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How To Prepare for a Breast Implant Revision

If your original breast implants are uncomfortable or no longer help you achieve your desired silhouette, you may be a good candidate for a breast implant revision.

There are many reasons you might choose to have breast implant revision surgery after a breast augmentation procedure.

You may have concerns about the appearance of your breasts after the original breast augmentation procedure and desire a change in placement or implant size. You may have experienced an implant rupture or capsular contracture after your original breast implants were placed, causing them to be painful or distorted. Perhaps weight loss, weight gain, breastfeeding, scar tissue, or aging have changed the look of your breast implants.

If your original breast implants are uncomfortable or no longer help you achieve your desired silhouette, you may be a good candidate for a breast implant revision.

The ideal candidates for breast augmentation revision are those who:

  • Are dissatisfied with the size, shape, placement, feel, or appearance of their original breast implants
  • Have breast implants that are over ten years old
  • Are generally healthy and maintaining a consistent weight

To ensure a successful procedure and achieve your desired aesthetic, it’s important to work with a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is experienced in revision techniques.

Preparing for a breast implant revision

A breast implant revision surgery is typically more complicated than the original breast augmentation procedure. The original implants must be removed, and changes to breast tissue—including the development of scar tissue from the original procedure—must be taken into account.

One thing to consider prior to a breast implant revision is whether you would like different implants to be placed. For example, if you had silicone implants inserted during your original procedure, you could choose to have saline implants placed during your revision procedure. You could also choose to change the size or placement of your breast implants during your revision procedure.

Whatever your preferences may be, the best way to achieve your desired silhouette is to be honest and straightforward with your plastic surgeon about your goals. It is also important to prepare the body for the procedure to minimize surgical complications and ensure that you achieve your ideal surgical outcome.

Are there dietary restrictions?

In advance of your surgical procedure, you’ll want to maintain a healthy diet rich in colorful fruits, vegetables, protein, and fiber. These foods promote the healing process, reduce constipation, and strengthen blood flow to the incision site.

Conversely, poor diets consisting of sugary foods, processed meals, and salty snacks may slow the healing process, enhance post-procedural pain, and increase your risk of developing post-surgical infections.

Because a breast implant revision involves general anesthesia, your diet will be fully restricted on the day of surgery. You should not eat or drink anything until after the procedure is complete to prevent nausea or vomiting during the procedure.

Are there medications to avoid?

Some medications, like anti-inflammatory drugs or blood thinners, increase your risk of bleeding after a surgical procedure. Your plastic surgeon will work with you to develop a plan to stop taking these medications in the weeks leading up to your surgery.

Herbal supplements, such as kava, ginseng, and ginkgo, can also promote bleeding after surgery. Inform your plastic surgeon about any supplements you may be taking prior to surgery and, if needed, discontinue herbal supplements at least 2-3 weeks prior to your breast implant revision procedure.

Adjusting your lifestyle for recovery

In many cases, a breast implant revision procedure is an elective surgical procedure. However, it is still surgery and does require significant recovery time to ensure proper healing. You may feel sore or tired after the procedure, and you will not be allowed to drive while taking pain medications or experiencing the effects of anesthesia.

Prior to your procedure, make plans for a close friend or family member to accompany you and stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery. If you are unable to find a companion to accompany you, you may elect to recover in a luxury New York City hotel room with supervision.

You should plan to take a few days off from work while you begin your initial recovery process. Try to spend this time resting—avoid strenuous activities like rigorous housework or cooking projects. You may also want to avoid driving because a seatbelt can press on your incision site.

Although you may start to feel better after a few days, limit your activity for several weeks after the procedure to ensure proper healing. Do not lift anything over ten pounds for at least six weeks, and wait 4-6 weeks before resuming upper body exercises like weight lifting or yoga. Light lower-body exercises like walking or spinning can be resumed within 1-2 weeks.

Timelines to keep in mind

A breast augmentation revision procedure typically takes around two hours to complete, including preparation and recovery time. However, if you combine your breast implant revision procedure with another plastic surgery procedure, like an areola reduction or a breast lift, you may have a longer procedure and recovery time.

After your procedure, you may notice slight scarring or swelling. Your plastic surgeon may apply dressings to minimize any swelling, and if necessary, they may also place a surgical drain to help prevent fluid from accumulating. Scarring should fade over time, but it may take up to a year to see the final results.

Achieve your ideal aesthetic with a breast implant revision

Suboptimal breast augmentation results should not keep you from looking and feeling your best. To ensure that you get the results you are looking for with a breast implant revision, be sure to discuss your goals for surgery thoroughly with your plastic surgeon. It also helps to review before and after photos of their other clients prior to surgery to set realistic expectations.

Careful preparation and choosing a qualified plastic surgeon are essential when crafting your ideal silhouette with plastic surgery. To request a consultation with Dr. Maman, contact us.

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