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Breast revision surgery is performed when a patient is experiencing complications or is dissatisfied with their results from a previous breast augmentation procedure. This process usually requires the removal or replacement of an existing implant and the placement of a synthetic mesh scaffold to support the breast tissue. Breast revision is commonly done to change implant size, reposition the implant(s), or correct implant rupture or deflation.
A: Your original incision site is typically used to remove your old implants. The breast pocket may be reconstructed or reinforced. Frequently, a synthetic mesh scaffold is used to support thin or weakened breast tissue (studies have shown that this material prevents recurrent capsular contracture). New implants may be inserted and positioned in the breast pocket, and your incisions are closed.
A: Ideal candidates are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and have realistic expectations about their results.
A: Results from breast revision are long lasting. For ideal results, periodically visit your doctor to ensure that no further complications have developed.
A: There is no medical evidence to suggest that any long-term complications, such as breast cancer, are associated with implant ruptures. However, it is best to fix a rupture as soon as it is identified.
A: If a medical complication develops at any point after your primary breast augmentation, see a board-certified plastic surgeon immediately to rectify it. However, if you feel you are unsatisfied with the results of your primary breast augmentation, wait until your breast swelling has completely resolved and give the implants a chance to settle into place before considering breast revision surgery. This process will vary from patient to patient, but the final results of breast augmentation are typically apparent after six months.