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After Breast Revision Surgery

The first few hours after surgery will be spent in the recovery room. When you are fully alert, you will be able to go home with the assistance of a friend or family member. For the next week, it is important to sleep with your head and back elevated to reduce swelling in the area. Two days after surgery, you may take off the dressing and take a shower. If drains are placed, a shower should not be taken until 24 hours after the drains are removed. Drains are usually removed after three days. Revisional breast surgery is usually more uncomfortable than primary breast augmentation, especially if the breast capsule is removed or the muscle is manipulated. Pain medications are taken for a few days to make it comfortable. Sometimes patients will opt to have an “On-Q” pain pump placed, as well.

The recovery period is generally seven to ten days. Once the bruising and tenderness are gone, the patient can return to her normal activities. Most patients can drive a car and return to work or social activities after a week. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks following surgery, as it can cause uncomfortable swelling to occur.


The risks and complications of revisional breast surgery are the same as breast augmentation, except if a breast lift is done, more scar management is required. Each year, thousands of women have revisional breast surgery. Having a revisional breast procedure does not guarantee that you will never need another revisional procedure in the future. As with all surgery, the risks of bleeding and infection and the risk of anesthesia, exist. Additional complications specific to breast augmentation include deflation or rupture of the implant. In addition, capsular contraction can still occur and there may be slightly a higher chance of it reoccurring in those patients who have had previous breast capsular contracture.


Revisional breast surgery is a maintenance procedure. This is not a complication, but a natural progression of changes. When revisional breast surgery is performed, the goal is to create more youthful appearing breasts. There is a variety of solutions for each woman’s situation. Dr. Delgado will carefully explain the details involved, as well as the best options for you to reclaim your more youthful breast profile.

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