Breast

Breast Revision

Introduction

A second surgery can give you the new beginning you deserve

Women who have concerns about their breast appearance — whether those stem from genes or a prior, poor surgery — should contact Sydney specialist plastic surgeon and breast surgery expert Dr Ellis Choy on 02 8962 9388 for an immediate consultation. Whether you require a complex reconstructive or breast implant revision procedure or a simple breast augmentation, you will find few more qualified or compassionate specialist plastic surgeons in the Sydney area. Don’t delay; secure your consultation with Dr Choy today.

Do I need a revision surgery? And will a second surgery fix my problems or just add new complications?

Breast implant surgery has become commonplace in today’s world, for many reasons. Apart from looking great when situated properly, breast implants are known to help restore positive body-image, increase overall appeal, and assist with full breast restoration after childbirth. However, as with any surgical procedure, there may be complications for some patients. There may also be occasions where the results don’t satisfy their initial hopes. And then there is natural trajectory, as the weight of breasts ultimately leads to sagging. Fortunately, the shape and size of breasts can be altered by breast revision surgery, which often involving breast implant replacement.

Surgical techniques and materials have been greatly refined over the years, resulting in more patient satisfaction and the disappearance of many charlatan practitioners. However, prospective patients should also understand that breast implants, although supportive and strong, will not last forever, and a breast augmentation revision surgery will possibly need to be performed at some later stage.

Should I have my breasts redone? Is it time? Or should I just live with these problems, or wait for them to resolve on their own?

Women may require a breast revision surgery performed for many reasons. Those who have encountered any of the following issues, past or present, should minimally schedule a consultation with Dr Choy to determine if breast revision surgery can improve their concerns. Problems frequently necessitating a breast revision surgery include:

  • Increase or decrease breast size
  • Implants that have ruptured or deflated
  • Malpositioned implants that appear unnatural
  • Issues with scar tissue
  • Breast tissue drooping
  • Rippling or wrinkling
  • Malpositioned nipples

Implants, as a general matter, tend to last between 10 and 15 years before requiring replacement. Additionally, although it’s natural to want to stand out in a crowd, there can be drawbacks associated with larger implants, including the influence of gravity and weight that will, over time, alter the breast size and shape.

Dr Choy’s practice specialises in surgeries designed to improve women’s long-term satisfaction with this vital aspect of their appearance and identity, and it can help women select the ideal procedure and implant to foster their overall well-being and avoid costly and emotionally-draining problems.

Breast revision surgery consultation

How will my surgeon know what I need? This surgery means a lot to me. It’s about more than money. It’s about my body, about how I look and want to be seen.

Patients of Dr Ellis Choy can expect to be treated with a confidential and caring approach. Dr Choy understands the importance of communication, and the consultation is an opportunity to establish your surgical goals. He may also offer additional or alternative treatments in some situations. The importance of a consultation with an expert, like Dr Choy, cannot be understated, as there are many factors that should be considered prior to breast implant replacement surgery, including:

  • Shape and size of your breasts
  • Shape and size you desire
  • Your current breast implant type
  • Skin and breast tissue quality
  • Suitable placement of nipples and areolas

In situations where your breasts are sagging, you may be advised to undergo a breast lift as part of your breast revision surgery. It’s important during consultation to provide Dr Choy with your medical history, including allergies, ongoing medications, previous surgeries, mammogram results and family history. The consultation will assist you in making important decisions:

  • Saline or silicone implants
  • The implant shape and feel: smooth, textured, tear-drop or round
  • Utilising the previous implant scar, or creating an alternative one
  • Implant placement: above or below the muscle or positioned in a neosubpectoral pocket

Once Dr Choy fully understands your circumstances and your desires, he will be able to accurately determine the surgery cost.

Breast Revision Surgery’s Unique Challenges

I’ve heard that revisions surgeries pose a lot of problems and are a big hassle. Am I better off leaving my current problems alone than having another surgery?

Breast revision surgeries do pose many unique challenges that breast augmentation surgeries do not. For example, your specialist plastic surgeon will need to remove the previous implant — a crucial and necessary step not found in a breast augmentation procedure — and will need to address any issues left by the original implant, for example, scar tissue. Also, the previous implant will have stretched breast tissues and possibly caused other anatomical changes which must be dealt with.

All these factors will affect the placement of the new implant and the final appearance of the breast post surgery. As a result, your surgeon will need to have very specific knowledge and training to properly prepare the breast for the new implant to give you the results which you discussed and expect. If your surgeon is well prepared, however, you can have great results. Breast revision surgeries will always give clients the best outcomes when performed by a specialist plastic surgeon, like Dr Choy, who has significant training on and ample experience with all the techniques involved.

