Patients who are unhappy with their breast appearance after implant surgery or suffer from complications should consult a plastic surgeon for a breast implant revision cosmetic surgery procedure.
A surgeon who is experienced in performing breast augmentation revision surgeries will customize the procedure according to the patient’s unique needs.
During the pre-op consultation process, the surgeon will seek to understand the patient’s goals and assess the condition of existing implants to determine the most effective technique for the revision surgery. The patient should take this opportunity to understand more about the surgeon and decide on the approach that is most suitable to her.
A consultation is a valuable learning opportunity, and patients who come prepared with their questions and concerns can utilize this chance to get a better understanding of the procedure. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides breast implant revision surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations in this fascinating Lone Star State.
Implant Replacement or Removal
The primary decision undertaken during the consultation will be regarding the patient’s choice to have the implant replaced or removed. Replacing or removing a breast implant is a necessity for women who have suffered capsular contracture which leads the implants to lose their form, position or become stiff, damaged, or rippled.
If the patient chooses to have the implant removed and not replaced, she may have to undergo a breast lift as a part of the revision procedure. The surgeon will evaluate the laxity of the breast skin and consider the patient’s cosmetic desires to establish if a breast lift should be a part of the implant revision procedure.
Implant Choice, Incision Preferences, and Anesthesia
Ideally, the surgeon will use the incision lines from the previous surgery to remove the original implants and insert the new ones. This will prevent further scarring at other sites. But if the patient chooses implants that are of a different size, shape, or type, the surgeon might need to make changes to the implant pockets and place new incisions.
The surgeon will discuss the new implant choice (for replacement) with the patient in detail during the consultation and assist them in making the right decision.
Surgeons commonly advise patients to undergo breast implant replacement rather than implant removal as this makes the revision surgery less complex and lessens the risk of bleeding and infection.
The surgeon will perform the revision surgery using IV sedation or general anesthesia, and patients are typically sent home on the day of the surgery itself. The patient’s overall medical condition, the extent of the surgery, and clearance from the anesthesiologist will determine this decision.
Developing Realistic Expectations
A committed surgeon will carefully understand the inherent aesthetic needs and goals of the patient pertaining to her breasts. They may also show her breast revision before and after images to help her develop realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.
The surgeon will provide the patient with precise guidelines on quitting smoking (if she does) for a specific duration before the revision surgery. The surgeon may also ask her to stop specific prescription or over the counter medications and supplements or alter their schedules in consultation with the physician.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas and suburbs in this region of the state for breast implant revision surgery.