Breast augmentation can be an expensive, painful, and time-consuming process, and when the results aren't what you wanted, it can be incredibly frustrating.
Fortunately, breast implant revision can help recover your lost shape and correct any mistakes that were made. Dr Joseph Rizk has many years of experience performing, updating and correcting breast augmentation procedures.
No matter how bad your situation may be, Dr Rizk can work with you to create a customized procedure in place to achieve better results.
A breast implant revision procedure seeks to recapture the results or correct the mistakes of previous surgery, leading to the results you had or expected in the first place.
Sometimes the outcome of a breast augmentation changes over the ensuing years and no longer gives you the curves you had before. In other cases, a less-than-satisfactory job by another plastic surgeon leaves you with less than desired results. In these cases, updating the implants to a more appropriate size and shape will go a long way to correcting the problems.
Sometimes including a breast lift or repositioning the position of the implants can help too. In other situations, a good breast revision may call for a simple fat transfer to the breasts to fill out and revamp the ideal contours you had before.
Breast implant revision procedures are a great way to update a previous procedure. As time passes, implants may move, your body changes around the implants, or perhaps you now want a different size implant. Sometimes, implants can rupture and cause pain or serious health concerns. In all of these cases, revision can address the issues.
Also, there may be more pragmatic concerns. Implants typically carry lifetime warranties, but coverage for the costs associated with surgery often phase out after 10 years. For this reason, many women choose to update their implants before that coverage goes away.
If you have any of these kinds of issues, breast implant revision may be right for you:
Good candidates will typically be in good health overall and not have any serious medical conditions. They’ll be free of any infections and be non-smokers.
Also, they’ll understand the procedure and have realistic expectations for their results. In following the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines, Dr Rizk recommends that you seek out a second opinion from another qualified healthcare provider. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks, so a second opinion is advised before moving forward with any cosmetic surgery.
Every breast implant revision Dr Rizk performs is completely customized to the needs of each particular patient. Therefore, there is no real “standard” procedure.
During your consultation, Dr Rizk will take many considerations into account including:
Depending on the scope of your procedure, Dr Rizk will probably administer a general anesthetic for you, meaning you will be unconscious for the duration of your surgery. In more minor cases involving only fat transfer, he may choose to only use regional anesthetic on your chest and liposuction areas.
All of this will be discussed with you before the procedure so that you are comfortable and can adequately prepare. Dr Rizk will then create incisions — usually along the same lines as your original procedure — to allow him to replace and/or reposition your implants.
He’ll make sure your underlying muscles and connective tissue are appropriate and make any adjustments as needed. After the revision work is complete, Dr Rizk will close the incisions with sutures or skin adhesives, and bandage any affected areas to protect the stitches and promote healing.
Your recovery from your breast implant revision procedure will feel a lot like your recovery from your initial breast augmentation. You will experience significant swelling and bruising around your breasts and will be prescribed medication to manage the pain. You will probably also be recommended antibiotics to prevent infection. For the first few weeks, you should avoid strenuous activities, especially lifting and reaching, as your body heals. It will be important to protect your incisions from strain, so you will probably need to sleep on your back for at least two weeks.
Dr Rizk will give you detailed instructions on how to properly care for your chest, including how to clean your stitches and bandage the area. He may also recommend wearing a support bra or other supportive garment while you heal. Make sure to follow these instructions closely, and Dr Rizk will also schedule any follow-up visits needed to remove stitches or drains and check on your overall progress.
The aim of revision surgery is to restore as much as possible the look you want to achieve. Dr Joseph Rizk will work with you to obtain realistic goals. You can expect to see your final results within 12 months post-healing.
Keep in mind that final results are unique to every person, so your results may be different than someone else’s. You can preserve and maintain results by looking after your breast skin and wearing appropriate sports bras while exercising, allowing your skin to have less stress on it during the most strenuous of exercise.
Consult Dr Joseph Rizk about breast implant revision surgery in Sydney
If you want to discuss the possibilities of breast implant revision for you, contact our Sydney clinic today. Dr Rizk and his highly professional team are standing by. You can complete the consultation request form on this page, or call us on 1300 707 007, during office hours Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.Meet Dr Rizk
Dr Joseph Rizk became Australasia’s plastic surgeon of the year by making sure that each patient is heard, respected, and treated well. His patient-first approach provides you with the accurate medical information you need to make informed decisions about your course of treatment. At the same time, he offers his decades of knowledge and experience to help you along your path.