Further — to provide his clients maximum safety and transparency — Dr Choy voluntarily participates in the Australian Breast Device Registry (www.abdr.org.au). Since its establishment over three years ago, this national registry collects and maintains all important data and records on breast implant procedures performed nationwide, allowing for on-going medical research that ensures the long-term interests of Dr Choy’s own clients and of women everywhere who may have the surgery.

Breast Revision Surgery’s Risks

Even if I select a top-notch surgeon, are the risks worth the rewards? Surgery itself is risky enough.

While all surgeries have risks, in most cases, they are very small. These risks include infection, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and allergic or other reactions to anaesthesia. Breast surgeries share these risks, in addition to the risk of capsular contracture (internal scarring) as a result of implant placement and the possibility of later implant rupture. Like the risks from surgeries, in general, the risks from breast surgeries are extremely low when performed by a qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon. Breast surgeries, including revision surgeries, remain among the most common plastic surgeries globally, and the overwhelming majority of patients have problem-free surgeries with highly satisfying results.

Preparing for breast revision surgery

Will preparing for a revision surgery be very different from preparing for my original surgery?

Dr Choy will be there for you all the way during consultation, surgery and recovery, but there are several ways you can assist in the operation’s ultimate success. Aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs can increase the potential for bleeding and may need to be halted for a time. If you smoke, stop smoking for around six weeks prior to surgery to promote healing, and also reduce alcohol consumption during this time. It’s also important to remain hydrated before and after the operation; this will aid recovery. Make sure you have a family member or friend available to drive you home after the operation. It’s ideal if they stay with you for a couple of days during recovery.

Breast revision surgery recovery

Will recovery be any more difficult as well?

Due to the nature of the operation, your movements will initially be quite restrictive. Speaker-phones, remote controls, entertainments, magazines and foodstuffs should all be positioned for easy accessibility. Everything should be situated at counter level, avoiding the need to reach too high or low. You will need to sleep on your back in an inclined position for the first stage of recovery until swelling subsides. Soft, comfortable and easily worn clothing and footwear is also highly advisable.

Although breast revision surgery can seem quite daunting, Dr Choy usually performs the operation as an outpatient procedure, and you will return home the same day. Recovery begins immediately, and the few weeks away from regular work and activities will be worth the inconvenience, especially when you attain greater self-confidence and the admiration of family, friends and acquaintances.

Call 02 8962 9388 or book a consultation online!

The Results Woman Can Expect From Breast Revision Surgery

I thought I would have great results the first time. Will a revision surgery really give me the results I’ve wanted all along?

Yes — a breast revision surgery can resolve whatever concerns that have developed from a woman’s original breast implants, whether from natural body changes or implant or surgical problems. Women can expect improved skin tone, less drooping and sagging, significantly improved breast shape, size and feel and better breast projection as discussed during their consultation. Women will have the same incidence of rupture as with new implants, which is very low. Additionally, patients will have few if any additional scars since, wherever possible, Dr Choy will use the original incision locations during surgery. Results from a breast revision procedure can last many years, giving women the confidence and daily pleasure in their appearance they deserve.

Why Patients in the Sydney Area Trust and Return to Dr Choy

OK, I’m ready for a consultation. I live in Sydney. Who should I see first?

Dr Ellis Choy unites impeccable credentials, innate talent and good taste which benefit all patients who visit his cosmetic surgery practice in Sydney. These much-desired characteristics set him apart from his colleagues, and patients select Dr Choy and return to the surgeon’s practices for additional reasons, including his keen attention, sensitivity and empathy which foster a productive patient rapport and satisfying outcomes.

Dr Choy studied at the University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and has earned accreditations from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as well as the Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. These credentials demonstrate Dr Choy’s long-standing desire to master his craft and deliver results which frequently exceed client expectations.

Dr Choy, in both his training and practice, has been recognised for his talents as a surgeon in numerous specialities including general surgery, breast augmentation and revision surgeries, reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body as well as skin oncology, and the surgeon has shown distinction in each of these areas. Dr Choy’s broad surgical knowledge has earned him the wide respect of his peers and ensure that discerning patients throughout the region, especially those seeking revision surgeries, consider him as a finalist for their procedures.

Women in the Sydney area or localities who harbour concerns with the appearance of their breasts should immediately schedule an appointment with Dr Choy, whether they seek an initial or revision surgery. They may call the surgeon’s practice on 02 8962 9388 or book their consultation online if they prefer. However, women should not delay, as appointments book quickly, and the life-changing benefits that a breast surgery performed by Dr Choy can provide them should also not wait.