Know About Your Options
Dr. Christine Petti, a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic breast surgery, has found that breast augmentation is a very rewarding procedure for both patient and surgeon. As with any operation, however, results can be disappointing, and not meet the expectations of both patient and surgeon alike. The results of breast augmentation can change over time. Dr. Christine Petti’s opinion has been in demand over the course of her career, as she is valued as a plastic surgeon who listens, analyzes and develops a plan to assist these special patients who seek an opinion regarding revisional breast surgery. She evaluates breast implant patients for problems such as implant hardening, implant displacement and breast asymmetry that occur as a result of the short and long term consequences of breast augmentation. Dr. Christine Petti can help you with a procedure specifically designed to revise the results from an earlier surgery and provide you with a beautiful, natural-looking outcome that’s more in keeping with your original goals. With Dr. Petti’s experience and skill performing a variety of aesthetic breast surgery procedures, you can feel confident that breast implant revision surgery under her care can give you remarkable results that will meet your expectations of having an aesthetic result that will remain soft and pleasingly natural over time.
There are a number of different ways that a breast revision surgery can be performed, depending on your needs and goals. In most cases, the original implants will be removed, the “pocket” or space where the implants are located (under the breast or under the muscle), most often needs to be modified. The implant pocket should be re-created to give a result that looks natural and soft with the new breast implants. Various surgical maneuvers that deal with the scar tissue must be performed and Dr. Petti takes pride and is very skilled in this aspect of the surgery. She often will create an internal suture repair that simulates an internal underwire bra to support the breasts so they do not drift outward or sink low. With the internal underwire suture technique, she strives to create a breast that has cleavage and is full, but natural and supported. It’s a wonder bra without the bra, but all the wonder. Dr. Petti will take extreme care to make sure the procedure conforms to your ultimate goals and that the results look natural, symmetrical, and pleasing.
Revision breast surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Breast Implant Revision FAQs
Am I a good candidate for breast implant revision surgery?
Any woman who is not satisfied with the appearance of her breasts after breast augmentation surgery may be a good candidate for implant revision surgery. A few of the most common reasons women choose to undergo implant revision surgery include capsular contracture (a hardening of the breasts), implants that have descended or “bottomed out” (causing a deflated appearance of the upper chest), or simply a desire to increase or decrease the size of the initial implant. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for breast implant revision is to schedule a consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Petti.
When will I see the results of my procedure?
While patients will be able to notice changes immediately, swelling from the surgery will be present for about four to six weeks after the procedure. Approximately eight weeks after breast implant revision, the healing process should be mostly complete allowing patients to fully enjoy the rejuvenated appearance of their breasts. The final outcome may not be evident until three months after surgery, as the implants may take more time to settle completely.
Are there any risks associated with breast implant revision?
As with any major surgery, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and some scarring can be expected. Potential risks associated with breast implant revision can vary depending on the details of your surgery. Dr. Petti will thoroughly communicate what you can expect before, during, and after your procedure, which includes a comprehensive account of any risks or complications you should be aware of. It is recommended that patients considering breast augmentation or revision surgery understand all aspects of the procedure before making a decision.
The expertise and experience level of the surgeon can certainly reduce the chance of complications during and after surgery. We encourage you to review Dr. Petti’s credentials, before-and-after photos of featuring her breast implant revision patients, and patient-generated online ratings and reviews to help you learn more about her outstanding reputation for success.
How much does breast implant revision cost?
Each breast implant revision surgery is customized to address the unique concerns and needs of the patient. No two revision procedures are the same and consequently the price of breast implant revision can vary. Factors that can influence the total cost may include the type of implant being placed, the planned surgical technique, implant placement, and the complexity of correcting the preexisting concerns. Dr. Petti’s expertise and the geographic location of our practice may also influence the final price, which may be apparent when comparing the pricing offered by other plastic surgeons around the United States. At the end of your consultation with Dr. Petti, she will quote you a price based upon the specifics of your customized treatment plan. Our office also offers many financing options for patients who could benefit from low or no interest payment plans.
Contact Dr. Petti for Your Consultation
Dr. Christine Petti will be happy to meet with you in a one-on-one consultation to discuss all aspects of revision breast surgery. She will go over all the risks and benefits, answer your questions, and help you determine how the procedure can help you with your needs. Bring the operative records of your original breast surgery and your implant information, so she can develop the proper technical preparation for your unique surgical plan. Together, you and Dr. Petti will discuss and develop a treatment plan with the goal of helping you attain the beautiful breasts you have been hoping for. Please contact Dr. Christine Petti to schedule a consultation.