After the primary breast augmentation surgery, it is possible that some point in the future, the implants may get damaged, lose their natural shape, or move from their desired position. This may necessitate the need for a breast revision surgery. At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain all aspects of breast revision, including its estimated recovery process.
The surgeon will also provide post-operative care instructions to help ensure that the patient has an easier and faster recovery. Fantastic and innovative cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides breast revision surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens Alabama, and surrounding locations.
Variations in Recovery
Recovery process in case of breast revision can vary depending on whether a breast implant replacement or breast implant removal surgery has been performed. Breast implant replacement will usually be a simpler surgery as the same incision lines can be used to remove the existing implants and replace them with new implants.
However, if replacement implants are of a larger or smaller size, modifications to the breast pocket will have to be made to accommodate the new implants. This can increase the invasiveness of the procedure and the subsequent recovery phase. In case of implant removal, the procedure is often accompanied by breast lift. This will be more complicated and invasive, involving a longer recovery period.
In each case, the length and ease of recovery will also vary according to the surgical techniques applied by the surgeon, the patient’s age, health and her natural ability to heal.
Immediate Phase after Surgery
Once the breast revision procedure is completed, the surgeon’s staff will shift the patient to a separate recovery area for observation. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, and the patient may need a few hours to recover fully from its effect.
It is a prudent idea for the patient to arrange for someone who can drive her back home after the procedure. Breast revision is a major procedure, and ideally someone should stay with the patient for the first two or three days to assist with daily chores. The breasts will initially be covered in dressings, and a temporary drain may be placed beneath the skin to collect excess blood or fluid. The patient will be required to wear a special support bra for the first few weeks to promote faster healing.
Returning to Normal Activities
Once the sutures and temporary drain tubes are removed after the first seven to 10 days, most patients can return to work, as long as it does not involve heavy lifting of weights or vigorous physical activity and strain. Strenuous exercises should be avoided for at least four to six weeks to allow time for proper healing.
As far as possible, the patient should try to rest in a semi-upright position in the first few days to support better healing. Patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens Alabama, and nearby areas in the magnificent and emerging state of Alabama have an opportunity to receive breast revision surgery from Dr. McLain.
McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.
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