Some women pursue breast implant revision if a previous breast augmentation didn’t offer them the results they hoped for. Revision surgery may also be performed to correct a complication or replace implants. If you’re considering breast implant revision, you likely have some questions about the procedure and what you can expect. Below, Dr. Lee B. Daniel answers some of the most commonly asked questions about breast implant revision at his Eugene, Oregon practice.
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Breast implant revision surgery is a procedure or combination of procedures performed to correct a previous breast augmentation, improve an unsatisfactory result or update your breast implant size. These improvements may be needed because of age-related changes or because you’ve decided you’d like a different look than what your previous surgery delivered. Different options that may be suggested as part of your implant revision include changing implant type (saline for silicone, for example), increasing or decreasing implant size or removing implants entirely. Depending on your goals, Dr. Daniel may also suggest additional procedures, such as a breast lift, for the best outcome.
The best candidates for breast implant revision surgery should be in good health overall and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with the procedure. Women who are dissatisfied with the outcome of a previous surgery, unhappy with their implant size or who are experiencing complications with their implants can find great satisfaction and improved quality of life from a revision breast augmentation.
Minimizing scarring is an important goal with breast implant revision. Whenever possible, Dr. Daniel will work with existing scars to meet this goal. You can discuss incision placement with Dr. Daniel ahead of time so that you’ll know what to expect. In the instances where some additional incisions are necessary, most women feel that the benefits of the revision procedure far outweigh concerns over scarring.
Although breast implant manufacturers do have some recommended lifespans, breast implants do not come with a specific expiration date. Typically, as long as you’re still satisfied with your results and there are no signs of complications with your implants, there’s no need to replace or remove them. However, if you’ve decided you would like smaller or larger implants or there are signs of an implant leak or rupture, you should discuss breast augmentation revision with your plastic surgeon.
Recovering from a revision procedure is fairly similar to the recovery of the initial surgery, but it’s typically a bit shorter and involves less discomfort. As with your initial procedure, you’ll wear a supportive garment after surgery and limit your physical activity for several weeks.
Insurers can sometimes cover implant revision procedures, particularly if the revision is needed due to problems that affect your overall health. Because insurance providers vary greatly in what they may or may not cover, we recommend calling them ahead of time to check the details of your policy. Our office will work with you to make sure you have any documentation you’re requested to provide to your insurance company.