Your Recovery Guide For Breast Revision and Reconstruction
Although breast implants are extensively studied and approved by the FDA, they do require some maintenance as they age. This means patients may experience issues such as implant rupture or asymmetry in the future. Not only that, but natural aging, childbirth, nursing, or weight loss can also affect how the breast implants look and feel. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, skilled plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev offer breast revision surgery so patients can have a natural and desirable outcome. Learn more about this procedure by scheduling a consultation at our office in Huntington, NY.
Why do I need breast implant revision?
If a prior breast surgery procedure has left you with unsatisfactory results, Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev can help. During your consultation in our office, we will perform an evaluation to decide the best course of action for revision surgery. Factors such as weight loss or pregnancy can affect the original breast augmentation, as well as medical complications that have changed the shape of the tissue. No matter the reason, we take great care in evaluating each patient’s needs to make sure that we provide a gorgeous outcome. The following are a list of common reasons why patients request revision surgery:
Implant rupture: Although breast implants are quite durable, they are not meant to last forever. When a saline implant ruptures, patients will notice right away since the implant will flatten and deflate quickly. Ruptures from a silicone implant can only be detected through an MRI, which is why it is important to get them checked regularly.
Capsular contracture: Most breast augmentations result in some internal scarring, which is normal and natural. In some situations, the scar tissue around the implant becomes too thick and hard, causing discomfort and change in the breast shape. In this situation, a secondary breast surgery procedure is performed to clear away the tissue.
Asymmetry: Uneven breasts may be the result of pregnancy or nursing after receiving breast implants. Others may have chosen the wrong breast implant size. At your consultation with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev, we will determine the cause of asymmetry before determining a plan moving forward.
Breast size: During the initial breast augmentation, some patients choose an implant that is too large or too small. If this is the case, the staff at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery will help you choose an ideal size before the revision procedure. Keep in mind that it is important for patients to have realistic expectations for the results in Huntington, NY.
What happens during breast revision?
During a primary breast augmentation, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev places the silicone or saline implants into the breast pocket through careful incisions. A breast revision often makes use of the same incision sites to complete the second surgery. Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery takes a patient-focused approach in all procedures, believing that understanding a patient’s needs and goals helps achieve the outcome they want. Based on the decisions made during the initial consultation, we may need to remove and replace the previous implants, perform a breast lift, or reposition the nipples and areolas. No matter what is required during the breast implant revision, rest assured that our primary goal is to create safe and satisfying results.
What does recovery look like?
Generally, recovery for revision surgery should feel similar to that of your original breast augmentation. It's important to know that every woman’s body is unique, which means there is no exact timeline for recovery. However, most patients start to see their results once the swelling and bruising begins to disappear, after about 6 – 8 weeks. Your plastic surgeon will be able to assess your personal health and give you an estimated recovery timeline before the procedure. We may suggest prescription pain medication to make the process more comfortable.
The staff at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery will offer complete recovery instructions once the breast surgery procedure has been performed. It's vital to follow any care instructions closely so that the treated areas heal properly and there are no medical complications. This includes avoiding lifting heavy objects for several weeks since this may increase swelling and damage the healing tissue. Patients are encouraged to ease back into their normal daily routine. Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will also help you schedule follow-up appointments so we can monitor your progress.
Schedule breast revision surgery
Now that you know what to expect during breast revision surgery, you can go into the procedure with complete confidence. Plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev are highly skilled in breast revision surgery and can help you restore a youthful contour once again. If you have any concerns or questions about revision surgery, reach out to a friendly team member at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery. We encourage you to contact our office in Huntington, NY to schedule your appointment and learn more about the services we offer.