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Breast Revision in Houston, TX

Breast augmentation is one of the best-rated cosmetic surgeries. While most women are happy with the outcome of this procedure, there is still a small risk of complications. Some women may feel that the enlarged breasts are either too small or large.

Breast revision plastic surgery helps address issues with a previous breast enlargement procedure. Plastic surgeons start by diagnosing the issue, then create a plan of action to get to the right outcome. This is a complex procedure that needs the hands of a highly experienced surgeon.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers breast revision procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Chris goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Who is a Candidate for Breast Revision?

Breast revision surgery aims to replace previously inserted breast implants with new implants in order to address complications or better suit the patient’s cosmetic goals. You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have breasts that are fully developed
  • You feel that your breasts are either too small even after a breast augmentation procedure
  • You are dissatisfied with the fact that the upper part of your breasts appears ‘empty’
  • You are unhappy that your breasts lost shape and volume due to weight loss, pregnancy, and aging
  • You have breasts that are asymmetrical
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure

 

When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first breast revision consultation in Houston Texas, the surgeon will listen to your worries and examine your breasts before letting you know whether this procedure is for you. If you are a good candidate for breast revision, the treatment approach will be determined by the specific issue.

Reasons for Breast Revision

There are various reasons why women may choose to have a breast revision…

Change in breast size

This is one of the more common reasons why women choose to have a breast revision. It is possible to feel that your breasts are smaller or bigger than you expected after breast augmentation. The patient may want to realize a bigger size or a smaller size. In the revision procedure, the plastic surgeon will work carefully to insert new implants that match the desired size. To nail the procedure, your surgeon will need detailed information about the original surgery.

Breast Implant Deflation

There is a small risk that saline implants may leak – leading to a deflated and sagging breast appearance. While this does not pose health concerns, it leads to an undesirable aesthetic appearance. Patients are left with unattractive and lopsided breasts. Plastic surgeons address this issue by conducting breast revision surgery in order to replace the leaking implants with new one. Because many implant brands come with a lifetime guarantee, the cost of the implant may be covered by the manufacturer.

Capsular contracture

This is a breast augmentation complication where internal scar tissue tightens around the implant. This malpositions the breast implants and causes a variety of symptoms ranging from bleeding to infections. The procedure to correct this issue will vary from one patient to the other. However, plastic surgeons typically perform a revision procedure known as capsulectomy that removes the implant along with the surrounding scar tissue.

Implant malposition

Breast implants may malposition due to several reasons. For once, the pocket holding the implant may be too large, which makes it possible for the implant to shift from its intended position. In the revision procedure, plastic surgeons typically use internal sutures to adjust and strengthen the implant pocket size. External remedies may be available as well depending on the severity of the problem.

Double bubble deformity

This is a complication where the implants tend to seat lower than the old breast crease. It gives the impression of a two-leveled breast. Some of the causes of this include selecting implants that are too heavy to be effectively supported by the chest wall tissues. The treatment method for this will vary from one patient to the other based on the severity of the problem.

Symmastia

This happens when the pockets holding the implants move and meet in the middle of the chest. This leads to the implants getting close to each other and causing the appearance of a single large breast. While this problem can be harder to solve, seasoned plastic surgeons can successfully correct it via a revision procedure.

Breast tissue changes

Even after breast augmentation, your breasts will continue to change in response to factors such as aging, pregnancy, and significant weight loss. This can result in undesirable changes that undo the very benefit of a previous breast enlargement procedure. Breast revision surgery can help restore the initial appearance of a breast augmentation.

Your Initial Breast Revision Consultation

During your first breast revision consultation in Houston Texas, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. The surgeon will want to gather as much information about your initial breast augmentation procedure. Your skin quality will also be evaluated before the surgeon creates a surgical plan to address the concern. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Balinger’s office – is important not just to create a treatment plan but also to get all your questions answered.

Procedure Approach

Breast revision surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited medical facility. The treatment will start with the surgeon’s anesthesiologist administering anesthesia to ensure your safety and comfort. Once this is done, the next step is to create incisions that will be used to access the old implants. The method of correction will be determined by the specific issue that needs to be addressed. After the surgeon has corrected your breast appearance in line with your goals, incisions will be closed and the treatment areas bandaged. This cosmetic surgery typically takes between 2 and four hours to complete. The patient is then placed in an observation room where Dr. Balinger’s team monitors their vitals before they are allowed to go home for recovery.

Recovery after your Breast Revision Surgery

Recovery following breast implant revision surgery in Houston, Texas varies from one patient to the other based on the type of procedure performed. You will need to have someone drive you home and help with chores over the first few days of recovery. Dr. Balinger will ask that you move around as soon as you are able to in order to promote proper blood flow. Many patients experience bruising, swelling, and pain in the first week. You will be given pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infections. You can expect to resume normal activities after about 2 weeks. But heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are prohibited until you get the green light from the surgeon. Make sure to follow the surgeon’s post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy recovery. Dr. Balinger’s office is available to answer your questions or and provide the support you need throughout the recovery duration.

Plan your Procedure in Houston Texas

Breast revision plastic surgery prices Houston can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s breast revision patients can however expect to pay between $4,500 and $9,500 for this treatment. Health insurers typically do not cover the cost of breast revision surgery. However, some manufacturer warranties on implants may cover part of the costs of this procedure. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform breast revision and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for breast revision, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.
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Average Cost
$4,500 – $9,500
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Procedure Time
2-4 Hours
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Recovery Time
2 Weeks
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Insurance
Not Covered
Being unhappy with your breasts after cosmetic breast surgery is a disappointing experience. Breast revision helps correct the issues that have you concerned. Dr. Balinger offers breast revision for women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is breast revision?

Breast revision is a personalized procedure that helps women who are unhappy with the results of their previous breast surgeries. Some of the reasons that women choose to have breast revision surgery are:

  • Issues with the breast implants, such as rippling or rupture
  • Wanting to change the shape, size or texture of the implants
  • Lifestyle changes that are not conducive to having breast implants

How much does breast revision cost?

The average cost of breast revision is $4,500 to $9,500. Because this type of procedure is highly tailored to the needs of the patient, we can best explain your cost after you meet with Dr. Balinger for a consultation. Dr. Balinger offers free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of breast revision?

The primary benefit of breast revision is to help you feel satisfied with your breast shape and size. In some cases, breast revision is necessary to remedy issues with the implants, such as scar tissue or implants that have ruptured or rippled.

How is breast revision performed?

To the degree possible, Dr. Balinger will use the scar lines from your previous breast surgery for the incisions that are needed for breast revision. This is not always possible, so he will describe the surgical technique during the consultation. The specific steps that he follows for the breast revision depend on the nature of the procedure.

If your implants are being removed, he will check for any scarring or other issues that need to be resolved. For women who are replacing their implants, Dr. Balinger uses the existing tissue pocket whenever possible, or he may decide that the results are superior with a new pocket for the implants.

What is recovery like after breast revision?

In most cases, the recovery from breast revision is similar to what you experienced with your original breast surgery. Dr. Balinger explains the recovery process during the consultation.

How long will breast revision results last?

The goal of breast revision is to help you feel comfortable with your breasts for as long as possible. As such, Dr. Balinger takes a great deal of time and care to resolve your concerns with your original breast surgery. We encourage patients to speak openly and candidly with Dr. Balinger during the consultation so that he can factor your concerns into his surgical plan.
Breast revision is a type of plastic surgery that improves the results of your original breast surgery. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers breast revision for women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free breast revision consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.