Revision Breast Augmentation Houston
Women may choose to have revision breast augmentation for a number of reasons today. Whether you are looking to replace implants that have ruptured or you simply want to alter your body profile to make it appear more youthful, the staff at Houston Center for Plastic Surgery can help. Dr. Rappaport is experienced in a variety of revision breast augmentation techniques, allowing him to customize your procedure to your specific needs and desired results.
Revision breast augmentation offers the following benefits:
- Allows you to change the size or shape of your breasts
- Creates symmetry between the two breasts
- Corrects periprosthetic capsular contracture
- Your breasts have changed due to pregnancy, weight loss or other factors
- Gives you a more youthful breast shape and body contour
Revision Breast Augmentation Houston
Options in Revision Breast Augmentation
Dr. Rappaport may recommend one of the following for your revision breast augmentation:
Implant Exchange – This procedure removes current implants and replaces them with new implants to achieve a different size or shape, or switches the type of implant from saline to silicone or vice versa.
Capsular Contracture Correction – Capsular contracture is the hardening of tissue around the breast pocket and can be corrected by removing the current breast capsule and placing new implants into a different position.
Pocket Exchange – This exchange moves implants from above the pectoral muscle to below the muscle or switches the implant pocket to a more attractive position within the breast.
Breast Lift – If a lift is not performed at the time of the original augmentation surgery, it may be needed later to place the breasts in a more attractive, youthful position.
How is Revision Breast Augmentation Performed?
Revision breast augmentation is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. In most cases, Dr. Rappaport is able to use the same incisions as the original procedure, eliminating additional post-surgical scarring. The duration of the procedure will depend on specifically what will be addressed during surgery, with some procedures lasting under one hour and some taking as many as three hours to complete.
What is the Recovery Like?
Revision breast augmentation is typically done on an outpatient basis, which means you will be able to go home the same day as your procedure. You will be given a prescription for oral pain medication to help manage any post-operative discomfort and special dressings will be place over the breasts to protect them and help with the healing process. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days, although more strenuous activity should be avoided for 2-3 weeks to avoid the possibility of post-operative bleeding.
Dr. Rappaport Answers Questions about Revision Breast Augmentation
Is revision breast augmentation the right choice for me?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, or you are experiencing discomfort, a revision procedure may be the right choice for you. I will work with you to identify the specific reasons you are unhappy with your first procedure so that I can recommend the best procedure to give you the results you desire.
How is revision surgery different from my original procedure?
Revision surgery can be significantly more complex than breast augmentation, which is why it is important to choose a surgeon that is experienced specifically in breast revision procedures. I have performed numerous revision surgeries to help patients correct contractures associated with the original implants or to give a more satisfactory shape and size to their breasts.
Which implants should I consider for my revision surgery?
The type of implant that will work best for you depends on a number of factors. I will discuss the pros and cons of each type of implant with you and recommend the best choices based on the results you desire.
Will my results be permanent?
Revision breast augmentation is considered a long-lasting procedure, even a permanent solution for some patients. However, it is impossible to stop the effects of gravity and aging, which could result in changes to the breasts at some point in the future. If you notice changes occurring, we can discuss additional treatments that might help to reverse those signs and give you a more youthful body contour once again. Surgical revision does not guarantee against the possible development of periprosthetic capsular contracture.
Does insurance cover breast revision surgery?
Although insurance does not typically cover breast augmentation, there are a number of circumstances when a company might offer coverage for revision surgery. This is particularly true in the event of complications like an implant rupture or capsular contracture. Our office would be happy to speak to you about your options and guide you through the process of obtaining presurgical authorization if appropriate.