Breast revision is an elective procedure in many cases, but it may be required for the correction of surgical complications. Women with breast implants should recognize that it will likely be necessary for them to undergo breast revision at some point in the future. While most implants last up to 10 years or longer, in the event of implant failure or any other such issue, breast revision is the required corrective course. Breast revision is elective if a woman chooses to undergo revision surgery for cosmetic reasons. Women may voluntarily choose to undergo breast revision at any point if they would like to alter their breast size or results.
Adverse occurrences following breast augmentation can happen shortly after or many years after the original procedure. Examples include:
- Capsular contracture
- Bottoming out
- Double bubble deformity
- Implant rippling
- Implant rupture or implant deflation
Fortunately, these conditions are infrequent and not guaranteed to occur. However, if they do, breast revision surgery can correct them to restore your breasts.
For women with surgical complications after breast augmentation, breast revision surgery is typically the only recourse. This surgery can eliminate complications and greatly improve your results.
Breast revision surgery is not usually covered by insurance, unless it is for implants that were originally placed after mastectomy in breast cancer patients. It is very rare today for any insurance company to cover complications after elective cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. Contact your insurance provider for more information regarding your eligibility for coverage.
Your recovery after breast revision surgery will be reminiscent of your recovery after breast augmentation. However, most patients tell Dr. Spies that these procedures are easier to recover from than the initial operation. You should expect some swelling, bruising, discomfort, and tenderness in the days immediately following your procedure. Plan to rest at home and take several days off work. Dr. Spies will provide you with postoperative instructions and will recommend when it is safe to return to work and resume exercise.
Breast revision surgery is performed to improve aesthetic results and correct surgical complications. Your breasts should appear more symmetrical, balanced, natural, shapely, and beautiful than they appeared before your revision surgery. Realistic expectations are a necessary component and can help you feel ultimately satisfied with your beautiful results after breast revision.