Breast revision is a secondary plastic surgery procedure that helps women who are unhappy with their breast implants, and restores breast aesthetics and comfort by removing and replacing silicone or saline implants.
Dr. Gallas is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs breast revision surgery in Katy, TX, and West Houston.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Revision?
Breast revision is performed after a woman has had breast augmentation surgery and has experienced physical or emotional complications with her implants. Ideal candidates for breast revision are in good overall health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their final results.
Breast revision restores breast aesthetics for women who:
- Are displeased with the appearance of their augmented breasts
- Wish to upsize or downsize their implants
- Experience implant complications like capsular contracture, implant rupture, double bubble deformity, or implant displacement
- Experience suspected implant-related health concerns like breast implant illness or breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gallas to see if you may be a candidate for breast revision, call our Katy office at (281) 646-1114.
How Is Breast Revision Performed?
Breast revision is a surgical procedure that usually takes between two and four hours to perform. General anesthesia is administered during this procedure to ensure that there is no discomfort during the operation.
Breast revision begins with the removal of the damaged or unwanted implant(s). The incision is often made across the inframammary fold (the crease where the bottom of the breast meets the chest), and the implant(s) will be removed. If the primary breast augmentation incisions were made along this fold, the same incision would be utilized to reduce post-operative scarring.
Breast revision is tailored to the specific needs of the patient. Therefore, every woman’s breast revision will be performed differently.
How Is Implant Removal and Replacement Performed?
During breast implant removal and replacement, a healthy implant is inserted into the breast pocket following the removal of the unwanted implant. This implant can be a replica of the previous implant (as is often the case with implant complications on a single side), or it can be one of a different size, filling material, or profile.
The new implant may be placed in the existing breast pocket or alternatively, a different implant position is selected. The existing breast pocket will be prior to insertion of the new implant.
The incisions are closed, and the breasts are wrapped with a bandage providing gentle compression.
How Is Permanent Removal Performed?
Breast revision with the permanent removal of the implants is performed when women decide that they no longer want their implants, either for aesthetic reasons or health concerns. Following the removal of the implants, the breast pockets are cleaned and tightened, and the incisions are closed.
How Is Implant Removal and Breast Lift Performed?
Some women who choose to remove their implants without replacement experience premature breast sagging (ptosis) from the sudden reduction of weight and size. Breast lift surgery can be performed alongside breast revision to restore youthfulness. This procedure removes excess breast skin and tightens weakened glandular tissue, which raises the breasts. Nipples can be relocated during this technique, if necessary.
What Will My Breast Revision Recovery Be Like?
Breast revision is an outpatient procedure, and patients can return home shortly after the anesthesia wears off.
Your breasts will be covered with a compression bandage that will be worn around the clock initially to reduce swelling, promote circulation, and ensure that the breasts heal with the proper placement and shape.
Much like the recovery for their breast augmentation, patients will experience bruising, swelling, and some discomfort. These side effects are lessened with a prescription or over-the-counter pain medication and rest.
Most women return to work after a few days but should avoid any strenuous exercise, lifting or excessive upper body movement for four to six weeks. Dr. Gallas will advise you about when you can resume all activities, including showering, working, and exercising.
Breast revision complications are rare but can include bleeding, infection, prolonged wound healing, or adverse reactions to the anesthesia.
When Will I See My Breast Revision Results?
The results of your breast revision will be apparent immediately after the procedure, but the bruising and swelling may cause your results to change slightly over the following weeks and months. In certain cases, the breast shape improves significantly with passage of time.
Your breast revision will provide long-lasting results as long as there are no additional complications or significant fluctuations in body weight. Due to the natural aging process, your breast tissue will eventually age and break down, and your breasts may eventually experience sagging.
How Much Does Breast Revision Cost?
The final cost of your breast revision will vary depending on the specifics of your procedure. Total cost takes into account anesthesia, facility and surgeon’s fees. If implants exchanged, there will also be the added cost of the new implants.
Are You Interested in Breast Revision in Katy, TX?
If you are looking for more information about breast revision near Richmond, Houston, Sugar Land, or other areas around Katy, Texas, contact Dr. Gallas to set up a consultation by calling (281) 646-1114 or by filling out our online contact form.
Should I Combine Procedures?
Breast revision is usually performed alone or alongside another breast enhancement procedure, such as a breast lift. Patients who are looking for body contouring to go with their revision may find liposuction or tummy tuck surgery to be beneficial.