While getting breast implants is often a wonderful, smooth, and life-changing experience, there are some cases when women may not be fully satisfied with their results or, rarely, they may experience complications following their surgery. When this occurs, breast implant revision can be an effective way to address the patient’s concerns and/or correct an implant malfunction. If you have recently undergone breast augmentation and are less than satisfied with your results, you may be wondering how soon you can consider a breast revision procedure. First and foremost, it is important to remember that your body may still be healing from your original surgery. The best way to determine if and when breast implant revision may be right for you is to be evaluated by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
The exceptional team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery fully understands how important it is for patients to be happy with their self-image and are proud to offer the latest, most innovative techniques and tools for breast implant revision in Jacksonville, FL. Read on to learn more about how implant revision may be able to help you and when it may be appropriate and safe to begin thinking about the procedure.
How can breast revision surgery fix my breast implants?
Although the majority of women who undergo breast augmentation are ecstatic about their gorgeous new figure, there are some situations when patients may feel that they didn’t achieve their ideal results. Additionally, a small number of patients may experience certain complications or implant malfunctions. In either of these scenarios, a breast implant revision can usually be an effective option for addressing and correcting the problem(s). Some of the most common reasons that women pursue breast implant revision include:
- Personal preference: Although most surgeons make every effort to ensure patients are happy with their size, shape, and texture/type selections prior to surgery, there are some cases when women wish they had made different choices once their implants are in place. For these patients, a breast revision can be an opportunity to replace their implants with a larger or smaller implant, or even a different type of implant altogether. The knowledgeable surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery utilize the state-of-the-art Crisalix Virtual Aesthetics technology system to show patients a simulation of what various sizes and types of implants may look like on their body in order to try and get as close as possible to a patient’s ideal result.
- Implant rupture: When a saline implant ruptures, the saline solution inside will leak out of the shell and be absorbed by the body. While this is safe, the patient will experience an immediate deflation of the implant and be left with a dramatic visible asymmetry. Breast implant revision surgery allows the implant to be replaced to restore the woman’s figure. Silicone implants can also rupture and will need to be replaced, but the rupture may not be able to be detected without the use of an MRI.
- Capsular contracture: Another possible complication of breast augmentation is capsular contracture, in which the scar tissue around the implant hardens and begins to compress the implant. This can often be painful and cause visible flaws. Capsular contracture requires implant revision and replacement to be corrected.
There are several other issues that may lead a woman to pursue breast implant revision, many of which can be attributed to surgical error at the time of the original procedure. For this reason, it is even more crucial that patients select a reputable, skilled, and highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to perform their breast augmentation or breast implant revision in Jacksonville, FL.
How soon can I get an implant revision?
It is not uncommon for patients to worry that their breast implants are too large, too high, too hard, or simply not what they expected in the first several weeks or months after surgery. Before pursuing a revision, it is important to allow all of the swelling to resolve and the implants to fully settle into place so that you can better evaluate your final results. This may take up to 12 weeks or longer. If you are still unsatisfied with the look, feel, or position of your implants after 3 – 4 months, it may be time to talk to your doctor.
In most cases, surgeons recommend waiting at least six months after your initial breast augmentation to undergo breast implant revision. This will give you a chance to evaluate your final results and determine if you still desire a revision, and it will also allow your body time to fully heal from your original surgery. During your breast implant revision consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, your surgeon will thoroughly examine your case, discuss your concerns and goals, explain all of your options in detail, and answer your questions at length before recommending a surgical plan and timeline that best fits your needs.
Am I a good candidate for breast implant revision in Jacksonville, FL?
Without a doubt, the best way to find out if breast implant revision is right for you is to be evaluated by an experienced plastic surgeon. Call Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We look forward to helping you finally achieve the beautiful body you’ve always wanted!