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What Risks are Associated With Breast Revision Surgeries?

Posted on: December 1st, 2013
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Breast Revision Before and After

San Francisco, California – A 39-year-old mother of 5 who resides in Sonoma, California who visits the Marin County office in Novato for breast revision surgery. She has had three previous breast revision surgeries. She now presents with bilateral breast capsular contracture with breast malposition. Her surgical treatment was a complete capsulectomy (breast capsule scar removal) from the right side and replacement


San Francisco, California-When choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for breast revision surgery, the risks and complication rates for surgery are very low. However, a patient needs to be aware that there is always a possibility of complications. All surgeries have the same risks in common, which are:

1.    Bleeding, in rare cases if it is enough to require a transfusion, surgery may be terminated. A blood test is usually one prior to surgery to determine what a patient’s propensity is to bleeding. Patients are warned preoperatively to stop all blood thinners for a minimum of 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery.

2.    Anesthesia complications are uncommon when administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will be reviewing your medical history prior to surgery and monitoring all vitals during surgery.

3.    Blood Clots can be a serious risk, due to inactivity after surgery. Most patients are encouraged to be ambulatory shortly after surgery. Some patients are given heparin after surgery to thin the blood to prevent clots.

4.    Infection can present a severe risk, and therefore, patients are given antibiotics before and after surgery. Having a sterile surgical environment for surgery is critical.

Breast revision surgery has the same risks as the original breast augmentation surgery which includes; capsular contracture, rippling, rupture or deflation, and implant displacement.  There are a few risks, in addition to those mentioned, that may be specific to the type of breast revision surgery being done. For example, the breast augmentation patient that has developed a capsular contracture may have the capsule form again even after corrective surgery. It is still unknown exactly why some women get a capsular contracture and others do not. There  is a variety of techniques that plastic surgeons now perform to reduce the likelihood of recurrence.  There is mounting evidence that low, sub-clinical, infection may play a significant roll.

Other possible complications with breast revision surgery can be with the nipple/areola complex having sensitivity and blood supply issues. If the patient does not have good skin elasticity, it is possible the skin may stretch out again which seems to happen more often for women with larger breast implants.

Scarring is to be expected if the revision breast surgery includes a breast lift or mastopexy. However with diligent scar care, the scars usually will fade with time.

Cost for breast revision surgery is of concern to many San Francisco Bay Area women. Since breast augmentation is elective surgery, most insurance companies will not cover any of the costs, however, under some circumstances some coverage may be available and is worth looking into, ask your surgeon to help you with this.. If breast revision is being done due to a rupture or deflation the manufacturers usually supply replacement implants at no cost to the patient. If the replacement is being done in less than 10 years of the original surgery, the manufacturer may compensate the patient for part of the surgical fees. For the woman who is unhappy with her choice of shape or size of her implants, she should talk to her surgeon; some surgeons waive their surgical fee, charging only for the cost of the new implants, anesthesia and the surgical facility, if it is done within a year of the original surgery.

Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices and almost all women who have had breast enhancement surgery will need a breast revision surgery at least once in her life and possibly even more. For women who have issues with their breast implants such as; pain, distortion, deflation or just dissatisfaction with size, it is highly recommended that they seek out the best top plastic cosmetic surgeon that specializes in breast revision surgery who will review all surgical risks. Call Today For a Consultation at (415) 898-4161 or email.