Breast implant revision surgery is a way to update your look after your original breast augmentation surgery. There are a number of reasons why a woman may choose to revise her initial augmentation. These reasons may range from simple care and maintenance to more dramatic transformations.
Whatever health and beauty goals you may have in mind, Dr. Daniel Brown and his team are here to help you achieve whatever outcomes you aspire to reach. Dr. Brown is renowned throughout San Diego and across Southern California as a skilled and compassionate plastic surgeon. We invite you to stay informed of the latest news and updates to come from his bustling practice.
- 1 About Breast Augmentation Revision
- 2 Benefits of Revision
- 3 A Variety of Candidates
- 4 Your Personal Consultation in San Diego, California
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Possible Procedures
- 7 How Much Does Breast Implant Revision Cost in San Diego?
- 8 FAQ
- 9 References
About Breast Augmentation Revision
Dr. Brown puts the patient in the driver’s seat when it comes to their own aesthetic enhancement. As an experienced surgeon, he understands that personal transformation is an ongoing journey and that sometimes a breast augmentation may be only another step in a lifetime of growth and change. Breast implant revision can mean many different things to many different women. These differences dictate both Dr. Brown’s approach and his technique.
Breast implant revision is, first and foremost, a necessary piece of the attentive care required for breast implants.
Implants are not lifetime devices. They must be checked for punctures and placement on a regular basis to avoid any complications. And, after about 10 years or more, it is not uncommon for women to have their implants replaced or removed. At this juncture, the patient is once again empowered to decide which route is best for them: Should she aim to maintain the original impact of the first procedure? Should she make this a “makeover opportunity” and go for a different size or shape of implant? Perhaps she may decide to remove the implants altogether and close one chapter of her life while eagerly opening another. Dr. Brown will help you map your multitude of options and bridge this transition with wisdom and grace.
What’s the Average Duration for Breast Implants?
Breast implants do not have an “expiration date” as such, but neither are they built to last a lifetime. As with most matters concerning our health, your breast implants should be inspected at regular intervals to ensure that they are functioning properly. The average lifespan of most implants is between 10 and 20 years. These cycles of time provide an excellent interval to pause, think and reassess the direction of one’s aesthetic journey.
If you are seeking the guidance of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon as you cross this important threshold contact us at Dr. Daniel Brown’s San Diego-based practice. Call (619) 461-1500 to schedule your informative consultation.
Benefits of Revision
Breast implant revision provides an enticing opportunity to refine your aesthetic goals and to make adjustments, if need be. Also, because technology is always improving, you may be interested in upgrading your appearance with breast implants that are bigger, more natural-looking or more in inline with your evolving tastes.
Why Consider Breast Implant Revision?
- Upgrade implant size
- Maintain or restore the look of your original augmentation
- Take advantage of improvements in implant technology
- Repair or replace a previous augmentation surgery
- Adjust implant symmetry
A Variety of Candidates
Every woman’s aesthetic journey is unique to her. Where she has been and where she is going is her personal prerogative. Time is a key ingredient in every candidate’s decision-making. A woman’s needs change over time. Breast augmentation revision is a chance for her to reflect and act on those changes.
Ideal candidates are, of course, women who have undergone breast augmentation before. She may be experiencing complications caused by the original procedure. Or, during her regular check-up, she has learned that her implants are due for a refresh. A qualified candidate for breast implant revisions is healthy enough for a second surgery. She has chosen to undergo surgery based on sound information and a set of realistic expectations for the outcomes of the operation.
How Long After Breast Augmentation Can I Have a Revision?
You needn’t wait years to change the course of your aesthetic journey. And, if you are experiencing surprising side effects or disquieting complications, even one year might be too long to wait to replace or remove your malfunctioning breast implants. In most cases, Dr. Brown prefers to wait at least six months after the first breast augmentation before considering revision. This gives the body the time it needs to completely recover from the first surgery.
Your Personal Consultation in San Diego, California
Dr. Daniel Brown respects your decision and he wants to hear your story. He and his expert staff want to make your confidential consultation an educational experience so that you are empowered to make the decision that’s right for you. During your appointment, Dr. Brown will assess your candidacy for breast implant revision, a process which will likely include a physical examination and a review of your health history. At your intake interview, feel free to ask questions and to speak your truth. Dr. Brown is ready to listen. As your consultation concludes, Dr. Brown will impart his opinions and, if you are prepared, propose a surgical strategy that best supports your stated goals.
Dr. Brown believes that preparation for any surgery should be approached holistically so that the entire body is prepared to make a complete and speedy recovery. You should consider things like your diet and sleep cycle on the countdown to your surgery day. Your body should be properly nourished and adequately energized to support a successful breast implant revision. Please refrain from smoking or drinking for at least two weeks before your surgery. Dr. Brown will instruct you to pause or eliminate any blood-thinning medications, as these can lead to complications.
Dr. Brown’s approach to your particular procedure is defined by the goals of your revision. There are a number of options to consider. Some possible surgical selections are detailed below.
Most patients choose to revise their original augmentation with new breast implants. Tastes evolve quickly, and so does technology. Your breast implant revision surgery is an opportunity to upgrade your appearance.
Breast Implant Removal
Some women may consider breast implant removal to safely excise their existing implants. The patient may be experiencing complications associated with her implants, or, at the time when it makes the most sense to her, she has simply decided to make a change.
Whether you are removing your implants or replacing them, a breast lift is the best way to restore a perky presence to the chest. Dr. Daniel Brown is one of the few plastic surgeons in San Diego to offer the advanced Bellesoma Breast Lift for better results and less scarring.
How Much Does Breast Implant Revision Cost in San Diego?
Breast implant revision is a personalized procedure that is customized to the contours of the patient’s unique life journey. Dr. Brown will adapt his approach and choose his technique based on what he judges will best to support the patient through this transition. At your personal consultation, Dr. Brown and his team will develop your individualized aesthetic strategies using all the most relevant information at hand. When your consultation concludes, he will present you with an accurate cost estimate.
Breast implant revision surgery is a procedure to repair, upgrade or undo a previous breast augmentation. The procedure is often undertaken to refresh and replace aging implants that have or are soon likely to rupture. In rarer instances, the patient may be experiencing unwanted side effects associated with their breast implants and is seeking to have them removed.
As a rule, health insurance does not cover elective, cosmetic surgeries. There are some special exceptions in the case of breast implant revision, however, if the patient’s health has been negatively affected by some unforeseen outcome of their initial breast augmentation. If you are experiencing any complications connected with your breast implants should investigate your insurance options because your provider may cover some of the costs of revision surgery.
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