IMPLANT REVISION SURGERY
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Although most women are able to enjoy the many benefits of a well-performed Breast Augmentation for many years, Revision Surgery is sometimes unavoidable for various reasons, among the commonest being:
Capsular Contracture occurs when the normally soft fibrous envelope around the implant (called the “capsule”) contracts like ‘shrink wrap’ and causes the breast to feel firmer than before. If the capsule continues to shrink, the breast can change in shape as well as feel hard and tender. Although these changes can create the impression that the implant itself has hardened, in actual fact the implant is as soft as it always was – it is only the ‘capsule’ that has contracted and made the breast feel firmer to the touch.
Treatment involves removing the implant along with its shrunken capsule, reshaping the pocket, and then reinserting the same or another implant.
Rupture of a Silicone Implant or
Deflation of a Saline Implant
- Silicone Implants: All modern-day silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel which means that in the event of a wall rupture, the cohesive silicone gel largely stays within the implant walls and the implant does not deflate as would a leaking saline implant.
- Saline Implants: Saline implants can also rupture in which event the saline is absorbed by the surrounding tissues and the breast loses its fullness.
A ruptured implant of either type needs to be replaced.
Interestingly, some women take this opportunity to replace both implants with a larger size.
Movement of an Implant away from its original position
Although an implant will not move far, it can be enough to make the breasts look uneven. Surgery is required to return the implant to its original position.
A desire for larger implants than originally chosen
Even in the absence of any problem, some patients seek to have their implants replaced with larger ones simply because they now desire a larger breast size.
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Cost of Breast Implant Revision
We accept payments from various independent finance providers including
Handypay & Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC)
If you need to finance all or part of your procedure, National Regulations require that you must source your own funding through a bank or any number of Medical Loan Providers such as the above easily found by searching on Google.
Frequently Asked Questions
Revision Surgery is performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia.
This will depend on what is required and whether one or both implants require revision. Your surgeon will be able to answer all your questions at your Initial Consultation.
This will depend on the type of surgery planned. If the Revision Surgery is relatively minor, you can return home 1-2 hours after your procedure but you cannot go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also be with you during the first 24 hours. However, if you have extensive or prolonged surgery, you will need to stay in hospital overnight and then return home the next day after our Surgeon has checked you.
This will depend on the type and extent of your surgery. In any case, post-operative discomfort is never as much as you experienced with your original surgery.
Implant Revision Surgery almost always needs to be done through an incision in the natural fold under your breast. If your original surgery was performed via this route, your Revision Surgery can be performed through the existing scar and therefore you will not have an additional scar. However, if your original Breast Augmentation was done via the Trans-Axillary route (via the armpit) or a Peri-Areolar (around the nipple) incision, you will then have a second scar in the fold under the breast.
The total cost of your surgery will be made up of the individual fees for the Surgeon, Anaesthetist and Hospital plus the cost of any replacement implant(s) if required – unless, of course, your implants are eligible for replacement under Warranty. Please note, however, that any Implant Warranty only covers the cost of the implant(s) and does not contribute to any of the other costs of the surgery.
This will basically depend on the reason for the Revision Surgery. Once again, the answer to this will only be possible when our Surgeon has assessed you. If the proposed surgery does have a Medicare Item number, you may be eligible for a partial Medicare Rebate. Additionally, if you do qualify for a Medicare Item Number and you also hold Private Hospital Insurance, you may also be eligible to claim a portion of your Hospital Fees depending on your Fund and Level of Cover.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.