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Breast Revision in Raleigh

If you’re considering revision surgery for your breast implants, it’s crucial to entrust your care to a skilled and experienced professional. Our skilled breast implant revision surgeons in Raleigh aim to assist you in navigating the process of selecting a surgeon who can address your unique needs and provide the highest quality of care.

Whether you’re seeking breast revision surgery for aesthetic concerns, complications, or simply wish to update your breast implants, the experts at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery are here to help you make an informed decision and achieve the results you desire.

Definition of Breast Implant Revision

Breast implant revision refers to a surgical procedure performed to modify or correct issues related to breast implants that have been previously placed. This procedure may involve removing or replacing the existing implants, adjusting their size or shape, addressing complications such as capsular contracture (scar tissue around the implant), asymmetry, implant malposition, rippling, or implant rupture.

Additionally, breast implant revision surgery can be sought for aesthetic reasons, such as desiring a change in implant size or type. The goal of breast implant revision is to improve the appearance of the breasts, enhance symmetry, and address any functional or medical concerns while ensuring patient safety and satisfaction.

“After bf 3 kids my prior saline implants needed major help. They were beyond saggy and stretch mark central. It hurt my confidence in intimacy and everyday in myself as we all critique ourselves in the mirror. I especially because I have major depressive disorder and anxiety. I needed to feel better about myself. It may seem shallow but looks can cut deep.”

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Ideal Candidates for a Breast Implant Revision

Ideal candidates for breast implant revision surgery include individuals experiencing complications like capsular contracture or implant rupture, those seeking aesthetic improvements in size, shape, or type of implants, and those wanting to correct unsatisfactory surgical results.

Candidates should have realistic expectations, good overall health, and be committed to following pre- and post-operative instructions for optimal results. If you believe it’s time to replace your breast implants, the first step is consulting with a plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgery is essential to determine candidacy and discuss goals and concerns.

Benefits of Breast Implant Revision

A breast implant revision procedure offers several benefits for individuals who have previously undergone breast augmentation.

Correcting Complications

Breast augmentation revision surgery can address complications such as capsular contracture, implant rupture, malposition, rippling, or asymmetry, improving both the appearance and function of the breasts.

Aesthetic Enhancement

Patients can achieve aesthetic improvements by altering the size, shape, or type of implants to better suit their preferences and achieve more proportionate, natural-looking breasts.

Restoring Confidence

By addressing issues or dissatisfaction with their current implants, breast implant revision surgery can help restore self-confidence and body image, enhancing overall well-being.

Lifestyle Adaptation

Lifestyle changes or personal preferences may prompt individuals to seek breast implant revision surgery to better align with their current lifestyle, such as transitioning to a different implant size or type.

Correcting Previous Surgical Results

Individuals unhappy with the results of their initial breast implant surgery due to poor surgical technique or inadequate communication with their previous surgeon can benefit from revision surgery to achieve a more satisfactory outcome.

Long-Term Satisfaction

With proper planning and execution, breast implant revision surgery can provide long-term satisfaction and improve the longevity of the implants, enhancing overall patient satisfaction and quality of life.

Improved Comfort

Addressing complications or dissatisfaction with current implants can lead to improved physical comfort, reducing discomfort or pain associated with issues such as capsular contracture or implant malposition.

Consultation and Assessment for Breast Implant Revision

Consultation and assessment for breast implant revision involves meeting with a plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgery to discuss the patient’s concerns, goals, and medical history.

During the consultation, Dr. Ortiz or Dr. Jones will evaluate the current condition of your breasts, including assessing the implants, surrounding tissue, and any existing complications. Diagnostic tests such as imaging may be performed to aid in assessment. Based on this evaluation, the surgeon will provide recommendations for the revision procedure, discuss potential risks and benefits, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the your needs and goals.

Surgical Techniques Used for Breast Implant Revision Surgery

Breast implant revision surgery encompasses various surgical techniques tailored to address specific concerns and achieve optimal outcomes.

Implant Removal and Replacement

This technique involves removing the existing implants and replacing them with new ones. It may be performed to address complications such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, or dissatisfaction with the size or type of implants. During the procedure, the surgeon may also adjust the implant pocket or perform additional procedures to enhance symmetry and achieve the desired aesthetic outcome.

Capsulectomy or Capsulotomy

Capsular contracture, characterized by the formation of thick scar tissue around the implant, can cause discomfort and distortion of the breast shape. Capsulectomy involves surgically removing the entire capsule, while capsulotomy involves releasing or scoring the capsule to improve breast shape and alleviate symptoms. These techniques are often performed in conjunction with implant removal and replacement.

