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Daniel Y. Maman, MD FACS

Breast Implant Revision

Breast implants are a long-term solution for those who wish to correct small, asymmetrical, or sagging breasts with plastic surgery in New York. Over time, it is common for a woman’s breasts to change in shape or size as part of the natural aging process and with childbirth. Changes in the breast tissue that lies around the implants can impact their placement, appearance, and feel.

Because patients experience gradual breast changes with age, breast implant revision is a fairly standard and commonly performed procedure. However, it is essential to rely on a surgeon with extensive experience dealing with the various and unique types of breast implant revisions. Each person experiences different types of changes and therefore requires a unique treatment plan.

What is Breast Implant Revision?

Breast implants tend to keep their original shape and size for more than ten years. Many patients choose to have breast implant revision surgery in anticipation of inevitable changes to shape and size due to age.

Some patients experience changes well before ten years, such as childbirth or drastic weight gain/loss. Those who want to maintain or achieve a certain look can receive a breast implant revision to continue looking and feeling their best.

In most cases, Dr. Maman will recommend complete implant replacement. Patients can choose between silicone or saline options—this will be discussed as part of your consultation process. This method may be substituted or combined with fat transfer, depending on the specific needs and goals of the patient.

The Procedure

Dr. Maman will discuss your goals, questions, and procedure in great detail during your consultation and preoperative appointments. He will conduct a physical examination during your initial visit and will address your medical and surgical history to have a comprehensive understanding of your case. Dr. Maman will discuss with you your treatment plan, thoroughly exploring all your options, and help you identify realistic and reasonable goals for your experience with plastic surgery in New York.

After administering general anesthesia, Dr. Maman will make incisions specific to the type of revision needed. Incisions are concealed in discrete areas of the body along natural lines and curves. Most likely, incisions are strategically placed under the breast and/or around the areola. This strategy gives access to the old implant and breast tissues, allowing Dr. Maman to make any necessary corrections without additional scarring.

Results and Recovery

Results are immediate, but your body will need time to heal and fully adapt to the new implants and for swelling to subside. This process is generally less extreme than an original breast augmentation surgery. For most patients, it can take several months for the new implants to settle and to feel natural.

Dr. Maman will work with you to ensure a successful recovery period with follow-up appointments as needed. You will be provided with all postoperative care instructions to promote healing and to have an optimal experience with plastic surgery in New York. To minimize pain and swelling, you will receive gauze and compression around the chest. Recommended medication will help manage pain and prevent infection.

The healing process for breast implant revision is very similar to that of the original breast implant procedure. Most patients can resume normal activity within a couple of weeks, although breasts will be tender for several, and it may take up to six weeks for a full recovery. Scarring will naturally occur, but will likely diminish as time goes on, especially if they are in the same location as the initial surgery. Any scars will be managed following Dr. Maman’s post-procedure protocol.

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