One of the most common cosmetic reasons for breast implant revision surgery is the patient’s desire to go bigger. When the swelling subsides after breast augmentation surgery, many patients find that they preferred the look of their breasts when they were a bit larger. Other patients may have been overly conservative when choosing their breast implant size. In any case, San Diego surgeon Vincent Marin can perform breast implant revision surgery and place larger sized implants in the chest.
Preparing for Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Before undergoing your second breast augmentation surgery, we want to ensure that you choose the ideal implant size. Dr. Marin will meet with you during a consultation to thoroughly discuss your cosmetic goals and what you do not like about your breasts. To better understand your needs, he will also have you try on breast implant sample sizes. When trying on sample sizes, it is best to do so with a sports bra, as the sports bra more closely illustrates how the implants will look after they are placed. Dr. Marin may also review before and after photos of patients with you, asking you which breast sizes most closely match your desired results. You may also bring in pictures of women whose breasts you like.
Breast Implant Revision Surgery Techniques
To perform your breast implant revision surgery, Dr. Marin may re-use the incision site used during your primary breast augmentation procedure. This avoids the need for additional scarring. If you previously underwent surgery using the inframammary or areolar incisions, Dr. Marin will likely be able to re-use these incision sites.
Once the incisions are made, Dr. Marin will remove the existing implants and create a larger implant pocket to accommodate the larger sized implants. In most cases, breast implants are placed behind the chest muscle to provide more implant coverage and produce a more natural result. Next, he will place the breast implant in the pocket, position it, and close the incisions.
Breast Implant Revision Recovery
Your breast implant revision recovery will be similar to that of your initial breast augmentation procedure. You will need to take about a week off work and avoid strenuous activity for about six weeks.
Immediately after surgery, you will likely experience discomfort, bruising, and swelling. Most of the tenderness and bruising fades in about two weeks. The swelling may take longer to subside, but most swelling is gone after about six weeks. To minimize these side effects, you can:
- Take pain medication as directed
- Rest with your head elevated
- Apply cold compresses or ice packs to the chest
- Take arnica Montana
- Avoid heavy lifting or any activity that raises your blood pressure
Breast Implant Revision Results
The results of your breast implant revision surgery will be noticeable after surgery. However, full results take about six weeks to become visible. During this time, residual swelling will go down, and the implants will settle down to a more natural location on the chest.
Dr. Marin will make every effort to ensure that your breast implant revision surgery results help you achieve your cosmetic goals. From your initial consultation through the recovery process, he is here to answer any questions you may have.
To schedule a breast implant revision consultation, contact Marin Aesthetics today.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.