Breast revision surgery is performed to replace, remove, or correct an existing implant. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, and while the majority of women are pleased with their results, some will make the decision to have their implants removed, replaced, or revised.
Indications for revision surgery may include: implant rupture, implant displacement, implant rippling, capsule contraction, “double bubble”, or a desire to change breast size. Some women are concerned about Breast Implant Associated Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). BIA-ALCL is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system) that can occur in the scar tissue and fluid near the implant. It is not breast cancer. It has been closely linked with use of textured implants. Although Health Canada and the FDA does not currently recommend prophylactic removal of textured breast implants in asymptomatic women, some women choose to have an enbloc resection for peace of mind. Dr Demianczuk can perform this procedure following a discussion of its risks and benefits.
The Surgical Experience
Breast revision surgery is performed under general anaesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The ease of recovery will depend on exactly what was being done during the revision process. Most women are able to resume their normal work activities after one week of rest. Exercise will be a gradual process. It may take up to a full year for the scars to begin to fade and for the newly revised breast or chest area to look and feel natural.
The cost for a breast revision procedure will vary greatly, but on average, the range is between $5,000-$10,000. The final cost will depend on numerous factors including:
- If the breast implants are being removed or replaced
- If breast replacement is occurring with a silicone or saline breast implant
- If any additional surgical technique will be needed (i.e. a capsulectomy or a breast lift)
- If the implants were covered by a manufacturer warranty
- If the procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, or local anaesthesia
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If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts, contact Dr. Demianczuk to find out how breast augmentation procedure can help you meet your goals.