Breast Augmentation Surgery
Houston Corrective Breast Augmentation
Revision/Corrective Breast Surgery
Revision surgery, or corrective surgery, is sometimes necessary when complications or unsatisfactory outcomes occur after plastic surgery. Corrective breast augmentation surgery can address a number of problems with saline, silicone and cohesive gel breast implants and may usually be performed within 6 to 12 months of your initial breast augmentation.
About Corrective Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation revision surgery is available to patients who wish to increase or decrease their breast implant size or change some other implant characteristic, such as the:
- Implant material (saline, silicone or cohesive gel)
- Implant placement (over, under or partially under the chest muscles)
- Implant projection (low, moderate, moderate plus or high profile)
- Implant surface (smooth or textured)
- Implant shape (round or anatomical)
In addition, patients who have experienced breast augmentation complications or poor cosmetic outcomes may also seek corrective augmentation surgery. Some common complications that can be addressed with surgical revision include:
- Capsular contracture (scar tissue squeezing the implants)
- Double bubble and symmastia deformities (poorly defined breast folds)
- Bottoming out (implants settling too low in the breast pocket)
- Rippling (visible or obviously palpable implants)
- Ruptures (deflation of saline implants and other implant tears or leaks)
During corrective breast augmentation, the same incisions used to originally place your breast implants will likely be reused, however, if patients are switching from saline to silicone or cohesive gel implants, this is not always possible.
Before Corrective Breast Augmentation
Prior to corrective breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Cho will talk with you about your cosmetic goals and evaluate your surgical results. If you determine that a revision procedure will correct the problems you are experiencing or bring you closer to your desired cosmetic result, Dr. Cho will give you more information about how your unique revision surgery will be performed.
As with all plastic surgery procedures, pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided well in advance to help you prepare for surgery. For example, if you use tobacco products or take certain supplements and medications that can thin the blood, Dr. Cho will instruct you to stop them at least 1 to 2 weeks before surgery. If general anesthesia is necessary for your corrective breast augmentation, you will also be instructed to refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your procedure.
After Corrective Breast Augmentation
The duration and nature of the recovery period after corrective breast augmentation is usually about the same as the initial breast augmentation procedure. Most patients will return to work and resume normal activity within 1 to 2 weeks, whereas strenuous physical activity, heavy lifting (more than 10 lbs., i.e. a gallon of milk) and sexual activity will need to be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
It is important to follow all post-operative care instructions and attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Cho after corrective breast augmentation, especially if you had surgery to correct complications which may recur.
Please call us at (281) 404-5454 to set up an appointment with Dr. Cho, or if you would like to find out more about corrective breast augmentation. Integrated Aesthetics is located just north of downtown Houston. Our office address is 5061 FM 2920 Spring, TX 77388.