Breast Revision

After breast reconstruction, some patients find themselves unsatisfied with the result. This can be due to the nature of the initial mastectomy, early complications such as skin loss, or post-operative treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation. It is sometimes possible to improve the appearance of breast reconstruction with a delayed revision procedure. This can involve removing one type of implant and exchanging for a different type, changing from implant to autologous reconstruction, or adding fat to the area (fat grafting) to fill out hollows and divots. Breast reconstruction revision surgery is extremely complex and requires a great deal of individualized treatment planning. There are many factors that are out of your control when undergoing cancer treatment and breast reconstruction. Discuss your case with your surgeon to determine which option is best for you.

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If you are not satisfied with your breast reconstruction results, breast revision surgery may be able to help you obtain more satisfying results? There are various options available to you in terms of breast alterations including changing your implant size or type, or changing the reconstruction type.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for breast revision surgery?

You may be a candidate for breast revision surgery if you have had breast reconstruction in the past and are not currently satisfied with the results.

What can I expect from the breast revision surgery?

Most breast revision surgery is done as an outpatient. Recovery is typically 1-2 weeks depending on the type of surgery.

Will I need to follow any special post-op instructions after breast revision surgery?

Following surgery, your recovery will depend on the type and severity of the procedure. You will experience some tiredness and soreness for the first week or two. Because you are recovering, you will want to follow all post-op instructions and take special care to avoid strenuous activities for the first 2-4 weeks after surgery.