Can previous breast augmentations be re-done?
Yes. Many people wish to change their implants for a variety of reasons. Although the procedure to repair prior work is often more difficult than the initial procedure, revisional breast surgery is something that I do all the time.
Can you explain what exactly “Revisional Breast Surgery” is?
Revisional breast surgery is used to correct changes that may have occurred subsequent to past breast implant surgery.
Many women seek secondary breast enhancement after implant-related or natural changes in the breast tissue such as after childbirth and breast-feeding.
Common reasons for seeking revisional breast surgery are implant deflation, a desire to change the size or type of implant, capsular contracture, implant malposition, double-bubble deformity, or a combination of those things.
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Who are good candidates for revisional breast surgery?
As with any surgery, the best candidates are in good health and non-smokers.
Those who have had a previous breast implant placed which needs to be replaced for reasons such as a leak, tightening of the scar tissue surrounding the implant, or a shift in the shape or position of the implant.
Those who feel their previous implant surgery no longer meets their satisfaction and that are no longer satisfied with their breast shape and/or size. Perhaps they wish to have them removed altogether.
The best candidates are also those with a positive attitude and realistic expectations.
How long is the procedure?
Surgery can be performed in the office under general anesthesia and the amount of time depends on what kind of revision I am making. Generally, it takes about 2-3 hours.
What is the recovery time?
After secondary breast surgery, it is often possible to return to work within just a few days or a week, depending on your job.
Vigorous activities and exercises, especially those involving arm movement, may be restricted for two to three weeks.
Will this surgery leave scarring?
Yes. The degree of scarring varies from individual to individual. When I consult a patient, we discuss various incision options and which is optimal for them to achieve the desired result.
What are the cons to having revisional surgery?
The pros almost always outweigh the cons, but a woman must realize
that gravity and aging will continue to alter the size and shape of her breasts and the weight of the implants will also affect this in time.
Is there anything that needs to be done to prepare for the procedure?
You will need to be sure to provide me with all the surgical details of your first breast surgery. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop well in advance of your surgery date. Other things you might need to do will depend upon what you’re having done.
How long will results last?
Results last 10 to 15 years, which is when the implant reaches an age which requires replacement.
Are there risks?
As with any surgery, there are certain risks related to anesthesia, and the possibility of bleeding and infection. However, with an experienced board certified surgeon in an accredited facility, the risks are minimal.
Is there an age limit?
Dr. Gregory LaTrenta Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
with offices in New York, New York and Darien, Connecticut.
NY: 212 369-5300 CT:203 309 5701
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