Breast Revision Overview
When breast implants do not look, feel or function as a woman desires, breast revision surgery can correct many issues. Oklahoma City cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin will consult with you and decide whether to repair, replace or altogether remove previous implants. Faulty implants can rupture, lose volume or shift over time, distorting the shape of the breasts. Also, the breast tissue can become damaged or weakened, which requires repair. Along with breast revision surgery, Drs. Nuveen and Caplin can use Surgimend to reinforce the damaged tissue, which can help the implant maintain its shape and position. In other cases, a woman might decide that she no longer wants implants and will choose to have them removed. Regardless of the situation, the cosmetic surgeons of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates will work closely with the patient to help her accomplish her aesthetic goals.
Breast Revision Reviews
"I can't recommend anyone higher! Dr. Nuveen and his staff are wonderful, and they really care about your experience. He did a Breast Revision for me (originals weren't the look I wanted). 1 week later, no pain, no bruising, and beautiful results. The doctor called after the surgery, and so did the nurse assigned to post op. Overall, it was a great experience!"- R.G. / Vitals / Aug 20, 2015
"Best Doctor/Best Value for your money!!! - I can't recommend anyone higher! Dr. Nuveen and his staff are wonderful, and they really care about your experience. He did a Breast Revision for me (originals weren't the look I wanted). 1 week later, no pain, no bruising, and beautiful results. The doctor called after the surgery, and so did the nurse assigned to post op. Overall, it was a great experience!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 20, 2015
"What can I say...except THANK YOU to Dr. Caplin and staff for helping me get to where I want to be! I wanted to downsize, so Dr. Caplin did a revision of a previous doctor's work (lift with implant) and the results are AMAZING. I also had some other work, but if you can't tell, why would I?!? Dr. Caplin is so extremely adept and skilled at what she does and legitimately cares about her patients - do yourself a favor and get that 2nd or 3rd opinion from Dr. Caplin, you won't be disappointed!"- L.L. / Google / Apr 09, 2019
"Dr. Caplin is the best! After having breast implants for almost 15 years, I made the decision to get them removed. A simple procedure made even easier because Dr. Caplin and the staff made me so comfortable. Then I decided to have laser hair removal with Melissa and I saw results immediately. She explained in detail what steps I needed to take to ensure successful treatments. 5 stars just isn't enough for CSA!"- D.B. / Google / Mar 27, 2018
"Dr. Caplin is one of the most humble, beautiful humans I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing! Not only is she amazing at what she does in her practice, but she genuinely cares. I’ve been seeing her for multiple years now & she never disappoints. The staff they have in office are also pretty great! Highly recommend CSA!!!!"- B.Y. / Yelp / Apr 17, 2020
Reasons for Revision Surgery
Breast revision corrects circumstances in regard to breast implants. The surgery focuses on removal, replacement, or making a switch from saline to silicone-based implants. Listed below are the most common cases where a patient may be a candidate for this treatment.
Breast Implant Removal
Individuals who wish to undergo breast augmentation do so to increase breast size primarily for aesthetics. However, after breast augmentation, some women may be dissatisfied with their results and opt to revert back to their normal breast size. Others may want to remove their implants because of health concerns or other personal reasons. Breast revision surgery is a process where the implant is removed and the skin over the breast is tightened to make sure the breast sits in a natural position and looks normal.
Despite the guarantee that implants are safe and leakages are rare, there are cases when a shell breaks down. If it is filled with saline, the solution will be absorbed by the body, and there will be a noticeable deflation of the breast. In the case of silicone implants, the gel will settle where it is originally placed and the only way to verify it ruptured is with an MRI because the gel doesn’t deflate. This is also the reason why a patient with silicone implants must undergo routine MRI scans.
The tissues surrounding the implant may develop scars over time, which creates a capsular contracture. The scar tissue tightens around the implant, which causes the implant to be displaced. The patient will feel severe hardening of the breast, which can be a discomfort. This is corrected by a capsulectomy in which the scar tissue is surgically removed. Based on statistics, there are more occurrences of contracture with saline implants compared to silicone-based ones.
A noticeable rippling can sometimes be seen underneath or on the side of the breast. This is generally more common among patients who have very low tissue volume and who are thin. Although not really a complication, the unnatural wrinkling may cause discomfort and an unsightly appearance. Rippling is most common with saline implants.
Double Bubble Implants
When an implant moves out of the intended pocket, it may cause the appearance of a double breast where a significant crease is noticeable. Implants not properly placed may drop and extend past the breast’s crease or rise, forming an odd volume on top of the breast. Sometimes implants are displaced by severe capsular contracture or a tightening scar tissue. Patients who experience this will go ahead with a revision surgery as this condition is usually noticeable when wearing tight-fitting clothes.
Breast implants vary in size, texture, shape and base. Some patients may be unhappy with how the breast looks and may consider a revision surgery to improve the appearance according to preference. It may be another size increase or a switch from a rounded implant to a more natural looking teardrop shape. Some patients also later realize that they’d rather have silicone instead of saline. All preferences will be considered to modify the augmented breast.
Breast Revision Surgical Technique
Revision surgery is tailored according to the cosmetic issue the patient is addressing. With this treatment, a major correction is done to the augmented breast in conjunction to scar tissue removal, if applicable, or a breast lift if there is sagging. There are instances when a strattice (a tissue matrix device) will be needed to act as an internal underwire if additional support is required. Ultimately, the correction aims to fix the issue that’s the source of the patient’s dissatisfaction.
Breast Revision During/After Surgery
Breast revision surgery is performed with general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The patient may be sent home after treatment depending on the severity of the case. It is recommended to have someone who can drive the patient home and who can provide support within 48 hours. Patients can resume to their normal routine on the second week. It will take a few more months for the effects of the revision to become noticeable and the breast to develop a natural feel and look.
Breast Revision Expected Cost
A breast revision surgery can cost between $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the surgical case. It will cost more if there is an implant replacement or if there are other additional procedures, such as breast lift or scar tissue removal. In cases where implants are a manufacturer’s defect, warranties may cover a portion or all of the surgical cost.
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