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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics

Breast Revision

Women undergo breast augmentation to enhance confidence in the shape, size, and overall appearance of their breasts. While many patients with breast implants experience no problems, some women do, requiring corrective surgery. Breast revision restores comfort and improves the appearance of breasts after surgery-related complications, genetic defects, or a desire for a change in previously augmented breasts. This procedure allows women to regain their self-esteem and physical well-being by repairing breast concerns that may have occurred recently or that have been present all of their lives.

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

Breast Revision Candidates

During your consultation, Dr. Patronella will examine your breasts to determine whether or not you are a candidate for breast revision. Breast revision may benefit you if you experience or identify with one of the following:

Implant rupture

Capsular contracture

Implant displacement

Noticeable breast asymmetry

Congenital deformities of the breasts

Undeveloped breasts

The desire to change implant size

Candidates should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results.

Procedure

Dr. Patronella performs corrective breast procedures to reshape breasts that have an unusual appearance due to previous breast surgeries or congenital defects. Breast revision is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between one and two hours and may consist of a single technique or a combination of methods depending on the concern. Some common reasons for breast revision include:

Bottoming Out

Bottoming out is a form of implant displacement where the implant falls below the inframammary crease. This condition may occur when a heavy implant is surrounded by weak breast tissue. During this procedure, the implant is repositioned, and the breast fold is tightened.

Congenital Defects

Some women’s breasts fail to develop normally due to congenital issues such as tubular breasts. Breast revision and corrective surgery can restore or provide a natural look to underdeveloped breasts and other breast deformities.

Breast Asymmetry

Some asymmetry is common after breast augmentation, as it is challenging to ensure complete symmetry. Fortunately for most, this asymmetry is not noticeable to the naked eye; however, some women develop more obvious differences between the size and placement of the two breasts. Breast revision for asymmetry involves repositioning the implant and tightening the tissues so that the breasts sit more symmetrically. Occasionally, an implant will need to be exchanged for one of a different size.

Capsular Contracture

After an implant is placed, a capsule of scar tissue forms around it. Occasionally, this scar tissue will tighten, causing the implant to shift and harden in the breast pocket. This squeezing leads to physical pain and an unnatural breast appearance. The implant and the surrounding scar tissue must be removed and the capsule repaired before a new implant can be added.

Lifestyle Changes

Preferences change, and some women may decide they want to alter the size or profile of their implants to achieve a different look. Breast revision allows women to exchange their current implants for alternative sizes, shapes, filling materials, or textures. The old implant will be removed, the breast pocket will be expanded or tightened as needed, and the new implant will be added.


Recovery & Results

Recovery

After your revision, you will be wrapped in a compression garment that will facilitate healing and ensure that your breasts heal in the correct position. Stitches are typically removed after one week, and bruising and swelling usually diminishes soon after. Even though strenuous activity should be avoided for at least six weeks, most individuals return to their daily activities within seven to 10 days. Most women experience a similar recovery period to their initial breast augmentation, but it may last longer.

Results

Breast revision offers long-lasting and confidence-enhancing results. Whether you are undergoing breast revision to repair an unexpected complication or are choosing to improve a congenital issue, breast revision allows women the opportunity to embrace the enhanced appearance and comfort of their breasts.

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