Avoiding Breast Revisions: Basics and Causes

Avoiding Breast Revisions

There are certain follow-up appointments that patients generally want to avoid becoming necessary for any cosmetic surgery procedure, and a great example here is known as a breast revision. Possible after any kind of breast procedure, from breast augmentation and breast implants to breast reduction, what exactly is a breast revision – and how can you avoid this need for any breast surgery you’re considering?

At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we offer the very best breast surgery options around Salt Lake City and nearby areas of Utah, with tried-and-tested techniques that get the job done right the first time and avoid any need for breast revision procedures. In this two-part blog series, we’ll discuss what breast revision procedures are, what some of their causes are, and some simple ways to avoid any need for such a procedure during any kind of breast surgery.

What is a Breast Revision?

As the term suggests, a breast revision is one that follows up on an initial breast surgery in some way. In most cases, this means the patient has had prior work done on their breasts – usually a year or more ago – and are now having additional work done to either enhance or correct these results.

Breast revisions can take many forms depending on the specifics of your initial surgery, but they’ll always be performed to either correct or improve upon the initial results. They are not necessarily a “do-over” of the original surgery, but rather minor adjustments that may be needed for whatever reason.

Causes of Breast Revision               

There are several possible reasons why a patient might require breast revision surgery:

  • Unsatisfactory Results: In many cases, patients will opt for breast revision surgery simply because they are unhappy with the results of their initial procedure. This might be due to size, symmetry or other factors that can leave patients feeling unsatisfied.
  • Capsular Contracture: One of the most common complications after breast augmentation is capsular contracture. This occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant, causing it to harden and become misshapen. In some cases, this may require surgical intervention to correct.
  • Implant Deflation or Rupture: Breast implants are not intended to last forever and may need to be replaced after a certain amount of time. If an implant deflates or ruptures, it will need to be removed and replaced with a new one.
  • Changes in the Body: Our bodies change over time, and this can include changes in breast size or shape. Some patients may opt for a breast revision to adjust their results to better fit their current body.
  • Medical Complications: In rare cases, medical complications such as infection or bleeding after surgery may require corrective follow-up procedures.

In part two of our series, however, we’ll go over some simple ways to avoid any of these issues and steer clear of any revision needs – which starts by partnering with a reputable, experienced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Warnock. Contact our offices today to learn more about any of our breast surgery options or to schedule a consultation for any cosmetic surgery procedure!