Implant Exchange or Removal
Women elect breast augmentation revision surgery for various reasons, including a change in personal preference or for medical purposes. Most commonly, the surgical procedure involves either removing or replacing implants from a prior breast augmentation.
Breast implant revision is often more complex than the initial breast augmentation, which is why it’s important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Dan Shell, who has years of training and experience performing breast augmentation revision surgery.
WHO’S THE RIGHT CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION REVISION?
Women choose to undergo breast augmentation revision for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:
- A change in size preference
- Decision to remove implants
- Dissatisfaction with original augmentation
- Complications (such as capsular contracture)
Medical indications such as disease, trauma or surgery may also prompt women to seek out breast augmentation revision. During your consultation with Dr. Shell, he will be able to determine if you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation revision surgery.
There are many factors to consider before committing to revision breast surgery. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about breast augmentation revision in North Mississippi.
What happens during breast augmentation revision?
Prior to surgery, Dr. Shell will work with you to design a personalized surgical plan. Once you have been placed under anesthesia, Dr. Shell will likely use the same incision to approach the existing implants from your original breast augmentation. He will then be able to remove or replace your implants. In cases of complications such as capsular contracture or implant malposition, the procedure will be more complex.
What is the recovery process like?
Since you have already been through breast augmentation, you will probably have a good idea of what the recovery process will be like. Following breast augmentation revision, patients often experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the chest area for several days.
Most patients are capable of resuming work and social activity within one to two weeks. Strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or rigorous exercise may be restricted for several weeks.
What will my breasts look like after implant removal?
Implant removal or replacement with a smaller implant carries the risk of an undesirable cosmetic outcome, especially for women who have had large implants for several years. When breast augmentation is performed, the breast skin stretches to hold the implants, but when implants are removed the skin will not shrink down to its original size, which means you may be left with sagging skin. In this case, Dr. Shell may recommend a breast lift to remove excess skin and tissue.
Are there any risks associated with breast augmentation revision?
As with all surgeries, breast augmentation revision presents a degree of risk. The risks associated with breast augmentation revision will be the same as your original surgery. Some potential risks may include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, blood clots, capsular contracture, a loss of nipple sensitivity, rippling or rupture. Prior to surgery, Dr. Shell will review all potential risks with you in detail.
Why should I choose Dr. Shell for breast augmentation revision?
During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION
Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast augmentation revision. If you are considering breast augmentation revision, he would be happy to sit down with you and explain the process in detail. His practice serves Northern Mississippi. Contact our plastic surgery practice in Oxford, MS by calling 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation today.