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1. What is a breast revision?
Breast revision is a surgical procedure, which is needed for a woman who is having issues with her present breast implants. This can be due to breast implant scar contraction, hardening, deflation or rupture of the breast implant, breast change from pregnancy, a desire to change the implants from a normal-saline breast implant to a silicone breast implant or vice versa. The objective is to improve the breast better than it was before.
2. What procedure will be required for breast revision?
It depends on the problem. If it is capsular contraction, or scarring around the breast implant, the scar tissue needs to be removed and the implant replaced. If the implants are deflated or ruptured, then the breast implants need to be replaced. If the breast tissue becomes loose from pregnancy, a breast lift or larger implants may be required. These are some of the more common scenarios.
3. Can I just remove the implants?
You can always remove the implants. However, your breasts may look deflated and aesthetically unacceptable to you. A breast lift may rebuild the breasts to a very nice shape and volume, but only if there is enough breast tissue.
4. If I have a problem after breast implant surgery, do I have to have a breast revision?
Dr. Delgado explains that if breast augmentation surgery is performed a revision will be required in nearly 100% of patients over a lifetime. Many patients live with breast issues and have breast revisions when they can afford the surgery or when the issue becomes too uncomfortable or aesthetically unpleasing.
The exception is a rupture of a silicone implant and deflation of a saline breast implant. The silicone breast implant releases silicone slowly. Even though the present day silicone breast implants have “conforming gel”, which is more like the consistency of firm jello, it should be removed as soon as possible to prevent the spread outside the breast capsule and into the breast tissue.
5. If the breast implant fails, is there any manufacture warranty?
Yes. Dr. Delgado uses Mentor breast implants. The company offers a ten-year warranty plus, for $100, an extended warranty, which covers the implants and a few thousand dollars towards surgery. Allergan also produces a great breast implant product with a wide variety of sizes and shapes as well as Mentor.
6. Should I go back to the same surgeon who placed the initial breast implant?
Possibly. The surgeons experience required for revision breast surgery is critically important. Usually, a revision is more complicated and requires more skill than the initial surgery. If your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, this is a good start. If your surgeon is confident in the correction required and you are comfortable and confident in his skills, then “go for it”. Dr. Delgado has done hundreds of both primary and revision breast surgeries. Approximately 30% of breast surgeries he has performed are revisional surgeries. He is very confident in his artistic eye and surgical skills.
7. Is a second revision breast surgery ever needed?
Unfortunately, very possible. Over a woman’s lifetime, it is hard to predict the issues she will have with her breast implants. If the breast implants are placed in her early 20’s, the average age of a women life span is nearly 80 years old. If you do the math, you can see it is very possible.
8. What is the cost of breast revision surgery?
It depends on what surgical technique is required.
For breast contraction, or scarring, removal of the scar tissue and replacement with new breast implants will cost approximately $6000-$7000. If a breast lift is also required, it may cost as much as $8000-$9000. If removal only, then approximately $2500.
If the breast implant is ruptured or deflated within the warranty period, the implants are free and $1200-$2500 are given towards the revision surgery. Your out-of-pocket expense will be reduced significantly.
9. Is breast revision surgery painful?
Breast revision surgery is usually more complicated than the initial surgery. Therefore, it may be more uncomfortable, especially if scar tissue is removed or breast lift is required.
10. When can I return to work and exercise?
Depending on the type of work, a patient can return to work at the end of the second week. One can drive in about one week or after the pain meds have been reduced. Exercise can be resumed in approximately five to six weeks.
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