Revision Breast Reconstruction New Jersey

Revision breast reconstruction is a secondary procedure that focuses on correcting problems with your initial breast plastic surgery. Revision breast surgery can alleviate physical discomfort, reduce stress, as well as improve your self-confidence and quality of life. Breast reconstruction is a complex surgery that aims to rebuild one or both breasts following cancer, congenital abnormalities, and trauma to the chest . While the majority of women are happy with the outcome of their primary reconstruction, problems can occur that leave you dissatisfied with the outcome of the surgery. The rebuilt breast may have an unnatural look, or may not be symmetrical with the non-cancer breast. Revision breast reconstruction is a secondary procedure that focuses on correcting those problems.

At New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center, our plastic surgeons help women alleviate issues resulting from earlier reconstructive breast surgery. A plastic surgeon will listen to your concerns and examine your breast before discussing an individualized revision strategy that will yield the results you initially desired.

Candidates for Revision Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction revision surgery can happen at any time following an initial breast reconstructive surgery. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if:

  • You are in good health and do not suffer from medical conditions that may impair healing.
  • You have complications resulting from an earlier breast reconstructive procedure.
  • You have pain or discomfort, asymmetry, or unnatural breast appearance following a breast reconstruction procedure.
  • Your first reconstructive breast surgery failed completely and you wish to give it another try.
  • You wish to improve the cosmetic results from the original breast reconstruction.
  • You have reasonable expectations about the outcomes of revision surgery.

Breast reconstruction (and revision) are highly individualized procedures. Every woman reserves the right to choose to undergo these procedures following breast cancer treatment. During your initial consultation visit to New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center, our plastic surgeons will listen to your concerns and discuss your revision breast reconstruction options.

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Benefits of Direct to Implant Breast Reconstruction

There are many unique benefits for women who choose direct to implant breast reconstruction in New Jersey:
 

  • The mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgeries are combined into one.
  • Avoids tissue expansion and stretching, a process that can be uncomfortable and take up to 6 months.
  • Breasts are reconstructed right after the mastectomy, which may help lessen emotional stress and maintain a positive body image.
  • Postoperative chemotherapy and radiation therapy usually do not need to be delayed.

Breast Reconstruction Revision Options

Your plastic surgeon may use either implant-based reconstruction or flap reconstruction during the corrective surgery. It all depends on the primary surgery and the reasons for undergoing a reconstruction.

  • Breast implant revision surgery – if you had breast implants during the initial surgery, the surgeon may choose to rebuild the breasts using implants. Options include saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. Alternatively, other techniques such as scar revision, fat grafting, replacement of breast implants, and conversion of subpectoral implants to pre-pectoral implants may also be utilized during reconstruction with implants. In some cases, patients will choose to have the breast implants removed altogether and replaced with flaps for a natural breast look and feel.
  • Flap reconstruction revision – for patients who had the first procedure completed using autologous techniques such as pedicled TRAM flaps, revision may be necessary due to partial flap loss or complications such as scarring or asymmetry. Your surgeon may add a second flap of tissue to achieve the desired breast size, shape, and symmetry. Other reconstructive techniques that may be performed as part of this option include fat grafting, scar revision, revision of flap donor site, and placement of a small implant to enhance breast projection.

Our plastic surgeons are uniquely positioned to help you choose the reconstruction technique that best makes sense for you. Revision procedures are performed at an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. The surgery takes 2 – 4 hours to complete and patients may be allowed to go home on the same day as the surgery.

Recovery After Revision Breast Reconstruction

Following your revision reconstructive surgery in New Jersey, you can expect to experience moderate pain and discomfort. Breast surgeons typically administer pain medication to alleviate discomfort and antibiotics to prevent infection. Swelling and bruising are common after this corrective surgery but often dissipate with time. Patients can expect to return to light work within 2 weeks but will need to wait for up to 6 weeks before resuming strenuous activities. At New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center, our office will be available throughout the recovery duration to answer your questions and provide the support you need.

Cost of Revision Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is typically covered by most medical insurance policies. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998 requires health insurance companies to cover the cost of breast reconstruction and revision procedures. During your initial consultation visit to New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center, our office will help you handle some of the paperwork required to get your insurance provider to pay for this treatment.

Schedule Your NJ Breast Reconstruction Consultation

The New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center offers revision breast reconstruction to women who are not happy with the outcome of their initial surgery. Our surgeons are highly trained and experienced in both implant and autologous breast reconstruction options. We have many years of collective experience performing not only reconstructive but also cosmetic breast procedures such as breast reduction surgery, cosmetic breast augmentation, and breast lift. Our team understands the difficulty of a cancer diagnosis and treatment and treats each woman with the utmost compassion, respect, and exceptional care. Get in touch with our office to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about revision breast reconstruction options.

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Revision Breast Reconstruction FAQ

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What are the reasons for breast revision surgery?

Some of the most common reasons for revision reconstruction surgery include:

  • Enlarged breasts
  • Asymmetry
  • Misshapen breasts
  • Deflation
  • Hardened scar tissue
  • Leakage
  • Rippling
  • Infections
  • Unnatural look or feel
  • Pain
  • Flap failure
  • Deformities
  • Capsular contracture
  • Fat necrosis
  • Symmastia
  • Implant failure

What are the risks of corrective breast reconstruction surgery?

The same risks associated with the initial reconstruction surgical procedure apply to revision surgery. These include the risk of infection at the treatment site, loss of skin, adverse reaction to anesthesia, unexpected scarring, wound healing problems such as hematoma (blood collecting in a surgical wound), and seroma (fluid collecting in a surgical wound). Patients with health conditions such as circulatory problems, diabetes, or bleeding disorders may take much longer to heal after this surgery. During your consultation visit to New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center, our surgeons will discuss approaches that may help reduce the risk of adverse effects and complications following corrective surgery. Our key focus during this treatment is to attain the desired aesthetic outcome while ensuring the patient’s safety and wellbeing.