Breast Implant Revision in Miami, FL
We all go through changes—to our bodies, our tastes, and our opinions—so why should your breast implants stay the same? Breast implant revision is an extremely popular and highly customizable procedure for enhancing and revising a woman’s breast after a prior breast augmentation surgery.
Whether you’re experiencing issues due to a prior surgery, changes to your breast implants, or simply desire to upgrade your look, a breast implant revision at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts allows you to adjust and enhance your breasts for a pleasing result that is uniquely yours.
What Is Breast Implant Revision?
Breast implant revision is a secondary breast surgery to replace implants or revise an initial breast augmentation. While breast implants are long-lasting, they are not designed to last forever. In cases where a woman is experiencing changes with her breast implants, is unhappy with the results of her first breast augmentation, or simply wants to replace her implants for a newer type or size, breast implant revision can help.
Dr. Victoria Karlinsky and her team at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts are proud to serve Miami and the surrounding areas. If you want to remove your old implants and replace them with your choice of size, implant type, and placement, call VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts today at (305) 939-4532 to schedule your consultation.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Implant Revision?
Breast augmentation has some of the highest satisfaction rates of any cosmetic surgery, with many women generally ecstatic with their results. However, changes to the body or implant, a suboptimal result from a prior procedure, and even the desire to adjust implants to match her new aesthetic are all reasons a woman might want breast implant revision.
Breast implant revision allows you to align your breasts and appearance to your current ideals and needs; this procedure will be different for each patient, but some of the benefits include:
- A remedy to issues with the implant: rupture, leak, or capsular contracture
- A change in size, shape, and implant material to better suit your needs
- The removal of implants (explantation)
- Replacing older implants for safety and continued longevity
- Revision of a prior, unsatisfactory surgical result
Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and her team at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts understand how important it is for patients to be comfortable and satisfied with their results. Breast implant revision is a fantastic way to finally get the results you deserve while allowing you to align your breast augmentation with your overall appearance.
What Are My Breast Implant Revision Options?
There are many options for your breast implant revision. Some depend on whether there is a medical issue with your current breast implants and what type of outcome you desire. Your board-certified cosmetic surgeon will assess your current implants, their placement, and how they affect your breast tissue and skin before creating a surgical plan with your goals and safety in mind. Some common reasons for breast implant revision are listed below.
Breast Implant Size
You may be unhappy with the size of your breasts for many reasons: you chose initial implants that were either too small or too large; your body has changed, and your implants no longer look the way they used to; or your opinion of what size is best for you has evolved.
Implant Exchange or Upgrade
Some patients may wish to change the implant material type or shape. As breast implant technology progresses, innovative materials that may be more appealing for your look or lifestyle become more popular. Many patients who received saline implants initially decide later to opt for silicone; others desire a more natural shape with anatomical implants.
Implant Pocket Relocation and Implant Repositioning
Occasionally, the pocket the original implant was placed in was not properly created. This can cause the implant to shift within the breast, resulting in an undesirable or uncomfortable breast implant look and feel. Your surgeon can remove these implants, alter the pocket or change the pocket location, and replace the implants for a better look and feel.
In some cases, the body forms constricting scar tissue around the breast implants, deforming their shape and causing the breasts to feel hard. In these cases, your surgeon will have to perform a capsulectomy to remove the scar tissue.
Breast Implant Rupture
Your breast implants can rupture. Some women can see when this happens, as the ruptured implant will appear deflated or misshapen. If your implant has ruptured, your surgeon will remove the ruptured implant(s) and ensure there are no other issues before replacing the implant.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Implant Revision?
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, you may be a candidate for breast implant revision. Candidates should be generally in good health, are nonsmokers or are willing to quit, and have reasonable expectations for results.
Breast implant revision is a nuanced procedure in that each patient will have a different cause for seeking modification and goals for results. The consultation with your surgeon will be crucial. During your consultation, your surgeon will examine your breasts to determine if you are experiencing any anatomical issues with your implants and create a customized surgical plan incorporating the safest, most effective procedure to help you achieve your goals.
How Is Breast Implant Revision Performed?
The procedure will depend on various factors, including the specific techniques your surgeon utilizes, any complications you are experiencing due to the prior surgery, or if your surgeon combines the procedure with any additional surgeries, such as a capsulectomy or breast lift.
Your surgeon will walk you through the process of your unique procedure plan that will best suit your needs.
How Long Is Breast Implant Revision Recovery?
Breast implant revision recovery is usually much easier than the initial surgery. However, additional care instructions may be provided depending on the surgical techniques used.
As with your initial breast augmentation, getting plenty of rest and avoiding strenuous activity is essential. A light surgical bra will be provided to support you while you are healing. You should be able to return to work within a few days after surgery and can likely resume exercise in about 7 to 10 days.
Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and her team at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts will provide you with a number you can call for any questions or concerns throughout your recovery.
When Will I See My Breast Implant Revision Results?
Depending on the specifics of your surgery, you may be able to see an immediate change. Once the swelling and bruising are reduced a few weeks post-surgery, you will be able to see the full results. Regardless of your goals, you can rest assured that Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and her team at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts will listen to your concerns and help you achieve your desired appearance.
Breast Implant Revision FAQ
How much does breast implant revision cost in Miami?
The cost of breast implant revision in Miami by Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and her team at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts will depend on several factors that are unique to every procedure. This may include the specifics of the techniques used, the amount of revision necessary, and the additional cost of implants, if applicable.
You will receive an accurate cost estimate during your consultation after a surgical plan has been developed and decided upon.
How can I tell if it’s time for a breast implant revision?
Many women maintain and enjoy the same breast implants for decades. However, breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, and it may be necessary to have a breast implant revision after about 10 years. Most patients can tell when there is an issue with their implants: they may be experiencing discomfort, or they can see a visible problem such as rippling, disformation, or uneven placement.
If you are unsure if you need a breast implant revision or are interested in having one due to a lifestyle change, you may want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and her team at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts.
What are the risks associated with breast implant revision?
The goal of breast implant revision is to correct prior issues with breast augmentation or to create a better result. However, there is always some risk with any surgical procedure, including bleeding, infection, or undesirable effects. Your risks and concerns will be addressed during your consultation. Your surgeon will give you an honest description of what you can expect so you can go into the surgery with as much confidence as possible.
Can I combine my breast implant revision with any other procedures?
Depending on the extent of your revision, you may be eligible to combine your breast implant revision with another cosmetic breast surgery, such as a breast lift. Many patients who wish to change the look of their breast implants feel this way because their bodies have evolved due to aging. Also, the skin can lose elasticity after childbirth. Over time, gravity can take a toll on large implants, causing breasts to sag and lose their shape. Many women looking to replace their breast implants with smaller ones desire a breast lift in the same surgery to remove the excess skin and restore their breasts to a perky position.
If you are interested in combining your breast implant revision with another procedure, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and her team at VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts will review and discuss your options with you during your consultation.