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Some people who have breast implants decide they would like to change the appearance of their breasts. You may decide you would not like to have implants any more. You may decide you would like to reduce or increase the size of your breast implants. Surgery for breast capsules may include internal release of the breast capsule (breast capsulotomy) or removal of the capsules (capsulectomy).
During the pre-operative consultation you will be able to see breast implants of different sizes and shapes. This will give you the best possible idea of how you may look following your breast implant removal / replacement operation. The surgeon will use the existing scar to remove your old implant. If you have decided to increase the size of your existing breast implant your surgeon may need to perform an internal release of the breast capsule surrounding your breast implant (capsulectomy). This will make more space for the implant and can improve the appearance of the cleavage area. Breast implant removal or replacement usually takes between 1-2 hours to complete. Surgery is normally performed under a general anaesthetic.
Most people will be able to carry out light duties the day after breast implant revision surgery. Strenuous activity, however, should be avoided for at least 4 to 5 weeks. Most people will be able to return to work within 2 weeks although you may need slightly longer if your job involves performing physical duties.
The potential side effects and complications following breast implant revision surgery are similar to those of primary breast augmentation. As with any operation there is a higher risk of complications such as capsular contracture with any corrective surgery.
When should I consider breast implant revision?
Breast implant revision is for those who do not like the appearance of their current implants and would either like to replace it with a smaller or bigger implants, or do not want implants anymore.
It is also for those who are experiencing pain or discomfort
What type of problems can breast implant revision correct?
Some problems that can be corrected with the procedure are improper implant placement, rupture or leakage, capsular contracture, unnatural appearance, etc.
How is breast implant revision performed?
The surgeon will use the existing scar to remove your old implant. If you have decided to increase the size of your existing breast implant your surgeon may need to perform an internal release of the breast capsule surrounding your breast implant (capsulectomy).
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure can take from an hour up to 3 hours depending on the complications you have endured.
What is the recovery period like?
Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 4 to 5 weeks. Most people will be able to return to work within 2 weeks although you may need slightly longer if your job involves performing physical duties.
What are the potential risks/side effects of breast implant revision?
- Excessive bleeding
- Reaction to anaesthetic used
These complications can be avoided with maximum safety optimisation.