According to the figures released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation emerged as the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in 2015. However, implants are not forever, and at some stage, the patient may have to get the implants removed or replaced.
Such a procedure will involve a secondary surgery, which entails a considerable recovery period. The plastic surgeon will discuss the recovery aspect in detail during the initial consultation. Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing implant removal and capsulectomy procedures to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding locations.
Type of Breast Revision
When surgery is performed to remove or replace breast implants, the recovery process is quite similar to that of the primary breast augmentation plastic surgery. In many cases, the recovery period will be brief and involve minimal discomfort. Most patients will be able to resume their normal routine in a few days. However, the recovery period can vary according to the type of breast revision surgery performed.
The secondary surgery may or may not involve capsulectomy or capsule removal following capsular contracture. This will depend on the condition of the implants and the capsule formation. Secondly, whether the revision surgery involves re-insertion of new implants, and whether a mastopexy is required to be performed along with breast revision will also determine the length of recovery.
If the cosmetic surgeon performs breast revision surgery using cutting edge surgical techniques and technology, the procedure can be less invasive, and recovery more expeditious and comfortable. An experienced surgeon will also focus on incorporating several preventative steps during the surgical procedure and throughout the recovery period.
This will minimize the risk of complications or recurrence of capsular contracture, and make the recovery smoother and easier. Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for breast revision surgery.
Estimated Recovery Period
The recovery period following breast implant removal or capsulectomy will vary from one patient to another, but on average, most patients will recover within one to two weeks. In about a week’s time, the bruising and tenderness would have diminished significantly, enabling the patient to drive a car and return to work.
However, strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for about one month to avoid complications. The post-surgical scarring will be more pronounced in the first one to three months, and some scars may take a significantly longer time to fade. Period post-operative follow-up visits to the surgeon’s office will be scheduled to monitor the progress of healing.
Temporary Side Effects
During the first week, the patient is likely to experience pain and discomfort in the incision areas, which can be managed with pain medications. Other expected temporary side effects include itching, swelling and bruising.
Numbness, tingling, or altered sensation around the incision area may occur, but this will disappear gradually over a few weeks or months. If a breast lift is performed along with implant removal, the expected recovery time will be lengthened.