There are many reasons that a woman might pursue revision breast surgery. Some women choose to have surgery because they are suffering complications from a previous cosmetic breast procedure. Others do so because they are unhappy with the size of the original breast implants they chose and would like to replace them with larger or smaller implants. Whatever the reason, Dr. Mussat can help. She has extensive experience performing both primary and secondary (revision) cosmetic breast surgery and can address the various concerns that some women experience following breast lift, implant or breast reduction surgery.
Why Pursue Revision Breast Surgery
Specifically, women might pursue revision breast surgery to address the following concerns:
- Breast asymmetry
- A potentially painful condition called capsular contracture (a hardening of the scar tissue around the implant pocket), making the breast feel hard
- Symmastia, a condition in which the breasts appear joined together in the middle
- Implant displacement, including “bottoming out,” a condition describing an implant that has slipped down, out of the implant pocket, thereby creating the look of having a vertical “double bubble”
- Health complications, such as bleeding or infection
- Poor scarring
- Visible rippling underneath the skin’s surface
- Temporary or permanent changes in nipple sensation
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Dissatisfaction due to implant size
- An implant leak, or rupture
- The desire to remove implants completely
While many of these complications can be avoided thanks to the high caliber of surgical skill and attention to aesthetic detail that Dr. Mussat has, a few of these risks may occur regardless of the surgeon’s efforts. In fact, breast implant manufacturers warn that breast implants are not intended to serve as lifetime devices and might need to be replaced about every 10 years.
The Revision Breast Surgical Procedure
Revision breast surgery is similar to the primary procedure. It is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, under general anesthesia. Depending on the primary surgical approach, the patient’s aesthetic concern and her anatomical needs, Chicago Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mussat is often able to use the original incision sites for the revision procedure.
For instance, to perform revision breast implant surgery, Dr. Mussat makes an incision around the original location, when medically appropriate for the patient. She removes the original implants, either replacing them with new implants or dispensing of them altogether. The Chicago breast implant surgeon re-closes the implant pocket, as necessary, using internal sutures, before closing the incisions with external sutures. Dr. Mussat then dresses the breasts with soft, fluffy bandages and a surgical bra over the top. The surgical bra minimizes swelling and provides additional support to the tissues during the healing process.
As with the primary procedure, some of the aesthetic effects of revision breast surgery are noticeable immediately following the operation while the fully actualized outcome becomes apparent after a few months. This is how long it takes for new implants to settle into a natural position, swelling to subside and the body to heal completely.
You Can Have the Breasts You Desire
No matter what your reason for pursuing revision breast surgery is, Dr. Mussat is ready to help. She has the experience and expertise to help you achieve the breasts of your dreams, even if this is not your first attempt. To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Mussat and be one step closer to achieving your ideal bust line, contact her office by calling (312) 751-9000 now.