Breast revision surgery is not a standard or routine procedure and needs to be tailored specifically to the patient's goals and desires. It may involve a change in implant size, a breast lift, or may involve removing breast implants altogether. The best time to get your desired breasts is at your first breast surgery procedure. The second best time is at your first revision. With each following revision it is less likely that your ideal result is attainable. Dr Chinsee understands that undergoing a revision to correct a complication can be stressful, emotional, and financially draining. Each patient undergoes a personalised consultation to determine what can and cannot be achieved.
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic (you will be put to sleep) at our day hospital facility. Once you have been admitted, the procedure takes around 1 – 3 hours to complete (depending on the complexity of the case). You will spend another 2 -3 hours waking up in recovery before you are discharged home.
Most patients describe the pain as mild aches which is usually controlled with oral pain medication prescribed by Dr Chinsee.
You will experience swelling and bruising after your procedure, and be required to wear a compression bra. Patients are advised to take 1-2 weeks off work, and can usually resume all normal activities (gym work) by 6 weeks. Major swelling usually subsides by 3 months, and the final result will be noticeable after 6 - 12 months.
Scarring depends on extensibility of work performed. Incisions are discretely placed to minimise scar visibility. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
Dr Chinsee's prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with your procedure. Surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, implant fee, Keller funnel, postoperative surgical bra, contact with a Registered Nurse after your appointment, follow up postoperative appointments for 1 year. The only item not included are the medications which will be prescribed after your procedure (totaling around $40).
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if I need a breast revision?
You may benefit from a breast revision if your breast have developed asymmetry, become saggy, feel painful or hard, or if you are generally unhappy with the size.
Is a breast revision the same as a breast augmentation?
No. It depends on the reason for revision, if you would like to increase the size of your implants, the procedure will be similiar to a breast augmentation. However, if you need to have the pocket adjusted, a breast lift, or scar tissue removed it will be a more complex procedure.
Why would I consider a breast implant removal/replacement?
Implants can be removed or removed and replaced for a number of different reasons: Rupture, capsule contracture, ALCL, dissatisfaction with overall result, or just changes in lifestyle. Dr Chinsee will discuss the various options during your consultation.
What if I want my implants removed completely?
Also known as an explantation. The breast implants can be removed and the redundant skin can be tightened by performing a breast lift at the time of the removal.
I've just had surgery and I don't like my breasts, can I have a revision?
Dr Chinsee recommends waiting at least 3 months before undergoing any revision surgery. However, you are more than welcome to book a consultation before then, and discuss your options.