Breast reconstruction is a complex process of surgically recreating one or both breasts. The need for breast reconstruction can stem from a variety of issues, including congenital abnormalities, cancer, or trauma to the chest. Unfortunately, even with excellent medical management, not all breast reconstruction procedures bring satisfying results. In some instances, the reconstructed breast may not be symmetrical with the healthy breast, or may simply look unnatural. However, there is hope for these patients at the Naderi Center. With our innovative revision breast reconstruction procedure, men and women have a chance to permanently improve the results from their initial procedure.
Expected results with Revision Breast Reconstruction
- Improvement of breast asymmetry – When only one breast is reconstructed originally, it is not uncommon for asymmetry to occur, as the natural breast tissue may not match the shape or position of the newly reconstructed breast. Additionally, over time, the natural breast tissue may change, causing the breasts to become uneven.
- Improvement of unfavorable scarring – Scarring after a mastectomy and the initial breast reconstruction procedure are to be expected. In some cases, however, severe, unexpected scarring can occur, leaving the breast feeling hard and looking unattractive.
- Better esthetic and natural appearance of breasts as well as a soft feel to the touch
- Correction of breast implant complications such as displacement, capsular contracture, or rupture
- Restored pride in your appearance
|What is the pain level after the surgery?||Mild to moderate|
|Anesthesia type (if applicable)||General anesthesia|
|Duration of Surgery||2-4 hours|
|Where will scaring for this procedure be?||Varied|
|Timeframe to begin showing final results||2-3 weeks|
|When is the patient able to return to regular activities?||1 week|
|When is the patient able to resume exercise?||2-3weeks|
|Cost of surgeon’s fee||Insurance|
The Recovery Following a Revision Breast Reconstruction
Women can expect their revision breast reconstruction recovery to take from one to two weeks. Swelling and tenderness are common. While the technique is normally less painful than the original reconstruction, moderate discomfort is normal. Dr. Anderson will prescribe the needed medications for a smooth recovery period. Most women will feel well enough to return to work in seven to ten days, sometimes less.
As with the initial breast reconstruction procedure, there should be no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for four to six weeks. A surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks following the procedure, ensuring the breasts heal quickly and as desired. It will take up to six months for the swelling to completely resolve and the breasts to heal accordingly. At this time, the full benefits of the breast reconstruction revision can be seen.
Risks, Safety and Complications after Revision Breast Reconstruction
Breast reconstruction surgery does involve a variety of risks and potential complications. It is important to choose a board certified experienced breast reconstruction surgeon in order to minimize changes of things going wrong. Dr. Anderson has performed hundreds of satisfying breast reconstruction revision procedures, over the years. She has developed her own unique techniques for the procedure as well as guidelines to help minimize post-operative complications.
Possible Complications after a Breast Reconstruction can Include:
- Risks of General Anesthesia
- Excessive Bleeding
- Skin changes or discoloration
- Poor incision healing
- Fluid accumulation or what is known as a seroma
- Nerve Damage or numbness on the skin
- Implants carry mild risks for rupture, malposition, asymmetry, and capsular contracture
- Flap surgery can risk partial loss of sensation along both the donor and reconstruction areas
- Death of fatty tissue or fat necrosis
- Need for revision surgery
Revision Breast Reconstruction with Dr. Erica Anderson
The Naderi Center’s Dr. Erica Anderson is highly experience in breast reconstruction. Using the latest techniques for reshaping the breasts and reducing scar tissue, Dr. Anderson helps her patients to improve the size, shape, and symmetry of their chest.
During your consultation Dr. Anderson will perform a physical exam to evaluate the existing breast tissue. She will listen to your expectations for revision and review your desired results. After going over the available revision options, Dr. Anderson will show before and photos of her recent breast reconstruction revision patients; this will help in a visualization of the potential results. Once the benefits and the limitations of surgery are explained, it will be determined if a breast reconstruction revision is the right path for you.
Depending on the patient’s unique situation, Dr. Anderson will create a one-of-a-kind surgical plan to achieve a proportionate, balanced chest, restoring confidence and self-esteem. Benefits of the revision breast reconstruction from Dr. Anderson and the Naderi Center include
Schedule your Revision Breast Reconstruction consultation
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your chest, place your trust in a respected plastic surgeon, experienced in revision breast reconstruction procedures. Dr. Anderson and her esteemed associates, Dr. Shervin Naderi and Dr. Jessica Kulak, bring decades of combined experienced in aesthetic procedures. The Naderi Center is one of the top providers of plastic and reconstructive surgery on the east coast. Dr. Anderson’s breast reconstruction revision techniques can help women and men to achieve the natural-looking, contoured results they are searching for.
Call the Naderi Center’s Chevy Chase office at 301.222.2020 or the Reston, Virginia office at 703.481.0002 for more information on the breast reconstruction revision procedure. Consultations with Dr. Anderson can be billed through insurance if you have out of network benefits with your insurance provider. For those patients who are not in the Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia area, a virtual consultation with Dr. Anderson can be arranged.
Revision Breast Reconstruction Questions to ask
How soon after my initial breast reconstruction can I consider a revision procedure?
Patients need to wait at least six months after their initial breast reconstruction before the revision procedure is performed.
Will insurance cover the cost of my revision breast reconstruction procedure?
In many cases, health insurance will cover the costs of a revision breast reconstruction procedure. The Naderi Center’s experienced patient coordinators are available to assist with your insurance and to determine your coverage. We also offer a variety of payment options, should there be any out-of-pocket expenses.