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Even a successful breast augmentation can be affected by the ravages of time, as the skin and breast tissue can sag and there may also be changes to the implant itself, all of which contribute to a less than desirable appearance.
The possibility of further surgery, in the form of revision breast augmentation, at some point should have been thoroughly explained at the time of the initial augmentation.
Revision breast augmentation: Am I suitable?
Revision breast augmentation is suitable for patients who have previously had a breast augmentation but have seen the following changes; the implant can migrate so it is higher or lower in relation to the nipple or the breast tissue, or the implant or its capsule can change shape or consistency.
Preoperative consultations are crucial in ensuring that the patient has realistic expectations about what can be achieved with revision breast augmentation.
Revision breast augmentation: What do I have to do to prepare?
Your surgeon will give you instructions to help you prepare for breast augmentation surgery and these may include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
Revision breast augmentation: What’s the treatment like?
The treatment varies and might require a number of different procedures to ensure the best aesthetic outcome. The pocket that contains the implant might need to be moved above or below the muscle or vice versa and the original pocket closed. In severe cases it might be necessary to recreate the inframammary fold with skin taken from the abdominal wall.
If the inframammary ligaments have relaxed, causing the implant to migrate downwards, then both the implant pocket must be manipulated to raise the implant and the fold into the correct position. Any excess skin from the stretching must be removed.
Capsular contracture is a difficult condition to treat and revision surgery is very challenging.
Revision breast augmentation: Are there any risks or side effects?
Patients should take into consideration that all revision breast augmentation surgery differs from the original augmentation in that it will take longer to perform, require longer recovery, carry a slightly greater risk of complications and usually leave more extensive scarring.
As this is a very challenging procedure, it is essential to do your research to find the best surgeon – some surgeons are known as breast specialists as they only perform breast surgery procedures.
Revision breast augmentation: What will it cost me?
Costs from £4,000 to £5,000.