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Secondary Cosmetic Breast Surgery (Implant Exchange/Revision)
If you have had a problem with a previous breast augmentation, developed droopiness in your breasts after previous breast augmentation, or wish to change the size of your implants, a secondary cosmetic breast surgery procedure may be necessary to restore your breasts to a normal-looking appearance that is also healthy and safe.
This surgery is usually done when a patient is unhappy with the size of her implants, has had implants for many years, or has experienced a complication, such as capsular contracture (resulting in hard breasts), implant rupture/leakage, a shift in the placement of the implants due to complication or injury, wrinkling of an implant, a “uniboob” condition, or infection. Dr. Beale is well-versed in correcting all of these issues and has provided numerous patients with a successful breast augmentation revision, including implant exchange and mastopexy (breast lift) when necessary.
If you are experiencing a complication, Dr. Beale must first examine you and determine the cause. Then, he can recommend the best course of action for correcting the issue and safely restoring your breasts to a normal, pleasing appearance.
The Secondary Cosmetic Breast Surgery Procedure
This surgery is performed using general anesthesia and is usually done as an outpatient procedure, which means that most patients can go home within a few hours, provided someone is available to take them home.
In most cases, the implants must be replaced. This gives you the opportunity to alter the type of implant and sometimes the size as well. Size changes are not always medically advisable, but Dr. Beale will discuss this with you after your examination. Visit our breast augmentation page for information about types of implants.
The incisions that were made for your first breast augmentation can often be used again so that there are no new scars, but this is not always possible, depending upon the complication you have experienced. Dr. Beale will advise you of his surgical plan prior to your procedure.
Recovery from a Secondary Cosmetic Breast Surgery Procedure
Recovery from a breast implant revision is usually similar to what you experienced after your breast augmentation. If you had an infection after your first surgery, antibiotics will be necessary.
Expect some swelling, bruising, tightness, and pain. You will wear a surgical bra for a few weeks, and you will be provided with pain medication to keep you comfortable during recovery. We will give you thorough written instructions, but you should be able to go back to work within a week or two. Sports and exercise can be resumed in three to four weeks.
You will see Dr. Beale for follow-up examinations to make sure you are healing well and that you are happy with your results.
Call us for an appointment to discuss how a secondary cosmetic breast surgery procedure can restore your breasts to normal.