Misshapen breasts can be caused by a bad breast augmentation procedure, other cosmetic operations, implant displacement or leakage, or changes in the breast tissues. Perhaps you are no longer comfortable with the size. Women who experience these issues can feel uncomfortable about their bodies. If you have misshapen breasts, Dr. Bailey can perform breast revision surgery to help you look beautiful and feel more confident. If you’re interested in this operation, contact our team in Newport Beach, California, today.
Breast Revision Candidates
A minority of breast augmentations result in complications requiring surgical correction. Common problems include:
- Distortion or hardening of the implants from capsular contracture. (Contraction of the capsule of scar tissue around the implant causes the implant to feel hard).
- Malposition (the implant moved or was placed in the wrong position).
- Symmastia (the implants touch each other, creating a single breast mound).
- Rupture, leakage, or deflation of the implant. Silicone leakage may cause lumps in the breasts or elsewhere.
- Thinning of the tissues over the implant, with visible bulges, ripples, or skin wrinkling over the implant.
If you have had breast augmentation (with or without a breast lift) and are unhappy with the size or appearance, or if you have problems with your implants, such as hardening, pain, or leakage, you probably need your breast augmentation revised.
Breast Revision Surgery Procedure
Usually, a prior scar around the nipple or under the breast can be re-used for breast revision. Some limited revisions can be performed through an existing axillary (armpit) scar, but often a second incision is needed. Revision breast surgery is often longer and more complex than first-time breast augmentation.
A general anesthetic is usually used, Revision breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure. If the implant has moved too low or towards the side, there may be temporary dimples in the skin from stitches placed to hold the new implant in the correct position. The dimples usually disappear in 4-6 months. If you decide to reduce the size of your new implants, you may need to choose whether to lift your breasts or accept that the breast will sit a little lower on the chest wall.
Some discomfort is common after surgery. If the implant has been moved from above the muscles to beneath, or stitches have been placed to hold the implant in its new position, the pain may be worse, and pain may occur upon moving the arms.
Dr. Bailey usually places On-Q™ or Accufuser™ catheters on each side of the treated area. These are very small tubes, about the size of an I.V. catheter, but longer, that pass a steady flow of local anesthetic into the area of surgery for the first 3-4 days. They significantly reduce the pain and the number of painkillers you need.
Typically, there is not a great deal of bruising or swelling. You should be able to return to work in 7-10 days. However, you must avoid strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks.
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Schedule Breast Revision in Orange County, CA
Breast revision may be necessary if a prior breast augmentation procedure has gone awry. This procedure can be performed by Dr. Bailey here in Newport Beach. Get in touch to learn more by filling out and submitting the schedule form below, or give our office a call by dialing (949) 650-6710.