What is Breast Revision Surgery?
Dr. Kunkel sees women who have previously undergone surgery on their breasts who want to change their results. This may happen for any number of reasons. Here are a few of the more common:
- Breasts are larger or smaller than desired after breast augmentation or breast reduction.
- One or both breast implants may be out to the side, or higher or lower than desired.
- The breast tissues have changed since the breast augmentation took place. Now the tissues seem to hang off the ends of the implants.
- A breast implant has ruptured, or become firm, and the woman wants to change her overall look.
- Scars from previous breast lifts or breast reductions are wide and very noticeable.
It is often possible for Dr. Kunkel to do surgery to revise the result from previous breast surgery. Sometimes the procedure required may be relatively straight forward, and sometimes it may be extensive and complex.
How long does breast revision surgery take?
Breast revision surgery can be complicated. The surgery may take anywhere from one hour to 4 1/2 hours to do, depending on what is involved. When you visit with Dr. Kunkel in his plastic surgery office near the Fort Worth Medical District, he will go over the issues with you extensively.
What happens during breast revision surgery?
The answer to this is different for each person. That's why a consultation with Dr. Kunkel in his Fort Worth office is so important. Breast implants may need to be replaced. Sometimes a new pocket may be needed for the implants. Soft tissue support matrix material, often called "an internal bra", is often used. Repositioning the breast tissue itself may be required. This would be either a breast lift or a breast reduction, depending on the issues involved.
What is recovery like after breast revision surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there will be some activity restrictions for some time after surgery. Typically a woman will need to refrain from strenuous activities like biking, pickle ball, and running for 4 to 6 weeks. A drain may be required for one or both breasts. If so, drains are usually in for one or two weeks.
Can breast revision surgery be combined with other procedures?
It's pretty common to combine breast revision surgery with other procedures. In cases like this, Dr. Kunkel often performs the procedure at a Fort Worth hospital. An overnight stay may be recommended if the procedure lasts over 4 or 5 hours. Some types of procedures that may be combined with breast revision surgery include:
What is the consultation with Dr. Kunkel like?
When scheduling a visit with Dr. Kunkel, you will likely speak with Gena and Amy. Gena answers the telephone calls and provides a lot of information. She connects you with Amy (sometimes Kirsten), who provide you with more information.
During the actual visit in the office, Amy goes over a lot of information with you. Dr. Kunkel spends a lot of time with you as well. A visit with Dr. Kunkel means you actually visit with Dr. Kunkel for more than just a couple of minutes. You should expect to spend at least one, and possibly up to 2 hours in the office during your visit. Photographs will be taken. Dr. Kunkel may have you stand in front of a full length mirror during your visit. He wants to make sure that you and he are seeing and talking about the things that are most important to you. He will give you his thoughts and recommendations. Amy will follow-up with a cost quotation. Every person wants to know what things will cost, and that information is provided either during your visit or sometimes on the next business day.
Do I have to have my breast implants replaced every 10 years?
Many women are told that they have to have their breast implants replaced every 10 years. Some women have their implants for 20 years or more without developing any problems. Dr. Kunkel sees women who have had their implants for a long time and aren't having any problems, but they want to know what their options are. In the following video, Dr. Kunkel talks about this and shows some photos of women who developed a leak in one of their implants.