BEFORE AND AFTER BREAST REVISION
At a consultation with Dr. Sessa, he will want to know about the concerns you have with your current breast implants. He may also inquire about the specifics of the previous surgery such as the incision location and type of implant. Next, he will review your relevant medical history. Finally, Dr. Sessa will conduct a physical exam to determine if a Sarasota breast revision will provide the results you want.
If Dr. Sessa believes you are a good candidate for breast revision, he will discuss his recommendations and the expected results. At this point, you will also have the opportunity to pick out new breast implants and receive a customized price quote.
Preparing For Surgery
Based on your health and the requirements of surgery, Dr. Sessa will provide instructions on how to prepare for breast revision. Firstly, he may request certain medical clearances. It is also common for Dr. Sessa to ask patients to stop smoking for several weeks before the surgery. Smoking puts patients at a higher risk of complications. Other instructions may include:
- Temporarily ceasing the use of certain medications when possible
- Obtaining records from your previous surgery
- Arranging for a caregiver and ride home
- Making other necessary arrangements for time off and childcare
- Filling your prescriptions before surgery
- Following Dr. Sessa’s instructions on when to last eat and drink before surgery
On the day of your surgery, you will come to Sarasota Surgical Arts’ state certified outpatient surgery center. The Sarasota Surgical Arts team will greet you and prepare you for surgery. This will involve changing into a surgical gown and taking your vitals.
During the immediate time before surgery, Dr. Sessa will make surgical markings and review the surgery plan. After this, a certified anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia.
Dr. Sessa will make incisions to remove your breast implants. Usually, he can utilize the previous incisions from the original breast augmentation. However, if you underwent a transaxillary or transumbilical procedure, this may not be possible or likely. The most common incision for breast revision is in the inframammary fold.
Next, Dr. Sessa will remove your breast implants. In the case of capsular contracture, he will also remove the entire capsule of scar tissue. After the removal of your implants, Dr. Sessa may perform a breast lift or otherwise reposition breast tissue. This may not be necessary in all cases.
Finally, Dr. Sessa will place your new breast implants. If placing silicone breast implants, he will use a Keller funnel and the “no touch” method. This reduces the chances of capsular contracture and infection. This constitutes the most advanced method of breast surgery today.
Recovery following breast revision in Sarasota is typically easier than the initial breast augmentation surgery. This is because the skin and muscle has already stretched to accomodate your first pair of breast implants. If your previous implants were above the muscle, you may experience a more painful and longer recovery. This is fairly rare, however, because most breast implants are placed fully or partially under the muscle.
You will still need around a week off work and will follow many of the same instructions as the previous surgery. Strenuous exercise and lifting more than ten pounds will likely be restricted for four to six weeks. Light exercise and most daily activities can resume after two weeks.
Dr. Sessa will prescribe medication to manage pain and prevent infection. Following Dr. Sessa’s postoperative instructions will lead to an easier recovery, reduce chances of complications, and promote a better result.