Designing a surgical plan that can deliver a satisfactory result for women seeking surgical revision after breast augmentation can be quite diﬃcult. It still requires the plastic surgeon to obtain a good history, perform a careful clinical examination and identify the woman’s concerns and goals.
Revisional surgery after breast augmentation is typically more complex, because of the diversity of presentations and the interval elapsed since their primary surgery. Additional surgery may be required because of anatomical changes caused by the previous procedure or that have occurred over me. This information must be explained to and understood by women who may be expecting an easy ﬁx. Furthermore, plastic surgeons may face the challenge of communicating with a dissatisﬁed and angry patient and therefore, in-depth and honest discussions outlining the risks, beneﬁts, and costs of the various options remain paramount for achieving success.
There are 3 key facts women seeking revisional surgery after breast augmentation need to consider:
1) Your plastic surgeon needs to listen carefully to what you’re saying. They must ﬁnd out what’s motivating you in order to satisfy your goals. If your problem, however, is imperceptible to them, or you’re seeking an outcome they consider unattainable, they may not be able to help you reach your goals.
2) Use visuals to enhance your consultation. Visuals are extremely useful in helping you to understand all your options. Your plastic surgeon should draw schematic diagrams to explain the various techniques and present you with lots of pictures of previous patients, which should be catalogued by physical attributes, rather than by implant volume or bra size.
3) Make sure all your options are given to you in detail. Your plastic surgeon should take a systematic approach to counseling you about your surgical options, beginning by describing the simplest, least-expensive procedure and moving up in terms of complexity and cost. Outlining all of the information so that you understand the basis for your recommendations and the likely outcomes should help you reach an informed decision and choose an operation that will deliver a satisfactory result.
If you have cost in mind and are dissatisﬁed after your recent primary surgery, then try and rectify the situation by returning to your previous surgeon. If this is not an option because of poor surgeon-patient communication, then you should seek another surgeon.
Thanks for reading!
Dr Tim – Sydney Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon