Implant revision involves the removal and/or replacement of saline of silicone breast implants. While breast implants are meant to be long-lasting, they are not lifelong devices. Sometimes, complications such as ruptures, capsular contraction, or rippling can occur, which requires an implant revision. Other times, women may simply wish to change the size or shape of their breast implants with a revision.
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If you are dealing with complications with your breast implants such as capsular contracture, rupture, or rippling, or wish to change the size of your implants, implant revision is a good choice. Ideal candidates will be in good health, be a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. A consultation with Dr. Cusimano is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you.
The techniques used during your procedure will vary depending on the reason for your implant revision. Dr. Cusimano will commonly use the original incision from your original breast augmentation to limit the number of incisions on the breast. If a new incision must be made, then he will create it in a place that is as inconspicuous as possible. The damaged or old implant will then be removed, and a new implant will be placed. The goal of this procedure is to create natural-looking and beautiful results.
What to Expect After Implant Revision
Following your implant revision procedure, redness and swelling are to be expected, and pain medication can help with any discomfort. Depending on the techniques used, recovery time is usually shorter than the original breast augmentation, and you should be up and walking on the day of surgery. It will take several more days to return to more normal activities. The extent of your discomfort will depend on the size and placement of your new implants. It is important that you follow Dr. Cusimano’s post-op instructions to help ensure a fast and safe recovery.