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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center

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Weston, Florida
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Secondary Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation remains consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures among women. Its ability to enhance underdeveloped breasts, restore breasts that have lost shape and volume after childbirth or weight loss, or correct breast asymmetry and position can help women feel more confident and attractive. While this procedure is extremely safe and has a low incidence of complications, there are times when additional surgery is necessary. Secondary breast augmentation can improve the position of a breast implant, adjust the capsule or pocket, and enhance breast shape to produce an attractive, natural appearance for the breasts.

What Can Secondary Breast Augmentation Correct?

After breast augmentation, a biological capsule forms around each implant. The capsule is a fibrous membrane that should be thin and pliable, allowing the implant to feel soft in the breast. If in rare cases, the capsule thickens and constricts due to inflammation or for other reasons, it is called capsular contracture. Symptoms of capsular contracture include a firm-feeling breast, pain, coldness, and visible distortion with malposition of the implant and breast asymmetry. Secondary breast augmentation uses various techniques to repair capsular contracture, replace the implant, and restore the breasts.

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Complications such as those described above are infrequent and not guaranteed to occur. However, when they do happen, they often cause cosmetic issues and occasionally physical discomfort or concerns. Any surgical complications after breast augmentation can and should be corrected with secondary breast augmentation. This procedure can eliminate the problem and improve the appearance of the breasts.

Addressing Your Concerns

  • Recovery

    After your secondary breast augmentation, you may experience some swelling and bruising. Depending on the techniques used for your procedure, you may also feel tightness or pressure for the first few days. A compression garment may be provided to minimize swelling and hold your breasts in position as they heal. You should plan to take at least one week (possibly two) off from work so that you will have time to recover. After your initial augmentation surgery, you may resume light physical activities two weeks later but should postpone strenuous activities for approximately four weeks. Major swelling should subside by six weeks after the procedure.

  • Scars

    The surgical techniques used for your secondary breast augmentation may leave some scarring. However, in many cases, the surgeon can disguise scarring by placing the incision in the same location as was used for the initial augmentation procedure. How your body heals will be the key determining factor in the appearance of any scarring. Most incision scars are likely to fade over time.

  • Cost

    The cost of secondary breast augmentation varies per patient because the procedure is highly customized. Influencing factors include surgical fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, implant type, location, and medications. Dr. Messa will ensure that your procedure is catered to meet your needs, and this will be reflected in the cost of your treatment plan.

  • Pain

    Some discomfort, soreness, and pressure can occur after secondary breast augmentation. Prescribed medications will alleviate any discomfort until it subsides naturally. The compression garment will assist in minimizing swelling, which can also help to reduce discomfort during recovery.

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