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Breast revision surgery can involve implant removal, implant exchange, a re-do lift/reduction, or a revision of the breast capsule to combat discomfort and cosmetic irregularities. Complications after breast augmentation, such as capsular contracture, implant malposition, rippling, or rupture, can all be well-addressed through a strategic breast revision surgery with Dr. Barker at our state-of-the-art practice in Denver, CO.

Why Choose Us for a Breast Revision Surgery in Denver?

Dr. Eric Barker and Dr. Garrett Locketz, both Fellowship-trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, combine extensive expertise, skill, and artistry to deliver world-class results in a safety-oriented practice setting. From our innovative, cutting-edge technology and next-generation treatment modalities to our soothing, spacious operating suites and inviting reception area, Peak Plastic Surgery Center provides the ideal atmosphere for patients to attain enhanced self-confidence and quality of life. 

Breast revision surgery is a complex endeavor, especially since the surgeon must deal with residual scar tissue, but Dr. Barker has an intuitive understanding of how to solve even the most complicated concerns, delivering transformational results and improved peace of mind.

What is Breast Revision Surgery?

Breast revision surgery addresses a wide variety of issues that patients may encounter due to a previous breast surgery. Breast revision surgery may include breast implant exchange, breast implant removal, a revision breast augmentation, a revision breast lift (mastopexy), or a capsulectomy/capsulotomy. At Peak Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Barker strives to provide each patient with an individualized surgical plan to obtain optimal results.

Breast revision surgery can address the following:

  • Breast asymmetry
  • Capsular contracture
  • Symmastia
  • Implant malposition
  • BII (Breast Implant Illness)
  • Poor scarring
  • Rippling
  • Rupture
  • Changes in nipple sensation
  • Difficulty nursing
  • A desire to change the implant size or shape
  • A desire to remove the implants

Candidacy

Women pursue breast revision surgery for a wide range of reasons, so in order to determine your candidacy, you will need to meet with Dr. Barker for a private, in-depth consultation. During this initial meeting, he will conduct a physical evaluation and thorough review of your medical history to ensure that the procedure will be safe and effective for you. 

Dr. Barker will explain the techniques he plans to utilize and walk you through what you can expect in terms of your recovery and downtime. Patients should be mentally and physically healthy, at a stable weight, non-smoking, and realistic in their expectations for their outcomes. 

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What Techniques Are Used During Breast Revision Surgery?

Dr. Barker makes use of the latest advances in cosmetic science to deliver outstanding results, accelerating healing while minimizing scarring. He may choose from among the following techniques in pursuit of accomplishing your aesthetic goals:

  • Revising the implant type (saline or silicone), or switching from one implant texture to another
  • Tightening the implant pocket to prevent implant migration
  • Removing or revising the breast capsule
  • Removing the implants and surrounding scar tissue
  • Switching implant position (over or under the pec muscles)
  • Implementing soft tissue reinforcement (internal bra)
  • Performing a breast lift or fat transfer procedure to enhance results

Each breast revision case is unique, and Dr. Barker oftentimes combines techniques in order to arrive at the best possible outcome for each patient.

Implant Removal

For women struggling with more serious implant complications, such as BII (Breast Implant Illness) or BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma), complete removal of the implants and their capsules is required. For other patients, even though their implants are not causing problems, they may wish to return to their previous look prior to augmentation due to changes in aesthetic tastes and sensibilities.

Dr. Barker strives to remove the implants through their original incisions in order to avoid additional scarring. Note that this is only possible with inframammary or areolar incisions, however. Once the chest is restored to its natural appearance, Dr. Barker may perform a breast lift (mastopexy) or fat grafting procedure to ensure that the upper body appears natural, elegant, and feminine.

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Surgical Timeline

  • Surgery
  • Day 3-5 post-op: Discomfort is fading, and patients are able to resume work.
  • Day 7 post-op: First postoperative visit. Dressings are removed, and patients are weaned off pain medications.
  • 2 weeks post-op: Second postoperative visit.
  • 3 weeks post-op: Patients can commence scar therapy if indicated.
  • 4 weeks post-op: Third postoperative visit. Patients can slowly resume physical activity.
  • 6 weeks post-op: Patients can resume normal bra usage.

Note that the timeline is highly dependent on your surgical plan and will be discussed in further detail during your consultation with Dr. Barker.

Postoperative Care

After surgery, the incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with small sterile dressings that will remain in place until the first postoperative visit (within one week of surgery). Postoperative care is highly dependent on your surgical plan and will be discussed in great detail during your consultation with Dr. Barker. Rest assured that he will provide the proper pain medications and in-depth recovery instructions. Patients are allowed to shower 48 hours after surgery if no drains are in place. Patients are fitted with a no-wire surgical bra, which is recommended for the first 6 weeks of recovery. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for the first 4-6 weeks following surgery. They are usually cleared for full activity without restrictions after 2-3 months.

FAQ

Is breast revision surgery safe?

Do I need new breast implants?

Will my revision look natural?

Is breast revision surgery safe?

There are always risks associated with any surgery, but breast revision surgery is generally considered to be a safe procedure. Complications are rare and can be treated successfully. Dr. Barker is a highly experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, so you can be confident that you are in good hands at every stage of the process.

Do I need new breast implants?

It is not always necessary to get new breast implants when you have breast revision surgery. Sometimes, the existing breast implants can be removed without replacement. Peak Plastic Surgery Center will assess your individual situation and make recommendations based on what we believe will provide the best results.

Will my revision look natural?

The goal of breast revision surgery is to create natural-looking results that accomplish your unique aesthetic goals. Even if you are getting new breast implants in Denver, CO, Dr. Barker will take care to place them in a way that looks as natural as possible. We work closely with each patient to ensure their expectations for excellence are exceeded.

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