Steven Bloch MD - Body by Bloch
Breast revision surgery is normally done under general anesthesia. You may need to stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days after surgery. The surgery takes 2 to 6 hours. Once in the operating room, you will be given anesthesia. Your surgeon then cuts open your breast augmentation scar to remove the old implant. Previous incision lines are used to avoid creating more scars after recovery. Your surgeon may, however, have to make more incisions in the removal and placement of the new implant. The new implant may be placed under or over the chest muscle. Change in breast implant size requires extension or reduction of the breast pocket initially used. This is done by surgically enlarging the incision or reducing its length by use of stitches. Permanent removal of implant involves removal of the surrounding capsule to hasten recovery. After breast replacement or removal, incisions are sutured. Drains are also placed and gauze placed over the breasts.