Breast Revision

Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center Restores Patient’s Confidence With Breast Revision Surgery

Breast revision surgery also referred to as breast implant revision surgery is done when corrections or changes need to be made to existing breasts. There are many reasons women may consider breast revision surgery – both cosmetic and medical. Breast implant revision surgery typically involves removing or replacing saline or silicone implants.

Our Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Frank Rieger, is known as Tampa’s best breast implant revision surgeon. He has helped hundreds of women correct issues with their existing breast implants and restore their confidence. Contact Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center today to schedule your consultation to discuss your breast revision surgery options.

Why Breast Revision Surgery?

Breast implant revision surgery

Breast implant revision surgery is the procedure used to remove or replace existing saline or silicone breast implants. Patients may choose to have breast implant revision surgery to increase or decrease the size of their implants, change the type of implant used, or to correct a complication that resulted from prior breast surgery.

Reasons a patient may consider breast implant revision surgery:

  • Bottoming out – bottoming out is a condition that occurs when the positioning of a breast implant shifts and drops low on the chest, causing the breast implants to appear too low and the nipples to appear too high on the breast.
  • Capsular contracture – capsular contracture occurs when the fibrous tissue capsule scarring that forms around a breast implant after surgery tightens and squeezes the implant, causing the implants to move into an unwanted position.
  • Implant upsizing or downsizing – once the swelling has subsided and recovery is complete, a few breast implant patients begin to have regrets about the size of the implant they originally chose. Some patients will choose breast implant revision surgery to increase the size of their implants, while other patients will choose to decrease the size of their implants.
  • Rippling – patients who don’t have enough natural breast tissue to cover the implant or who have too large of an implant may experience visible rippling or wrinkling on the skin around the implant. This occurs more often in women who are very thin.
  • Implant rupture or deflation – over time breast implants can rupture or leak, resulting in deflated, sagging breasts. In this case, breast revision surgery may involve removing the ruptured or deflated implant and replacing it with a new one.
  • Symmastia – this condition occurs when breast implant pockets merge together toward the middle of the chest. A breast implant revision surgery can correct this issue.

Dr. Rieger has more than 30 years of experience helping women correct these issues and more with breast implant revision surgery.

Is breast revision surgery right for you?

Breast revision surgery is a procedure that should be chosen as a personal decision, not to fit the ideals of a certain image or to please someone else.

People considering breast revision surgery should:

  • Be in overall good physical health
  • Maintain a stable weight
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
  • Want to change the look, size, or shape of your existing breast implants, or
  • Are dissatisfied with the results or scarring of prior breast surgery, or
  • Are concerned about the integrity or condition of your implants

If this sounds like you, contact Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center now to schedule your breast revision surgery consultation!

Procedural Steps:

What can you expect during breast revision surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Dr. Rieger will discuss your anesthesia options with you during your consultation. Anesthesia options generally include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. We will help you choose the option that is best for you.

Step 2 – The incision

Because there are different procedures that may be completed during a breast revision surgery, the type of incision used will vary depending on which procedures are performed. Common incisions used for breast revision surgeries include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inframammary incision – an incision that is made in the crease located underneath the breast
  • Breast lift incision – breast lift incisions may be made vertically or as a Wise pattern incision
  • Peri-areolar incision – an incision that is made around the areola

Step 3 – Breast revision

Once the incisions have been made Dr. Rieger will complete any work needing to be done for the breast implant revision surgery. This work may include removing existing implants, adding new breast implants, making corrections to issues resulting from prior breast surgery, and more.

Step 4 – Closing the incisions

Once Dr. Rieger has finished the revisions needing to be made to your breast implants, he will close the incisions using sutures, and skin adhesives or surgical tape to close the skin. The incisions may then be dressed using gauze or bandages. Depending on the procedures performed as part of your breast revision surgery, you may need to wear a support bra. In certain instances, it may also be necessary to place a small tube under the skin to drain away excess blood and fluid.

Step 5 – Recovery care

Because of swelling, the final results of a breast implant revision surgery will not be immediately recognizable. It can take up to six weeks for the initial swelling to subside and for the breasts to have a softer, more natural feeling. It may take between 6 and 12 months for the breasts to feel “normal”. Healing times vary from one person to the next. It is important to follow the recovery care instructions given to you by Dr. Rieger to attain the best results possible from the procedure.

