Choosing to have breast revision surgery is a difficult decision, especially after a previous breast augmentation and having to consider a second surgery. Often, a revision surgery is considered when wanting smaller implants. However, when smaller implants are inserted in place of previous larger implants, there may be excess skin. We explore reasons for a breast revision with smaller implants and what happens to the breast tissue.
Choosing Smaller Implants
There are several reasons to choose to have a breast revision with smaller implants including:
- Regretting going “too big” with the original breast augmentation surgery
- Losing weight in other parts of the body post breast augmentation surgery, and wanting to have a more proportional body
- Putting less emphasis on the appearance of your breasts
- Reducing pain from large implants/breasts
Your Body Adjusting
Once the decision is made that original breast implants are too big, and you have found a surgeon to do your revision, your surgeon will want to understand as many details as possible of the original breast implant surgery, including any reports or doctor notes. This will help formulate a unique and customized breast revision treatment plan. Typically, when having a breast revision and going with smaller implants, the implant pocket will be reduced. A breast lift may also be performed, to eliminate excess skin from formerly larger breasts.
Pros and Cons of Breast Revision Surgery
As with any big decisions, there are pros and cons to having breast revision surgery, especially breast augmentation surgery with smaller implants.
Some of the benefits of breast revision surgery include regaining a more youthful appearance, improving breast-to-body proportions and correcting any issues from an original breast augmentation surgery. It is important to consider that aging, gravity and regular life changes will continuous charge the shape and look of your breast revision. A smaller breast implant may require a breast lift to remove excess skin. Having records from an original breast augmentation surgery will help navigate a breast revision surgery and help alleviate any complications.
Making the Decision
When making the decision to have a breast revision surgery, there are several things to consider that could make the procedure easier.
Looking to change implants due to dissatisfaction with size, an implant rupture, capsular contracture, breast tissue change or significant weight loss or gain is good reason for consideration. As with all surgeries, good general health is important. In addition, is it highly recommended to not smoke, and if a smoker, be committed to quit smoking at least 4 weeks before through 2 weeks after breast revision surgery, as smoking can complicate both the procedure and recovery time.
Recovery requires at least two weeks off from work or school. It is also suggested decisions are made with good psychological health and to have realistic expectations for your breast revision results.
Once decided to have the surgery, ensure to make an appointment with a reputable surgeon, with extensive experience in breast surgeries and revisions. Dr. Comizio is available for consultations and will thoroughly review your options. 973-775-9248.