certified plastic surgeon today about this procedure.
Breast Revision Options
San Antonio Breast augmentation and revision has come a long way in a short time, and you have many options:
Type Of Implant
You can choose from saline or silicone breast implants. Saline implants contain sterile salt water and are filled with the proper amount of fluid when the surgeon inserts the shell in the chest.
Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel that are available in many shapes.
You also can select a silicone gummy bear implant, which has a more tear-drop shape that some women think looks more natural. Another advantage of this implant is the gel feels more natural than previous silicone implants.
Your surgeon can review the type of implant that is the best fit for your revision procedure.
Implants can be put above or below the chest muscle. Putting the implant under the muscle can cause less interference with breastfeeding and mammograms.
Also, your surgeon will talk about the best size of implant for your situation and goals. For example, some women prefer to have larger implants removed and smaller implants (San Antonio breast reduction) replaced as they get older. And, there is a trend towards more ‘natural’-looking results as breast augmentation surgery has evolved.
Preparing For Breast Revision
The initial step in this process is to talk to your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will speak with you about your previous breast surgeries, the results you seek, and any issues that can affect the results of the proposed procedure. If you have had cancer or other injuries to the breast, you may be a candidate for San Antonio breast reconstruction.
Some patients may have had a negative experience during the last procedure, so it’s important to discuss any fears or concerns with your surgeon.
Next, your surgeon will check your general health and your existing implants, as well as go over the options for breast surgery revision. Please make sure that you ask any questions you have and understand everything that will happen in the new breast surgery procedure.
As you get ready for the next step, listen to your surgeon’s advice about fitness, rest, diet, and medications. If they order lab tests or medical evaluations, see that they are completed promptly.
Also, it is essential to prepare your post-surgery care by making sure you have time off work and someone to help care for children and pets if needed.
The more you get ready before the revision procedure, the easier it will be.
Recovering From Breast Revision Surgery
One advantage of many breast revision procedures is the recovery is often less painful and shorter than the first time. However, you will experience some degree of pain and swelling for a few weeks.
Your incisions will have a dressing on them, and some surgeons provide support garments to enhance comfort and support. You also may have drains inserted to promote fluid drainage.
It’s recommended to have a loved one or friend bring you home from the surgery center and stay with you for at least one day. Most breast revision patients can go back to work and most activities after a week or so.
If you had new breast implants inserted, they would take about a month to settle into their final position. Scars will be visible for several months, but they usually fade and are barely noticeable after a year.
As always, please don’t rush the recovery process, as patience is vital for the best results.
Request A Breast Revision Consultation
Interested in a breast revision in San Antonio? Dr. Scott J Farber or Dr. Amita Shah of Hill Country Plastic Surgery can help. They will consult with you for your San Antonio cosmetic procedure today. They’ll go over the options, goals, and more to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for a breast revision.
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