Breast implant revision is a cosmetic surgery performed to correct the results of a previous breast augmentation surgery, to treat complications like capsular contracture, to remove breast implants, or to replace them with new ones.
Breast implants, especially when they are placed by an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, are long-lasting. However, nothing can stop aging. There are also many factors that can affect the appearance of the breasts, including weight fluctuations and pregnancies. It is possible to have a problem called capsular contracture, which requires a revision surgery. Another reason is that, although the new implants are long-lasting, they can still rupture or leak when they get old. In addition, without having any problem, they can be replaced because you just want to change the way your breasts look.
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You will have an online consultation with your surgeon through video chat. They will perform an online examination, listen to you about your wishes, and will provide you with in-depth information. They will help you to choose what the best approach to your case is.
We'll plan your whole journey, including the date of your surgery and where you'll stay at while you’re in Istanbul. We'll inform you about everything you need to know from what to have in your suitcase to what to do before your procedure.
Our VIP transportation vehicle will be ready at the airport before you land. The driver will be waiting for you. We'll drive you to the hospital. At the hospital, we will perform required blood tests and the COVID test. Then, we will take you to your hotel.
The next morning, we will take you from your hotel to the hospital. Your surgeon will examine and inform you about the procedure. On the same day, you will have the surgery. You will stay at the hospital 1-2 day(s), depending on the procedure.
After your stay at the hospital, we will drive you to your hotel. You will rest and recover at your hotel room during the following week. A wellbeing assistant will visit you every day to inform you, to examine, and to provide medical care.
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We will take you for your 1-week follow-up with your surgeon. They will examine you, remove your bandages if required, and inform you about what you should/shouldn’t do during your recovery period, in detail. Afterwards, we will drive you to the airport.
During your recovery, we will be in touch. We will inform you, check on you, and answer your questions. You can reach us 7 days 24 hours. We will expect you to send photos periodically to follow your recovery period.
If you are healthy, you want to have a breast implant revision because of any reason, and have realistic expectations, then you are a candidate!
As with all the other surgeries, the first requirement to be eligible for a breast implant revision is being healthy. If you are healthy, that you don’t have any condition that may impair healing after the surgery, there is no obstacle for your surgery. The second requirement would be that you have realistic expectations. You should understand the procedure and its expected results.
A breast implant revision may be an ideal treatment for you if:
The outcomes of breast implant revision can be analyzed in three main categories: aesthetical, psychological, and health-related.
Aesthetical outcomes of your breast implant revision depend on your specific concerns and the reason you are having a breast implant revision. If you chose to have a breast implant revision because you are not happy with the size or the shape of your previous implants, you will obtain the breasts that look the way you desire. If you chose to have this surgery because the appearance of your breasts has changed in time due to reasons such as aging, weight fluctuations, or pregnancies; the aesthetical and youthful appearance of your breasts will be restored. If your concern is that the shape of your breast implants became distorted, or they cause distortions on the skin, these problems will have been eliminated.
Cosmetic breast surgeries enhance not only the appearance of breasts, but also the whole contour of the body. Breasts have a central importance to the female figure, and because of this, a talented and experienced surgeon carefully working on them to reshape will achieve a sculpted appearance not only to the breasts but to the whole body.
Ruptured or leaking breast implants can cause health-related problems. Although there is no detected association between leakage and serious health issues such as breast cancer, connective tissue disease, or reproductive problems, patients with both saline and silicone implants have reported some systemic symptoms. Besides, when an implant is ruptured, collagen fibers in the breast can grow in the empty space. These are needed to be removed. When the direct effects of the leakage are considered, silicone gel implants are thought to be riskier, because the silicone gel is a foreign body, whereas the content of a saline implant is only salty water which is safely absorbed by the body.
The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. When you are not happy with your breasts, you can experience serious psychological distress, which can negatively affect your self-esteem and social life. If you are not happy with the size or shape of your breasts, or the appearance of your breasts have changed due to various reasons, or the implants cause an unnatural appearance, you may feel frustrated and too self-conscious. Therefore, after having this procedure, you will have great psychological benefits. You will start to love your body more and your self-confidence will be boosted.
Breast implant revision has several approaches to each different conditions.
In the majority of the cases, the recovery period after the breast implant revision is much easier than it was after the original breast augmentation surgery. After the surgery, there will be stitches on your incisions and dressings on your incisions, and you will need to wear a support bra or a compression garment for some time. Right after the surgery, it is normal to experience some pain and discomfort. You will also experience some bruising and swelling. Pain and discomfort will improve after a few days. Until then, pain can be successfully controlled by pain medications. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid and blood. You will be able to walk on the day of the surgery, but you will need several days before returning to your other daily activities. Your stitches will be removed after a week.
The swelling and bruising will improve significantly past the first week. The most of the remaining swelling and bruising will be gone within the first month after the surgery. Most of the patients are able to return to work 7 to 10 days after the surgery. It may require more or less time depending on the type of activities you perform. You may have altered sensation around the incisions, which should be temporary. 6-8 weeks post operation, the scars will start to fade, and you will be able to return to most of your regular activities including exercise. The exact duration of the recovery depends on the procedure as well as the patient. If you have a combined breast implant revision with breast lift, your recovery period can be longer while if your implants are removed without placing new ones, it can be shorter.
A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.
“Breast augmentation requires experience and skill. Whereas breast implant revision requires much more than that. The surgeon needs to understand the body and the wishes of the patient very well.”
During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. It is of critical importance that you give your doctor every detail, from the conditions you might have to the operations you had in the past, to the medications and supplements you use, to minimize the risks the surgery could bring. They will also conduct a physical examination. Your surgeon will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.
Most important instructions include,
What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:
“Breast implant revision surgery can be performed for many reasons. These reasons include unsatisfactory results from the primary breast augmentation, capsular contracture, aging-related natural changes, rupture or leakage, desire to replace the implants with different shaped or sized ones.”
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