Issues in Breast Procedures – The Need for Breast Revision Surgery
The breasts are perhaps the most feminine trait of a woman’s body, and their appearance can cause discomfort in those who are dissatisfied with the way they look. Some women make the decision to undergo a cosmetic breast procedure to improve body positivity, the look of the breasts, and for a better fit in undergarments and clothing. There are circumstances when a less-qualified plastic surgeon performs a delicate operation of the breasts, or a woman experiences unintended consequences during the procedure or healing process, which can lead to unsatisfactory results. Such surgical cases may require a breast revision, or secondary breast procedure, to provide patients with improved aesthetic outcomes.
Dissatisfaction with Breast Augmentation
Healed breast procedures including breast augmentation with the placement of saline or silicone implants or breast lift surgery, can be modified by one of the board-certified plastic surgeons at Doctors Plastic Surgery of New York. Asymmetrically placed implants or those that sit too high on the chest may draw unwanted attention to the bust. Ruptured implants can create the appearance of uneven or misshapen breasts and may even pose a health risk. Other breast augmentation placement issues that women can experience are implants that are situated too close together or too far apart, which can appear unnatural and may interfere with the fit of clothing.
Breast Revision for Implants
Women may also seek either an increase in the size of the bust or a decrease from the original implant size. Improperly placed implants can be removed, and a new set of breast implants can be placed in a position that better suits the patient’s anatomy during breast revision. The surgeon can excise scar tissue and ensure the breasts are the same size and aesthetically pleasing with a natural feel. Some women opt to have breast implants permanently removed. During the time they were inserted in the chest, the breast tissue and skin may have expanded. Breast revision surgery can help to address this concern.
Unappealing Breast Lift Results
Any surgery carries inherent risks, and breast lift results can also be compromised by surgical inexperience. The initial type of lift surgery could have left patients with an unwanted change in shape or size, or certain unpreventable occurrences like the development of a hematoma may develop and cause irregularities. The incision can become infected, resulting in unexpected scarring or additional tissue excision. In breast lift procedures where too much tissue has been excised, leaving a breast size that appears too small for a woman’s frame, patients may opt to undergo breast augmentation during the revision to provide their ideal aesthetic results. In other cases, a prior breast lift may not have eliminated enough tissue and the patient is left with large, drooping breasts that she hopes to modify more significantly. It is recommended that women undergo breast lift after they have made the decision not to have any more children, as additional pregnancy and breastfeeding may impact the size and shape of the breasts, even after a cosmetic procedure.
Breast Revision for an Unsuccessful Breast Lift Procedure
Breast revision seeks to correct the previous work of another plastic surgeon for a number of reasons and may require additional procedures for an optimal outcome. The surgeon may perform a secondary breast lift to remove more skin of the breast. This will allow the breasts to sit higher on the chest with forward-facing nipples. If a woman requests larger breasts, implants can be placed during surgery.
Candidates for Breast Revision Surgery
Women who are unhappy with the appearance of one or both breasts following an elective breast procedure may qualify for a revision procedure. Candidates should be healthy – both physically and mentally – and nonsmokers. Women cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding, and ideally should be done having children. If a woman plans to become pregnant again, she should wait to have the procedure when she has completed her family.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will Breast Augmentation patients know when their implants require replacement?
Changes in the shape and feel of breast implants can signify that breast revision is necessary to replace or remove saline or silicone implants. When a leak occurs, the breast can take on a deflated appearance. The breasts can harden or look uneven. Imaging can confirm a suspected implant leak.
How long will the breasts appear swollen?
Women who have previously undergone a cosmetic breast procedure have experienced postoperative swelling. Breast revision will cause swelling that completely resolves in a few months, though the majority of noticeable inflammation will be gone within a few weeks.
When can exercise be resumed?
Patients should wait one month or longer (typically 4-6 weeks) to workout. Strenuous activities can prolong the healing period and may even be dangerous to perform.
The Doctors Plastic Surgery Difference
When a patient undergoes breast augmentation or breast lift surgery with a doctor who has surgical expertise in the complex anatomy of the breasts and has performed a large number of procedures, she is more likely to be pleased with the outcome. Even if the initial surgical experience had a negative impact on a patient, physically or otherwise, Doctors Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing an improved experience through their expertly-trained surgeons. The group practice handles a larger volume of patients than other practices and has more experience in revision work than other plastic surgery offices. Patient safety and satisfaction are the most important elements of care to our team.
Undergoing Breast Revision in our State-of-the-Art New York City Facility
The practitioners at Doctors Plastic Surgery strive to provide their patients with the best cosmetic surgery experience possible. The spacious, modern facility located in Long Island City, New York, provides a central location for patients to first meet their doctor for the initial consultation, undergo the procedure, and visit for post-surgery checkups. This creates a familiar environment where both the medical staff and patients feel comfortable.
Breast Revision Consultation
Doctors Plastic Surgery offers cost-free consultations to their potential patients in a relaxed setting, free from commitment. Women have the opportunity to relay their cosmetic concerns to the doctor while learning about how the breasts may be improved by a secondary procedure. The doctor will assess the previous surgeon’s work and may request scans or testing to determine what internal complications may exist.
Breast lift can be considered a revision procedure but may also be reconstructive in nature. The doctor can explain the specifications of the surgery during the doctor-patient meeting and in follow-up appointments after reviewing any test results. It may also be necessary for the surgeon to review the previous doctor’s medical records and notes to learn about the preoperative breast conditions or special techniques that were used and had subsequently failed.
Breast Revision Patient Considerations
The doctor will ask the patient an array of questions to learn why she is not satisfied with the results of the breast augmentation or breast lift performed by a previous plastic surgeon. It is important to be aware of the breast placement, feeling, size, and shape to best convey how a patient would like to change these aspects. There may be individual limitations that the surgeon can discuss with prospective patients. He or she can provide photographs of completed surgeries performed on previous patients to explain how the breasts may look once healed. Patients are also encouraged to view the results of cosmetic breast procedures through the Doctors Plastic Surgery Photo Gallery.
Scarring Following Breast Revision
Some breast revision patients relay a concern about potential scarring that may occur following a secondary procedure. The surgeon may re-open tissues within existing scars, he or she may excise the scar and create a better-looking incision, or the treatment plan can include therapies to reduce the appearance of scars. This can include injections into the tissue, silicone patches, topical creams, and other measures to promote healthy healing of the skin. Patients prone to keloid formations or epidermal issues should let their doctor know during the initial meeting.
Schedule Breast Revision with Doctors Plastic Surgery
If you would like to learn more about breast revision due to unsatisfactory results from your first cosmetic breast surgery, schedule a visit with a board-certified plastic surgeon at Doctors Plastic Surgery of New York. Our office serves New York City and Long Island with a conveniently located office.
When you explain your concerns via the New York Patient Contact Form or our office phone at 718.395.5220, please include how long ago you had breast augmentation or breast lift surgery, as well as any known complications that attributed to the results. It may be necessary to allow some healing prior to a secondary operation, and the doctors can explain if certain issues may resolve on their own or with nonsurgical solutions. Women seeking breast revision should be nonsmokers who are physically and mentally capable of undergoing a secondary surgery. We look forward to empowering our prospective female clientele to take charge of their bodies while refusing to settle for subpar cosmetic work. Our work is professional, affordable, and provides the best long-term aesthetic results in the metropolitan New York City area.