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. Undergoing a revision to correct a complication can be stressful, emotional, and financially draining, so it is important that patients undergo a personalised consultation to determine what can and cannot be achieved.
Common Reasons for Breast Revision
- Changes in implant size - removal and replacement of implants
- Dissatisfaction of aesthetic result of original procedure
- Complications resulting from original procedure (capsular contracture, rippling, rupture, or implant malposition).
- Changes in body since original procedure
Original Surgery: Breast augmentation, performed in Thailand (2015). Mentor implants: 380cc, round, smooth, high profile, over the muscle placement.
Revision Surgery: Removal and replacement of implants, with pocket change to dual plane placement and full mastopexy, performed by Dr Chinsee (2019). Mentor implants: 400cc, round, textured, high profile, dual plane placement.
Breast Revision Surgery
A breast revision is performed as an inpatient, day procedure, under a general anaesthetic at our private day hospital facility. Depending on the reason for the revision, the procedure will take around one to three hours to complete.
For best results, a breast revision may be combined with other procedures:
Recovery From a Breast Revision
Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients describe the pain as mild aches and pressure rather than 'pain'. This discomfort is well controlled with oral pain medication prescribed after the procedure.
Patients are required to have a dressing change at one week and two weeks postoperatively. Out of Town Patients will be provided with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if they are unable to attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.
The majority of patients should expect to take around one to two weeks off work. Patients with office jobs can usually return to work after one week, however more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym work by six weeks.
Patients will experience swelling and there may be bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable at around the one year mark. A compression bra is required to be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.
Postoperative appointments will be scheduled throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Waiting Room or in person at our Brisbane clinic.
Scarring From a Breast Revision
In order to minimise scarring, if possible, cuts are made along old incisions, however scarring will depend on the extent of the revision. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.
The Cost of a Breast Revision
Not sure where to start? Get a complimentary, obligation-free quote provided by Dr Chinsee.
Prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with a breast augmentation, including: Surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, implant fee, Keller funnel, postoperative garments, emergency contact with a registered nurse, and one year of postoperative appointments.
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, BIA-ALCL, dissatisfaction with overall result, or just changes in lifestyle.
What if I want my implants removed completely?
The breast implants can be removed and the redundant skin can be tightened by performing a breast lift at the time of the removal.
Breast Implant Removal
I've just had surgery and I don't like my breasts, can I have a revision?
It is recommended that you wait at least six months before undergoing any revision surgery to allow the tissue and skin adequate time to heal. However, you are more than welcome to Book a Consultation before then, and discuss your options.