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Popular Questions and Answers about Breast Revision Surgery

Breast revision surgery is a procedure that is performed to correct or modify the results of a previous breast surgery, such as a breast augmentation, reduction, or reconstruction. It is a highly individualised procedure that takes into account the unique circumstances and goals of each patient. Dr Bish Soliman, a renowned surgeon in this field, often emphasises the importance of a detailed consultation to understand the patient’s expectations and to plan the surgery accordingly. Here we address some of the most common FAQs about breast revision surgery to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the procedure.

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Breast Revision Surgery FAQs

1.    What is breast revision surgery?

  • Breast revision surgery is a secondary procedure that is performed to correct or improve the results of a previous breast surgery. It can involve a variety of interventions including changing the size or type of implants, correcting complications, or improving the aesthetic outcome. Dr Bish Soliman is known for his meticulous approach to breast revision surgery, ensuring that the results align with the patient’s expectations.

2.    Who is a suitable candidate for breast revision surgery?

  • Suitable candidates for breast revision surgery are individuals who are dissatisfied with the results of a previous breast surgery, or who have experienced complications such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, or asymmetry. Dr Bish Soliman recommends that candidates should be in good health, have realistic expectations, and be non-smokers to facilitate a smoother recovery process.

3.    What can I expect during the consultation with Dr Bish Soliman?

  • During the consultation, Dr Bish Soliman will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your medical history to understand your concerns and goals for the surgery. He will explain the different options available and help you make an informed decision. It is a collaborative process where you can ask questions and express your expectations openly to ensure the best possible outcome.

4.    What is the recovery process like after breast revision surgery?

  • The recovery process after breast revision surgery generally involves some downtime to allow for healing. Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the initial period following the surgery. Dr Bish Soliman often advises patients to take at least one to two weeks off work to recover, and to avoid strenuous activities for a period of six weeks.

5.    What kind of results can I expect from breast revision surgery?

  • The results of breast revision surgery can vary depending on the individual circumstances and the complexity of the procedure. Dr Bish Soliman aims to achieve a natural and harmonious appearance that meets the patient’s expectations.

6.    How long after my initial surgery can I undergo breast revision surgery?

  • The appropriate time to undergo breast revision surgery can vary based on individual circumstances and the nature of the concerns you are experiencing. Generally, it is advisable to wait for a period of 12 months to allow the body to fully heal and the results of the initial surgery to stabilise. Dr Bish Soliman often recommends giving your body ample time to recover to achieve the most satisfactory results from the revision surgery.

7.    Can breast revision surgery be combined with other procedures?

  • Yes, breast revision surgery can often be combined with other procedures. Keep in mind that when combining procedures, the recovery time can be longer. Dr Bish Soliman will work with you to develop a surgical plan that meets your goals and ensures your safety.

8.    What are the potential risks and complications associated with breast revision surgery?

  • Like all surgical procedures, breast revision surgery carries some risks and potential complications. These may include infection, bleeding, poor scarring, and changes in nipple or breast sensation. Dr Bish Soliman takes all necessary precautions to minimise risks, including conducting a thorough pre-operative assessment.

9.    How is breast revision surgery different from primary breast augmentation?

  • Breast revision surgery is more complex than primary breast augmentation as it involves correcting issues or changing results from a previous surgery. It may involve removing or replacing implants, correcting asymmetry, or addressing complications such as capsular contracture. Dr Bish Soliman leverages his extensive experience to navigate the complexities of revision surgery.

10. Will my insurance cover the costs of breast revision surgery?

  • Insurance coverage for breast revision surgery can vary greatly depending on your individual policy and the reasons for undergoing the surgery. In some cases, if the surgery is deemed medically necessary, it may be covered by insurance. Dr Bish Soliman’s team can assist you in understanding your coverage and exploring financing options to help you plan your surgery.

11. What kind of anaesthesia is used during breast revision surgery?

  • Breast revision surgery is performed under general anaesthesia to ensure the comfort and safety of the patient throughout the procedure. Dr Bish Soliman and his team prioritise the patient’s well-being, working closely with experienced anaesthetists to provide the most appropriate anaesthesia plan for each individual.

12. How long does breast revision surgery take?

  • The duration of breast revision surgery can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the procedure. Generally, it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Dr Bish Soliman takes a meticulous approach to ensure that the surgery is conducted with the highest level of precision, which sometimes means taking additional time to achieve the best possible outcome.

