How Soon Can I Have a Revision Surgery After Breast Implants?

i just got 550cc implants and i hate them! im 5'7 140 pounds my band size is 36. How soon can i get them redone?

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How soon can you revise your breast implants?

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It might be too early to consider a breast revision at this point in your recovery. I usually tell my patients that you are about 85% of the way to your final result in 3 months and achieve it by one year.

Your final results following a breast augmentation are mostly present; including "dropping of the implant", when implants are below the muscle, within the first 3 months for most and certainly by a year. Breast implants initially after surgery when placed in a submuscular position often give superior fullness that corrects itself with time, the "fluff and drop" phenomena. In reality the pectoralis major muscle takes a while to adjust its size to accommodate the implant as well as occasional muscle spasm which keeps the implant projection higher than its final resting shape. Additional variables include:laxity of skin, size difference during prior pregnancies, position of implant,size of muscle, and size of implant.
As the muscle relaxes the projection of the implant often increases and the breast shape improves. Massage and use of a superior placed elastic strap can often make this process go faster.

The two breasts commonly heal quite differently. One breast may swell more, feel more uncomfortable, or have a different initial shape. After complete healing, they will be more similar and natural. You must have patience, but if this causes concern, ask questions of the doctor or the nursing staff. I will explain in the link below. 

Revision breast surgery

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It depends on why you hate them. Some patients need a period of adjustment to physically and emotionally get used to their new breasts. Some complaints may be related to the healing process and could get better or worse. You should ask your surgeon about these factors. You can remove them or exchange them at any time, but you need to be clear on what you want in their place otherwise you could be just as unhappy.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

How Soon Can I Have a Revision Surgery After Breast Implants

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Depending on the reason for #revision, it's typically  best to wait approximately 6 to 12 months to undergo the next breast procedure.  Matters such as sagging or drooping  and size change will not improve with time. As with all cosmetic surgery, results will be rewarding if expectations are realistic. With any surgical procedure, there are some risks which your doctor will discuss with you during your consultation. It's best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeons who have specialized in breast surgery and cosmetic surgery are suitable to perform your breast augmentation. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. Aside from checking board-certification, it is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision. Please be advised that each patient is unique and previous results are not a guarantee for individual outcomes. 

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

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Wait a few months before revision breast augmentation

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You should wait at least four months to six months before considering a revision, as it usually takes this long for your breasts to settle. However, if you recovery rate is slow, then you should wait a little longer.

Weight 3-6 months for revision of breast implant surgery

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Thank you for your question.  In my practice I recommend waiting 3-6 months before revising, removing or changing breast implants after breast augmentation.  Of course you should follow the advice of the plastic surgeon who did your breast augmentation.

Dissatisfaction with implants

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It depends on why you are dissatisfied.  At the very least, it will take a few weeks for the tissue swelling to improve enought to allow revision. Discuss this very carefully with your plastic surgeon.

Dustin L. Reid, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation revisions

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The essence of good plastic surgery, particularly for cosmetic plastic surgery, is knowing what is going to be done and what the result should be from that procedure. If the procedure is done properly, the way it was agreed upon, then there is a period of of healing and several weeks to months for tissue recovery and final results. Generally I require three months for full tissue recovery after breast augmentation but longer periods are sometimes a good idea depending on the issue. Attitude about the results is much more difficult to assess or control. 

Then there is the issue of what is a revision and what is dissatisfaction with the outcome and a desire to change or undo it. If you had a tattoo and it was done exactly as you had specified but you then decided you didn't like it or wanted it gone, that wouldn't be a revision. If a patient healed properly from her breast augmentation and decides that she doesn't like the size or type of the implant she can choose to change it but that wouldn't be a revision, it would be a patient choice just like choosing to do the procedure the first time. What is to be done and what that would do (or change) are just as important.

The problem in breast augmentation is that there is no good way to measure the size of the breast before or after the procedure and no good way to show the patient what the result will look like on her. Additionally, there are many surgeons doing breast augmentation who, in my opinion, don't know how to size implants in a consistent manner and even change the size or type of implant during the procedure. This makes it hard for the patient to feel she got the result she was expecting. 

Nevertheless, revisions are to attempt to correct something that didn't heal the way it was supposed to or expected to and changes of breast implant size or type is a choice after the tissues have had a chance to fully recover from the first procedure. I call this a "replacement augmentation" or "reaumentation" rather than a revision. 

Scott L. Replogle, MD
Boulder Plastic Surgeon

Augmentation revisions

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Hopefully you were part of the decision process of what size to select as most who are involved are quite delighted with their results.

If you feel your results do not meet your expectations, you really have to determine what is not right about them.  If too large, you can have them removed or deflated if saline and my preference is to return a few months later after you have healed so the pocket can be customized for your new implant.  If you are too small than what you desired, I would counsel you on waiting until you have had time to adjust to your new look as many brassieres can add a cup or 2 quite easily.   If its something else, then you would have to be more specific about your dissatisfaction before a plan can be created.

You will find many alternatives to approaching your problem and more than one way may be right.  Good luck on achieving what your wanted.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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We don't use breast implants larger than 500cc's, and that rarely.

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I am sure you are much too big.  A revision breast augmentation can be done anytime.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

When is breast revision the best choice

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I'm sorry you are not happy with your breast surgery results. As you can see by the other plastic surgeon's responses, it is best to allow some healing to occur before making a change. I can't tell if you feel as though you are too large or what it is you don't like about your results. The most appropriate thing to do is to meet with your plastic surgeron and discuss your concerns and review what your options are.

I hope this helps.

Dr Edwards

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