Expert Breast Reconstruction Revision Surgery in Ohio
It is always the hope of the patient and the plastic surgeon that the reconstructive process will proceed in a smooth and complication-free fashion, leading to a final result that is aesthetically in line with the patient’s desires. In very rare instances, patients may opt for Revisional Breast Reconstruction in order to correct any aesthetic and functional issues that may interfere with their desired results and goals.
If you are in need of Revisional Breast Reconstruction and are based in Ohio or one the nearby states including Indiana, Kentucky , Michigan, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, click here to experience the superior surgical skills and unparalleled patient care from Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery.
Revisional Breast Reconstruction Cost and Financing
The final price for Revisional Breast Reconstruction in Ohio is determined by a number of factors that include your chosen surgical procedure (whether though Explant surgery or Flap-based reconstruction, etc), the fee of your board-certified plastic surgeon and their team, and other miscellaneous charges. In addition, revisional breast reconstruction is covered by insurance and healthcare providers.
For a precise quotation from our surgeons, schedule your consultation at Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery today.
Reasons for Revisional Breast Reconstruction
Every operation, however big or small, is associated with potential complications. That said, most operations also have potential benefits. That is why for elective procedures such as breast reconstruction, it is critical that each patient understands not just the benefits, but the potential problems that could come with any plan.
If a complication leads to a compromise in the reconstruction itself, it could lead to an unfavorable or unacceptable cosmetic outcome. Even worse, some complications can lead to failure of the reconstruction altogether. Reasons for revising or redoing a breast reconstruction include:
- Implant deflation
- Implant rupture
- Implant infection
- Implant illness
- Painful breast implants
- Capsular contracture
- Jumping breast deformity / muscle flex deformity / animation deformity
Additional aesthetic complications may warrant the need for revision surgery. Complications includes:
- Breast asymmetry
- Patient is unhappy after implant reconstruction
- Reconstructed breasts that are too big/small for a patient’s frame
- Lumpy areas
- Lack of volume where volume should be present
- Excess volume where volume should not be too excessive
- Hard/firm spots
- Asymmetry of nipple position/orientation
- Inframammary fold malposition
The Revisional Breast Reconstruction Procedure
There are several different methods that can be used to accomplish reconstruction. For this reason, if one method does not produce an ideal result, alternate options can be evaluated. Even if the initial reconstructive pathway was long and utilized many of the potential donor sites, it is still possible that a viable option exists, and a stable, acceptable reconstruction can be achieved.
At Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons employ a number of revisionary procedures, such as:
- Explant Surgery – Surgically removes breast implants from the chest wall, often using an en bloc removal technique to remove the implant and the surrounding capsule
- Implant-based Reconstruction – Uses a silicone or saline implant to reconstruct the breasts
- Flap-based Reconstruction – Uses the body’s natural tissues to convert the breasts to a more aesthetically pleasing shape and contour
- Conversion to Pre-pectoral Reconstruction – Reconstructs the breasts by inserting the implants over the breast muscle after mastectomy surgery
Several factors contribute to the successful correction of a previously failed or unsatisfactory reconstruction. A detailed history and documentation of previous operations are critical in assessing which options are still available or have been exhausted. It also requires careful consideration of the risks and benefits of each possible scenario. With careful planning and attention to the patient’s goals, major improvements can be made and satisfaction can be achieved in many cases.
“Revisional Breast Reconstruction is certainly one of the most difficult yet rewarding procedures we offer. While having to undergo another breast reconstruction can be emotionally taxing, we ensure that final results are beautiful and long-lasting.
Recovery from Revisional Breast Reconstruction
Recovery will vary according the procedure or procedures that need to be done to accomplish a successful breast reconstruction revision. Most of the procedures are done in an outpatient setting. Is these cases, after surgery, you will be placed in the recovery room. You may experience some drowsiness. It is important to have a friend or family member at your side to safely escort you back home. Before you return home, our surgeons will provide you with a detailed list for post-surgical aftercare, which you must follow to ensure a steadfast recovery.
Over the next several weeks, you must give yourself the time to rest and allow your body to recover from surgery. After forty-eight hours, you may resume taking showers. Great care must be taken when cleaning the surgical sites as taking baths and submerging your breasts in water must be avoided.
Mild pain is expected, and for this, our surgeons will prescribe you with pain medication to subdue the discomfort. In most cases, you may return to work after one to two weeks, and slowly return to your normal activities and routines. Light exercise during this time is encouraged, but you must refrain from lifting heavy weights or engaging in strenuous physical activity.
Request Your Consultation
To learn more about breast reconstruction revision, you can schedule an appointment online or you can call 855-687-6227
Revisional Breast Reconstruction Results
It will take 3-6 months before your breasts heal and settle to its final position. Your results will largely depend on the reconstructive methods used by your board-certified plastic surgeon, whether implants or flap-based techniques were utilized.
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Revisional Breast Reconstruction FAQs
I’ve already had a breast reconstruction. Am I a candidate for a redo or corrective breast reconstruction?
In most cases, even if several previous operations have failed to produce a stable and symmetrical breast reconstruction, additional options to either correct the existing reconstruction and/or establish a new breast reconstruction are usually available.
Which operation(s) will be used for my corrective or redo breast reconstruction?
The specific operations that can be used for corrective or redo breast reconstruction depend largely on the type of reconstruction that was done in the first place. Sometimes, the existing reconstruction can be modified to obtain a more symmetrical or favorable result. In other cases, an entirely new attempt to create a long-lasting, symmetrical breast reconstruction may be the only option. Correcting a previous reconstruction can be technically demanding and will often involve advanced operative techniques such as microsurgery. Not all plastic surgeons specialize in these techniques, so be sure to find a surgeon who is comfortable with the full spectrum of breast reconstructive operations.
How long will I need to be in the hospital after my revision surgery?
The expected hospital stay associated with a redo or corrective procedure depends largely on the operation being done. Many smaller procedures, such as the modification of an existing reconstruction with adjustment of an implant or autologous fat grafting, can be accomplished with a minimal hospital stay or even in the outpatient setting. On the other hand, if a reconstruction is being redone completely, operations such as the DIEP flap may be necessary. These procedures generally require longer hospital stays of approximately three nights. Each of the specific procedures and their associated hospital and recovery times can be found here.
How long will my recovery take after corrective or redo breast reconstruction surgery?
Recovery also depends on the type of operation that is needed to accomplish the desired corrections. Smaller procedures, such as changing implants or small volume fat grafting, require minimal recovery periods, ranging from one-to-three weeks. More extensive procedures, such as the DIEP flap, require longer recovery periods, ranging from four-to-six weeks. Details pertaining to the specific procedures can be found on our Breast Reconstruction information page.
Will my insurance cover additional surgery?
If a patient has pain, asymmetry, and/or deformity of their breast reconstruction, most insurances will cover the operations needed to accomplish a stable, long-lasting, and symmetrical result. This is based on requirements outlined by the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA). More information can be found on our Resources page and by reading Dr. K’s previous blog entry, Will Insurance Cover my Breast Reconstruction?
*The information available on this page was created to educate our patients. It is not an alternative for a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Individual results vary per patient. For more information, we strongly recommend scheduling a consultation with our doctors.