Pocket Adjustment or Reconstruction

If the implant pocket has stretched or shifted over time, leading to implant malposition or breast asymmetry, pocket adjustment or reconstruction may be necessary. This involves reshaping or recreating the implant pocket to better support the new implants and improve breast symmetry and contour.

Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Breast implant revision surgery may include a mastopexy or breast lift to address ptosis (sagging) and improve breast shape and position. This procedure involves removing excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and repositioning the nipple-areola complex to achieve a more youthful and lifted appearance. Mastopexy can be combined with implant removal and replacement to enhance overall results.

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting involves harvesting fat from one area of the body, typically through liposuction, and injecting it into the breasts to add volume, improve contour irregularities, or camouflage implant edges. This technique can be used as an adjunct to breast implant revision surgery to optimize results and enhance the natural appearance of the breasts.

Scar Revision

Patients with visible or unsightly scars from previous breast augmentation surgery may benefit from scar revision techniques, such as laser therapy, steroid injections, or surgical scar revision. These techniques help minimize scar visibility and improve overall aesthetic outcomes.

Recovery Process Following Breast Implant Revision

Following breast implant revision surgery, patients should expect an initial recovery period of 1-2 weeks, during which they may experience discomfort, swelling, and temporary limitations in arm movement.

Expected Results of Breast Implant Revision

The expected results of breast implant revision surgery include improved breast symmetry, contour, and appearance, addressing complications such as capsular contracture or implant rupture, and achieving the patient’s desired aesthetic outcome. Patients can expect enhanced self-confidence and satisfaction with their breast appearance, leading to an improved overall quality of life.

Common Procedures to Combine with Breast Implant Revision Surgery

Common procedures that are often combined with breast implant revision surgery include:

  • Breast Lift
  • Nipple Reduction
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuckor mini tummy tuck
  • Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)
  • Mommy Makeover
  • Meno Makeover

The Cost of Breast Implant Revision Surgery

The cost for a breast implant revision surgery at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery ranges from $8,925 – $12,600. 

Common Questions About Breast Implant Revision

The duration of breast implant revision surgery can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and any additional techniques performed. On average, breast implant revision surgery typically takes between 1 to 3 hours to complete. However, more complicated cases or those involving multiple procedures such as capsulectomy, mastopexy (breast lift), or pocket reconstruction may take longer.

What kind of anesthesia will be used for breast implant revision?
Our licensed anesthetist administers IV sedation for breast implant revision surgery.

The scarring resulting from breast implant revision surgery depends on factors such as the surgical techniques used and individual healing characteristics. Common incision locations include the inframammary fold, periareolar area, transaxillary region, or transumbilical area.

Each incision site has its advantages in terms of scar visibility, with the inframammary and periareolar incisions generally resulting in well-hidden scars, while the transaxillary and transumbilical approaches minimize visible scarring on the breasts. The extent of scarring is also influenced by factors like skin type and post-operative scar care.

Breast implant revision surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. These include infection, bleeding, capsular contracture, implant rupture, changes in sensation, asymmetry, anesthesia risks, poor cosmetic outcome, and scar formation. Patients should discuss these risks with their surgeon and carefully follow all pre- and post-operative instructions to minimize complications.

Typically, patients can expect to have several post-op appointments within the first few weeks after surgery to monitor healing progress, remove any surgical drains or stitches, and address any concerns or complications that may arise. Additionally, patients may have follow-up appointments at regular intervals over the subsequent months to assess long-term outcomes, monitor implant integrity, and ensure optimal healing.

The cost of your breast implant revision surgery includes all pre-op and post-op appointments, the surgery and surgical materials, as well as any post-op compression garments.

For breast implant revision surgery, a 25% deposit of the total cost is needed upfront to reserve your surgery date. The remaining balance must be settled in full at least two weeks before the scheduled surgery. While cosmetic surgeries are typically not covered by insurance, we provide a cash discount and accept Care Credit, as well as all major credit cards, for payment convenience.

Schedule a Consultation with a Breast Implant Revision Surgeon in Raleigh

If you are dissatisfied with your current breast implants and would like to have them exchanged or removed, we encourage you to contact our Raleigh breast implant surgeons. Dr. Ortiz or Dr. Jones can discuss which form of procedure, methods, or implant size is most appropriate, answer any questions or concerns you may have, and ultimately leave you feeling more youthful and self-confident. 

Schedule your personalized consultation at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery today by calling one of our professionals at 919-532-2270 or by completing the easy-to-use online contact form below.


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