What is Breast Implant Revision?
A breast implant revision is a procedure to remove and replace the breast implants. This can be done for a number of reasons, both medical and cosmetic. Patients might change their mind about the size, shape, or material of their implants and choose to have them replaced. In the case of a rupture, leakage, or other complication, an implant revision procedure would be required. The procedure is similar to a regular breast augmentation once the old implant has been removed.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Implant Revision?
Candidates for breast implant revision are those who are unhappy with their current implants and would like them replaced. This can be done for a number of reasons. Your surgeon might recommend an implant replacement if your implants are over ten years old to reduce the risk of a rupture occurring. Implants should be revised and replaced at the first sign of a leak or rupture to restore their strength. you can also choose to have a revision if you change your mind about your implant shape, size, or material. Candidates must wait until they have fully healed from their previous procedure to consider a revision.
What Happens During the Breast Revision Procedure?
During a breast implant revision, your old implants will be removed using your existing incision line. If capsular contracture is present, scar tissue will be removed and corrected. Your new implant will then be placed into the breast pocket and sutured like your original breast augmentation procedure.
What Will my Recovery be Like?
Your recovery after breast implant revision will be similar to your initial breast augmentation recovery. You can plan for at least a week off work to rest at home and should have someone to care for you for the first few days. After a week, you can begin to return to your regular daily activities as you feel comfortable. After several weeks, you can begin exercising but should avoid more strenuous activity for at least six weeks.