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What is breast revision surgery?

Breast revision surgery, also called a breast augmentation revision, is a secondary procedure performed after an initial breast augmentation. This procedure replaces breast implants, corrects complications, and adjusts the appearance of the breasts to match your evolving aesthetic goals and your vision for your figure.

All women who have had breast augmentation will need revision surgery at some point. New, modern implants are long-lasting and durable, but no implants last a lifetime. Breast revision surgery can be performed to replace older implants, change breast size, correct a complication, or return to your natural breast size.

Benefits of breast augmentation revision

Breast revision surgery has many benefits.

  • Improves the appearance of the breasts
  • Restores the breasts to a more youthful position
  • Alleviates discomfort from breast implant complications
  • Boosts confidence in breast appearance
  • Realigns the breasts with your current priorities, aesthetics, and desires
  • Explore the benefits you will receive from this surgery at a consultation with Dr. Courtney

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Dr. Courtney El-Zokm’s happy clients explain that his ability to listen carefully and treat their specific requests with compassion and flexibility helps create optimal outcomes for them. He knows well that each woman has a unique vision of ideal beauty. Using Vectra XT 3D Imaging, Dr. Courtney can show you various potential changes to your own body in 3D. This system provides you with a more transparent and realistic view of the flattering figure that Dr. Courtney can create. Dr. Courtney is one of the few breast surgeons offering this important, pre-surgery step.

Why undergo breast revision in Houston?

Breast augmentation has high patient satisfaction ratings. Women love how their breasts look and feel after the procedure. Breast implants are long-lasting, but they do occasionally need replacement. The top reasons women undergo breast revision surgery include:

  • Changes in lifestyle: The breasts you wanted at 25 may be different than what you want at age 40. Revision surgery realigns the breasts with your current priorities.
  • Change implant size: Some women wish they had gone bigger or smaller in their initial breast augmentation.
  • Capsular contracture: A condition where the scar capsule around the implant hardens, causing changes in the feel and sometimes appearance of the breast.
  • Leak or rupture: In some rare cases, a breast implant ruptures and must be replaced. Implants are guaranteed for a specific amount of time. Should a rupture occur, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the manufacturer.
  • Change implant type: Many women who chose saline implants for their implants later decide to switch to silicone for a softer, more natural feel.
  • Breast changes after pregnancy or weight loss:  Revision surgery can restore a youthful breast appearance and alleviate sagging after pregnancy or weight loss.
  • Cosmetic concerns: These concerns include asymmetry, implant shifting, bottoming out, and poor implant placement.
  • Return to natural size: After enjoying implants for years, some women decide that they want to restore their natural breast size.

If you are unhappy with your breasts after breast augmentation or are experiencing complications, we invite you to meet with Dr. Courtney in a private consultation.

What does the surgery entail?

Dr. Courtney performs breast revision surgery at the Surgicentre at ACPS, a state-of-the-art operating facility that is among the most advanced in the Houston area. The equipment, furnishings, and lighting are designed specifically for plastic surgery. Breast revision surgery is typically under general anesthesia. Since it is an outpatient procedure, most patients return home on the day of surgery.

The specifics of each operation are customized, depending on your needs. Dr. Courtney will create an individualized plan before your procedure. He can provide detailed information about what to expect.

Incisions in breast revision surgery

In a typical breast revision, an incision is created to access the breast implants. The old implants are removed, and new implants are placed into the breast pocket. If needed, a capsulotomy, or the removal of the breast implant capsule, may be performed. Dr. Courtney also performs en bloc breast implant removals, in which he will remove the implant and capsule as a whole.

Why choose Dr. Courtney for breast revision in Houston?

Dr. Courtney is known for his beautiful results, attention to detail, and his warm, compassionate bedside manner. He is known for his impeccable surgical skills and techniques and is a leading breast revision surgeon practicing in the Houston region. He was nationally-recognized as an outstanding surgeon for his research by The American Society of Plastic Surgery and was mentored by some of the most prominent and esteemed plastic surgeons at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Dr. Courtney’s relaxed and approachable personality has been noted as being one of the most pleasant aspects of treatment under his care. His refined, elegant results are truly extraordinary. He is committed to ensuring you feel sexy and confident with the results of your surgery.

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Additional aesthetic procedures

During your procedure, other surgical procedures may be performed. May patients choose to include a breast lift, correct the size or position of the nipple or areola, and change the size or position of the breast implant pocket. In some rare cases, the implants are removed and replaced in a later surgery.

After Dr. Courtney has achieved the desired results, he will close the incisions and wrap the area in compression bandaging. You will then spend a short time in recovery before returning home.

Recovery after breast revision surgery

Breast revision surgery requires some downtime. Here’s what to expect:

  • A sensation of tightness and tenderness, along with bruising and swelling are common. These side effects usually resolve within a few weeks of surgery.
  • Pain medications and antibiotics may be prescribed. Take all prescriptions as directed, including the full course of antibiotics. Most patients miss about one week of work.
  • You can resume taking gentle walks shortly after surgery. Wait six weeks to continue heavy lifting and strenuous activity.
  • All patients receive contact information for Dr. Courtney so they can reach him 24/7 with questions or concerns.
  • We’ll meet with you several times during the recovery to monitor healing and ensure all is proceeding as it should.
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Maintaining your results after breast revision surgery

Breast revision surgery creates long-lasting results. The care of your beautiful, new breasts will be similar to your first experience. Regular breast checks by your doctor and imaging as needed will help to keep your breasts healthy. Revision surgery could be performed again in the future should any complications occur or if you choose to change the size of your implants.

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FAQ:

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Am I a good candidate for breast revision?

If you have breast implants and you want to make a change to your breasts, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation revision. We are delighted to spend all the time you need to answer your questions about the procedure and what will be required in your case, with no pressure, in a friendly, supportive environment.

Do I have to revise both breasts at the same time?

Breast revision surgery is often performed on both breasts to achieve the most symmetry. There are some cases where one breast is operated on alone. Dr. Courtney can tell you if you will need surgery on one or both breasts during your consultation.

My breast implants are getting older. Do I need to replace them?

If your implants are doing well and are enhancing your figure in the way that you love, there is no reason to replace them. Breast implant manufacturers recommend implants be changed every ten years.

How much does breast revision surgery cost?

The cost of revision surgery varies, based on what is needed and the type of replacement implants you choose. We’ll provide a detailed estimate at your consultation.

Is breast surgery painful?

Tenderness and discomfort are to be expected following your revision surgery, but with proper pain management, the procedure should be reasonably easy for you. We will provide prescription pain medication if it is needed and detailed instructions for managing post-surgical discomfort. Dr. Courtney uses an advanced pain medication called Exparel to ensure your comfort during healing.

Learn more about breast revision surgery in Houston, TX, by contacting Dr. Courtney, a top plastic surgeon in Texas.

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