Breast Implant Revision Conveniently located to serve San Ramon and San Francisco
Changes can occur in the breast and breast implants over time. Breasts that were augmented prior to having children or breastfeeding may need to be adjusted or the breast may have drooped off the implants and need to be lifted. Patients may have gained weight or breast tissue over the years and they may not need the implants later in life and the implants can be removed or reduced in size. Breast implant revision surgery can encompass a variety of procedures from removing, replacing or adjusting prior breast implants to correcting capsular contracture or hardening of the breasts after breast augmentation. Additional surgery may be required if the patient decides to enlarge or reduce the implant size or replace leaking implants.
More information about the Breast Implant Revision procedure by Dr. Michelle Place.
What are my options if there are problems with previous surgeries on the breast?
Breast revision surgery may be needed in cases where the implant needs to be changed or removed, or the position of the implant adjusted to correct for scarring or relaxation of the breast. Implants have a rupture rate and may need to be replaced at a future time. Fortunately, the rupture rates for both saline and silicone implants are very low but rupture can occur. Capsular contracture, scarring around the implant, can occur producing a firm and tender implant requiring correction. Surgeries for capsular contracture range from releasing the scar tissue, creating a new pocket for the implant to adding an acellular dermal matrix to the pocket to prevent recurrent scarring.
What can I expect from these surgeries?
Surgery is usually 2 hours and is done as an outpatient procedure in a private fully hospital accredited surgery center. Recovery time is 2-3 weeks and involves no strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 2-3 weeks. Light activity is encouraged after surgery but no strenuous or repetitive activity especially with the arms for the first few weeks. A long acting local anesthetic is used in the area as a nerve block and patients are usually comfortable after surgery, decreasing the need for pain medications. There are usually no drains and patients can shower 48 hours after surgery. You will go home wrapped in an ace wrap and this can be removed in 24 hours. You will be sent home with a surgery bra to wear after the ace wrap is removed. The surgery bra should be worn for 2 weeks day and night and then for the next 2 weeks at night. Regular bras can be worn after two weeks as long as they are not too tight.