Unfortunately, despite your very best research and the extensive consultations prior to surgery, sometimes the results of your breast surgery are not as you had expected.
In these situations many patients find that they are considering returning to the operating theatre for secondary or revisional breast surgery.
Before embarking upon this surgery it is important to understand the risks of additional surgery and the reasons why your surgery did not achieve the results that you were expecting.
It may well be that there was a simple healing problem, or that the tissue within your breast stretched post operatively. These are usually very easy to correct and as long as the ultimate aim of your breast surgery remains the same, this repair can usually be performed safely, quickly and with minimal downtime.
Sometimes however, your result is quite different to what you expected.
In these situations you need to take a step back and revisit your aims prior to surgery.
The most important part in the preoperative consultation is for you to be able to clearly articulate and explain the shape and look of your ideal breast, the breast that you would like to obtain after surgery.
In many cases of patients seeking revisional surgery, there has often been a miscommunication between you and your surgeon.
It is particularly important in revisional breast augmentation that you have a clear understanding of what went wrong. Often we find that patients didn’t fully understand the impact of the decisions they made preoperatively, or weren’t able to clearly explain the result they were seeking.
In our experience, breast augmentation patients make 8 decisions that directly influence their post operative result. Of these decisions, the choice of implant, its position (either behind or in front of the muscle) and the implant size are the most critical. If one of these 3 decisions is wrong, then almost all patients will return seeking revision surgery. The other 5 decisions are important, but usually don’t result in a patient seeking to have their surgery revised.
If this is the case, and one of the 3 decisions is wrong, then it is usually a straightforward matter to correct the surgical plan and by repeating the surgery, simply adjust the surgical pocket or implant size, or its shape to achieve the result that you desire.