Gain Confidence with Breast Revision
Breast revision surgery is a complex cosmetic procedure to address issues with a prior breast surgery such as implant displacement, capsular contracture, breast asymmetry, breast ptosis, unappealing scars or the desire to be bigger or smaller.
Breast revision surgery requires an experienced plastic surgeon who can accurately assess the issues, understand your goals, and formulate a plan to address your goals. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Whitney Florin has performed many breast revision surgeries and will work to understand your goals and be realistic with you as to what you can achieve together.
There are many reasons why a person would need revision surgery to correct from other breast procedures, some for medical reasons and others for aesthetic ones.
Your goals for your breast augmentation surgery results and overall appearance may change throughout your life. Some women want a fuller look from breast revision surgery, whereas other women are ready to downsize their implants. Similarly, some women find that their implants look too wide for their body. Others desire closer cleavage and increased fullness. Sometimes the size of the implants chosen during breast augmentation led to breast asymmetry or did not fully correct any existing breast asymmetry.
Breast revision can address any and all of these concerns, giving you the look you wanted all along, or helping you achieve the body contour that looks best for your next stage of life.
Implants may stretch out the skin over time, settling too low (“bottoming out”) or too far to the sides of the chest. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as your skin quality, the size of your implants, and the surgical technique used.
As the implants settle too low or too far to the sides, you may notice that your cleavage is not as close as you would like or your breasts do not appear as full as you expected from a breast augmentation procedure. You may also have trouble achieving the cleavage you are looking for even with the support of a bra or bathing suit.
During breast revision, Dr. Florin can replace the saline or silicone implants that have been mispositioned with ones that will settle in the right place, given your skin condition and anatomy.
Breast ptosis results in the drooping of breast tissue below the fullness of the implant. This can occur in situations where a breast lift would have been beneficial at the time the original breast augmentation surgery was performed.
For other women, changes in weight, pregnancies, and breastfeeding after your breast augmentation can lead to changes in the relationship between your breast tissue and your implants. Ptosis can even occur in women who have already had a breast lift, as the breast tissue may continue to change and settle over time, leading to an overall look that is lower than you were looking for.
A breast revision treatment may include a breast lift as well as replacing the silicone gel or saline breast implants with a more appropriately sized breast implant.
Some women that have had previous breast lifts or breast reductions are left with wide, thickened, obvious, or unappealing scars. Other women are left with areolas that are too high or too low, too large, or have obvious scars. Sometimes areolas are obviously not symmetric in size, shape, or position on the breast. In many instances these scars and asymmetries can be improved with a revision surgery.
Capsular contracture is when an excessively thick capsule (or scar tissue) forms around your breast implants. This can occur early after breast implant surgery or some time after. As this scar tissue forms, your breast can become hard and painful. Your breast may even start to look different, with the implant sitting higher on your chest or looking too obvious and round. Capsular contracture can happen with both silicone and saline implants.
Saline implants can deflate or leak over time, which leads to obvious breast asymmetry. Breast revision surgery is necessary to remove the ruptured implant and replace it with a new one if desired.
If a silicone breast implant ruptures over time, it may not lead to any noticeable change in the size or shape of the breast but it may be picked up on an MRI.
During your multiple patient appointments with Dr. Florin, you will discuss the different options for your breast revision. In some situations we can address the saline or silicone implant and pocket without modifying your natural breast tissue. In other situations, additional procedures may be beneficial to your breast revision treatment plan. These can include:
- Breast lift
- Breast implants (whether silicone or saline)
- Fat grafting
In addition, during your consultation Dr. Florin will complete a detailed consultation that includes a thorough medical history and a physical examination. This ensures that your health is optimized for your surgery and that we are creating a plan that is customized for you, your body, and your goals.
Anyone in Newport Beach, CA who has had a previous cosmetic breast procedure, such as breast augmentation surgery, and is unhappy with the results may be eligible for breast revision. Dr. Florin encourages patients to be at a healthy, stable weight and be a non-smoker.
To ensure your comfort and safety, I perform most breast surgeries under general anesthesia. Your surgery can range from 3 to 5 hours depending on the complexity of the case and our surgical plan. I am precise and detail-oriented during your surgery and I focus 100% on you. Your incisions will be closed carefully in order to create the best possible scar. Dr. Florin will use a gentle and careful approach in the operating room she strongly believes leads to an easier recovery and better results.
For most breast revision surgeries, you should expect a relatively short recovery and minimal pain. Most patients take five to seven days off work and the same time away from driving. You will need someone with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery but after that, you should not require help around the house.
Most patients start to feel back to normal at around a week after the procedure. You can start light cardio (such as walking or using a stationary bike) at around two weeks, with more strenuous activity (such as running and weight lifting) at around 6 weeks. You are able to shower the day after surgery and can typically be submerged in water at around six to eight weeks.
Dr. Florin will provide a clear medication schedule that can mitigate any discomfort after surgery. Most patients feel a tightness and pressure of their chest immediately after surgery and this tightness may be quite strong for a few days to a week after surgery.
It is also common to have stinging, aching, or sharp/shooting pains in your breasts for a few days. Depending on the techniques and procedures that were used, you may experience decreased sensation of your nipples and breasts which is usually temporary.
If you’re unhappy with another surgery’s outcome, you’re probably eager to get to your final “final” results. Depending on the type of procedure performed during breast revision Newport Beach, your final results could be visible immediately or take a few months as your body heals and adapts.
