A woman may require a breast revision plastic surgery if she seeks to have her implants removed or replaced due to damage or a shift in her personal preferences. Breast revision surgery also has associated risks, similar to any surgical procedure.
Patients should understand that breast revision is typically a more complex procedure than the primary breast augmentation. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides breast implant revision surgery to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
Potential Surgical Complications
At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications of a breast revision surgery to the patient.
On their part, the patient should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-surgical instructions in a diligent manner to minimize these risks. The primary complications associated with this procedure are as follows:
- Adverse response to anesthesia
- Bacterial infection
- Unwanted scarring
- Undesirable cosmetic outcome
Breast Implant Removal Risks
While breast implant removal is usually a simpler cosmetic surgery, it may have to be undertaken along with a breast lift for desirable results. In rare cases, a patient may experience the following complications during or after implant removal surgery:
- Sensation loss or altered sensation in the nipple area
The breasts will likely not appear the same as they did before the breast implant procedure. There may be some breast sagginess and deformity, particularly in case of larger implants. In case a breast lift is undertaken in combination with the breast removal procedure, it can address the unwanted cosmetic results in such cases.
Some patients may find that their natural breasts appear smaller after the implant removal than what they remember. This may occur due to weight loss or hormonal changes that occurred when the patient received their primary breast enhancement surgery. Patients should have realistic expectations from breast removal surgery for desirable results.
Breast Implant Replacement Risks
Breast implant replacement surgery risks are the same as those associated with the original breast enhancement procedure. In rare instances, breast implant replacement surgery may present the following complications:
- Implant rupture
- Shifting of the implant from its original position
- Implant rippling
- Capsular contracture
- Change in sensation of the breast
Women who choose larger sized implants for their breast revision surgery may experience more discomfort as the body takes time to acclimatize itself to the new, more substantial implants. Additionally, the placement of larger implants involves a more complex and invasive surgical process.
The surgeon will have to create new breast pockets to accommodate the larger implants. In addition, they may have to alter the placement position of the implants, leading to a slight increase in the risk of complications.
A patient should realize that any breast revision surgery will involve some degree of risk. For this reason, she should only seek implant replacement if she experiences a complication or wants to alter her breast size. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and nearby areas for breast implant revision.
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