13. Will there be visible scars after breast revision surgery?

  • While all surgeries result in some degree of scarring, Dr Bish Soliman utilises different surgical techniques to minimise visible scarring and place incisions in discreet locations, such as in the natural folds of the skin or around the areola. Over time, with proper care, the scars will fade and become less noticeable.

14. Can I breastfeed after undergoing breast revision surgery?

  • The ability to breastfeed after breast revision surgery can depend on various factors including the specifics of your surgery and individual anatomical considerations. While some women can breastfeed successfully after the surgery, it is not guaranteed. Dr Bish Soliman encourages patients to discuss any concerns and plans for future breastfeeding during the consultation process to tailor the surgical approach accordingly.

15. How can I ensure the best results from my breast revision surgery?

  • Achieving the best results from your breast revision surgery involves following all pre and post-operative instructions provided by Dr Bish Soliman. This includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding smoking, and attending all follow-up appointments to monitor your progress. Dr Soliman is committed to working closely with each patient to ensure a successful outcome and is available to address any concerns or questions you may have throughout your journey.

16. What are some of the reasons individuals choose to undergo breast revision surgery?

  • Individuals opt for breast revision surgery for a variety of reasons including dissatisfaction with the results of a previous surgery, changes in preference over time, or experiencing complications such as implant rupture or capsular contracture. Dr Bish Soliman often consults with patients who have undergone changes in their life circumstances, such as weight fluctuations or pregnancy, which have affected the appearance of their breasts post-surgery.

17. How do I choose the right surgeon for my breast revision surgery?

  • Choosing the right surgeon is a critical step in your breast revision surgery journey. It is advisable to select a surgeon with extensive experience in breast surgeries. Ensure to review the plastic surgeon’s before-and-after gallery and have a detailed consultation to assess your comfort level with the plastic surgeon.

18. Can I switch from saline to silicone implants or vice versa during breast revision surgery?

  • Yes, it is possible to switch from saline to silicone implants or vice versa during breast revision surgery. Dr Bish Soliman can guide you in making an informed decision based on your individual preferences, lifestyle, and the results you desire. He will discuss the pros and cons of each type of implant to help you choose the option that best suits your needs.

19. What is capsular contracture and how is it addressed in breast revision surgery?

  • Capsular contracture is a complication where the scar tissue that forms around the breast implant tightens, causing the breast to feel hard and sometimes painful. Dr Bish Soliman addresses capsular contracture through various techniques including the removal of the scar tissue and, in some cases, replacing the implant. His approach aims to restore a softer, more natural feel and appearance to the breasts while minimising the risk of recurrence.

20. How can I prepare for my breast revision surgery?

  • Preparing for breast revision surgery involves following the guidelines provided by Dr Bish Soliman, which may include undergoing necessary medical evaluations, stopping certain medications, and quitting smoking. It is also advisable to arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery and assist you in the initial days of recovery. Dr Soliman’s team will provide you with a comprehensive pre-operative plan to ensure you are fully prepared for the surgery.

21. What is the cost of breast revision surgery?

  • The cost of breast revision surgery can vary significantly based on a range of factors including the complexity of the procedure, the plastic surgeon’s experience, and geographical location. Dr Bish Soliman is known for providing a transparent breakdown of all potential costs during the consultation process, helping you to plan your surgery without any hidden surprises. It is always recommended to prioritise quality and safety over cost when considering surgery.

22. Can breast revision surgery address asymmetry issues?

  • Yes, breast revision surgery can effectively address asymmetry issues, whether they are a result of a previous surgery or natural variations. Dr Bish Soliman takes a meticulous approach to ensure that the breasts are as symmetrical as possible, enhancing the natural harmony and balance of your physique. This might involve adjusting the size, shape, or position of one or both implants to achieve a more symmetrical appearance.

23. What is the lifespan of breast implants? Do they need to be replaced?

  • Breast implants are not lifetime devices and may need to be replaced at some point. The lifespan of an implant can vary, but they generally last between 10 to 20 years. Dr Bish Soliman advises regular check-ups to monitor the condition of the implants and to determine if a replacement is necessary, ensuring the longevity of the results and your ongoing health and safety.

24. Can breast revision surgery help in cases of implant rupture or leakage?

  • Absolutely, breast revision surgery is often the recommended course of action in cases of implant rupture or leakage. Dr Bish Soliman is experienced in handling such complications, removing the damaged implant and replacing it with a new one to restore the aesthetics and prevent any potential health risks. It is important to address implant ruptures promptly to avoid further complications.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman - Sydney Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, about us 01 2x
Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.


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