Implants typically take about 3 months to “settle” into their final position. This is sometimes referred to as “dropping and fluffing”. As they settle, they will look softer, rounder, and your cleavage will improve.
To reduce the appearance of previous scars or scars caused by new incisions during breast revision, Dr. Florin will guide you on how to take care of your scars/incisions so you can have the ideal outcome. Usually this will start with scar cream or scar tape around six weeks after your surgery, continuing for at least 1 year after the revision.
Dr. Florin will continue to monitor your progress during regular follow-up appointments for a year after the procedure to ensure that you are healing properly and in love with your results.
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Can breast implants be reduced in size?
Breast implants can be replaced with implants of a smaller size during surgery. Silicone implants themselves come in static sizes and cannot be reduced. For saline implants, the size can be reduced by removing saline but that typically results in a subtle change in size. Most patients who are looking to be smaller will need new implants to achieve their goals.
Can breast implants last a lifetime?
Implants are not designed to be lifetime devices. It is recommended to replace your breast implants every 10-15 years or sooner if you are experiencing any symptoms or concerns.
Can breast implants be removed and not replaced?
Yes, breast implant removal is common for women who change their minds about implants. Sometimes implant removal is paired with a breast lift if the breast tissue is low. Another option is to remove implants and graft fat to the breasts (that has been liposuctioned from another area). This is a great option to improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without needing breast implants.
Can capsular contracture get worse?
If capsular contracture is treated early, it can sometimes improve without surgery. If capsular contracture continues to get worse or is significantly painful, it is best to replace your implants and remove the capsule of scar tissue around the implant.
Can breast implants change shape over time?
The implants themselves cant change shape, but your breasts can. Over time, implants can sag the same as natural breast tissue.
Can capsular contracture go away by itself?
No - in cases of significant capsular contracture, your implants will need to be removed along with the capsule of scar tissue around it.
Can breast implants last 30 years?
It is recommended to replace your breast implants every 10-15 years or sooner if you are experiencing any symptoms or concerns.
Can I have my breast implants removed?
Yes, breast implants can be removed. This procedure may be paired with a breast lift to improve the shape of your breasts and/or can be paired with fat grafting to the breasts to improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without breast implants.
Can you feel a ruptured breast implant?
If you have a ruptured saline implant, the implant will visibly deflate or get smaller. However, if you have a ruptured silicone implant, it will usually maintain its size and shape and it will not be obvious to you that it is ruptured. This is known as a “silent rupture.” That’s why it is recommended to monitor your silicone implants with an MRI or ultrasound 5-6 years after your surgery and every 2-3 years after that to check for rupture. You do not need to monitor saline implants for rupture.
How long do breast lifts last?
A breast lift can last for the long term. It cant stop the process of aging and any changes that occur with weight fluctuations or pregnancy.
How long does it take to recover from breast revision surgery?
Full recovery from breast revision surgery takes about 3 weeks but this may vary for each patient.
Does insurance cover breast revision?
Insurance might cover your breast revision if you are receiving the procedure to repair capsular contraction or ruptured implants.
Even the best and most qualified plastic surgeons can’t account for every variable and possible complication when it comes to the outcomes of plastic surgery procedures. And although you may be wary of undergoing yet more cosmetic surgery to correct any number of issues that may have arisen, it’s worth it when it restores your self-confidence and self-image.
In your initial consultation, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Whitney Florin will show you what breast revisions have achieved for so many patients who are now totally satisfied with their appearance. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Florin by calling us at (949) 577-8180 or filling out our online contact form for more information.
Dr. Whitney Florin
Dr. Whitney Florin is a third-generation physician specializing in maxillofacial surgery. She is dual board-certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and is lauded for her excellence in transformative mommy makeover results and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. She has published peer-reviewed works on the use of BOTOX® and managing capsular contracture after breast augmentation - she also engages in ongoing research on cosmetic, maxillofacial, and general surgery. As one of the leading breast and body plastic surgeons in the Orange County area, Dr. Florin can provide an exceptional experience at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Lounge.
Dr. Whitney Florin is a highly esteemed surgeon who received her medical degree from Columbia University before practicing during her full-body procedures fellowship. She specializes in the “mommy makeover” helping women feel confident and empowered after doing the miraculous work of bringing a child into the world. She is well-known for her incredible skills as a surgeon and leader, as well as for her honest and warm attitude toward patients. Dr. Florin services the Newport Beach, CA, area but is sought out by patients all over the world. Dr. Florin welcomes patients who wish to fly in for their procedure, and the team at Gallery of Cosmetic Procedure & Aesthetic Lounge is happy to help you find the best accommodation for your recovery. Interested in seeing how Dr. Whitney Florin can make you feel like the best version of you yet? Schedule a virtual consultation today.
Dr. Whitney Florin is a top body and breast surgeon in the Newport Beach and Orange County area with experience. A maxillofacial surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, she is particularly known for her incredible, natural-looking results. Dr. Whitney Florin is a bilingual cosmetic surgeon, speaking both English and Spanish. After years of studying under some of the cosmetic surgery worlds’ top minds, she has helped thousands of men and women love the way they look in the mirror. Dr. Whitney Florin specializes in Mommy Makeovers, Breast and Body Augmentation, Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, and Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty. She is a true artist that will help you love what you see in the mirror.
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