Important Facts About The Safety And Risks Of Breast Revision Surgery

When deciding whether breast implant revision surgery is right for you, you will need to carefully consider the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. Dr. Rieger will discuss whether your goals are realistically achievable. You should consider whether the risks are worth the results you want to achieve.

Dr. Rieger and the staff of Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center will fully explain the potential risks, side-effects, and complications associated with the procedures you choose. You will be required to sign consent and acknowledgment forms stating you fully understand the details of the procedures you have chosen and any associated risks, side-effects, and complications.

The Breast Revision Surgery Recovery Process

Your initial post-surgery recovery period should last between 24 and 48 hours. You will then have an additional recovery period between a few days and a few weeks in which you will be instructed by your plastic surgeon to reduce normal activity. Soreness and swelling after surgery are normal and may persist for a few weeks.

Dr. Rieger will let you know when it is safe to resume exercise and other normal activity. Your incision lines should fade with time but will not completely disappear.

Care instructions are personalized for your needs

It is important to follow the instructions provided by Dr. Rieger carefully. Recovery care instructions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The steps you should take to properly care for your incisions and bandages or surgical dressings
  • Oral medications that need to be taken or medications that need to be applied to the incisions to support healing and reduce the risk of infection
  • Potential risks, complications, and concerns to watch out for
  • When you should follow-up with our office
  • When you will be able to bathe, shower, exercise, and return to other normal activity

The recovery process will continue for several weeks, and possibly months, as swelling continues to decrease. You should follow your recovery and care instructions and attend all scheduled follow-up visits.

When you go home

Certain complications and side-effects are signs of a medical emergency and should be handled as such immediately. You should seek immediate medical attention for complications such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and unusual heartbeats. These side-effects may be a sign of serious complications and may require hospitalization or additional treatment. Follow-up with our office once emergency medical attention has been received.

It is important to remember that the practice of medicine and cosmetic surgery is not an exact science. While the highest level of care is taken to ensure optimal results, we can make no guarantee. In some cases, a single surgical procedure may not be enough to achieve the optimal desired results and additional surgery may be needed.

Breast Implant Revision Surgery Results Are Long-Lasting

Following your breast implant revision surgery, results should be noticeable. However, final results will not be immediately recognizable until swelling has completely subsided. Swelling may continue to decrease over a period of a few weeks to a few months. Recovery periods vary for each individual.

Once you have completely recovered from your breast implant revision surgery, the final results are intended to be long-lasting. You should find it easier and more comfortable to wear certain styles of clothing and swimwear. Like many women who have had breast implant revision surgery, you may also have a boost in your self-confidence.

Additional surgery may be needed in the future

While the results of your breast implant revision surgery are intended to be long-lasting, it is important to know that breast implants are not designed to be permanent and will likely require replacement in the future. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as changes in your age, weight, and hormones may affect the appearance of your breasts over time, and you may wish to correct these changes with additional surgery as well.

How Much Will Breast Revision Surgery Cost?

Cost is always a consideration with any plastic or cosmetic surgery. However, it should not be the only determining factor. Prices for breast revision surgery can vary widely. It is important to understand that pricing for breast revision surgery often varies based on the surgeon’s experience and your geographic location.

Your breast revision surgery costs may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Implant cost
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments, and
  • Medical tests and x-rays

Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center does not accept insurance at this time. Dr. Rieger will discuss the cost of your selected procedures and financing options during your initial consultation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

Your satisfaction is about more than cost

While cost is a determining factor when choosing a plastic surgeon, you also need to remember that your safety, comfort, and overall satisfaction should be the most important determining factors. You should choose a surgeon you feel comfortable with and are confident in delivering the results you desire.

Ready To Meet Dr. Rieger? Contact Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center Today!

If you are interested in breast implant revision surgery contact us to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Rieger. Dr. Rieger is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Tampa, Florida with more than 30-years’ experience. Dr. Rieger will review your areas of concern and help you determine which procedures are right for you. Call us at (813) 254-7600 or contact us online to schedule your confidential consultation. We look forward to meeting you and helping you begin your breast revision process!