Breast Reconstruction Revision

Breast reconstruction surgery is a critical aspect of restoring confidence after a mastectomy. Sadly, in some cases, the breast reconstruction may not have met your expectations. Various problems may have left you feeling dissatisfied with the appearance of restored breast or breasts, including.

  • Capsular contracture
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Rippling
  • Excessive scarring
  • Restored breast fails to match remaining breast
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Poor or unnatural breast shape
  • Breasts that appear unnatural
  • Flap reconstruction failures

The Art of Breast Reconstruction Revision

Breast reconstruction revision surgery requires surgical skill, artistry, and experience in performing the most advanced surgical techniques. We are proud of our reputation for surgical excellence and our artistic approach to difficult surgical procedures, including breast reconstruction revision.

Breast Reconstruction Before & Afters

Breast Reconstruction Revision Charlotte, NC | Criswell & Criswell
Breast Reconstruction Revision Charlotte, NC | Criswell & Criswell

Advanced Surgical Techniques For Breast Reconstruction Revision

After undergoing breast reconstruction surgery, one hopes that the days ahead will be problem-free. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Every patient is living with unique issues, and only a complete evaluation will reveal the procedure – or combination of procedures – that will be necessary.

At Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, our highly-skilled plastic surgeons are committed to assisting women who are unhappy with the results of breast reconstruction surgery. The range of procedures that could be used include:

  • Scar revision
  • Nipple reconstruction
  • Implant replacement
  • Breast lift and reshaping for remaining natural breast
  • Surgical correction for capsular contracture
  • Natural fat transfer
  • Liposuction
  • Flap surgery correction

Breast Reconstruction Revision Surgery in Charlotte, NC

Women who require breast reconstruction revision want to ensure that the second procedure is successful and resolves all the cosmetic problems thoroughly. It is vital that the revision surgery is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon who employs the most advanced surgical techniques and is known for producing beautiful results

At Criswell & Criswell, we are proud to have garnered a reputation for surgical excellence in this important procedure. Our surgical team is the recipient of various awards and accolades, including Charlotte Magazine “Top Doc” Awards and “Best in the City” awards. Our plastic surgery clinic in Charlotte has been designed around patient comfort and safety and is Quad A certified, meeting hospital standards for patient health and safety.

Your Breasts After Mastectomy

Restoring your breasts after a mastectomy can be accomplished in various ways, depending upon the needs and wishes of the individual patient. The types of procedures used include:

  • Implant reconstruction (saline or silicone)
  • Flap reconstruction (uses transplanted tissue from another body area)
  • Nipple reconstruction

Any of these procedures can produce less-than-satisfactory results. Whether the original surgery was not performed correctly, or a later complication developed, breast reconstruction revision may be needed when something has gone wrong. When it is time to undergo another surgery, particularly after the long and stressful road to health after breast cancer, you want to ensure the surgery is performed by a highly-rated plastic surgeon. With a five-star rating on Healthgrades, Dr. Bryan Criswell has garnered a reputation for being one a leading plastic surgeon serving the Charlotte area.

Candidates for Breast Reconstruction Revision Surgery

Women who are unhappy with the results of an earlier breast reconstruction, are in good health, and not currently undergoing cancer treatment are typically good candidates for revision surgery. In many cases, this surgery is covered by health insurance. We invite you to visit us to speak with us about your concerns and to have your condition evaluated.

How Long is Breast Reconstructive Revision Surgery?

Revision surgery typically takes place about three months after the initial surgery. In many cases, the revision is part of a full breast reconstruction procedure to finalize the appearance of the reconstructed breast, to match symmetry with the remaining breast, or to perform reshaping.

The length of time needed for your surgical procedure and what corrective surgical actions will be required will vary, based upon your unique needs and the type of reconstruction that was initially performed. The surgery typically ranges from one to four hours in most cases.

What to Expect: Recovery from Breast Reconstruction Revision

The recovery time will vary, based upon the number of procedures needed to create natural-looking, symmetrical breasts. While some women may require more extensive surgical revisions, in most cases the timeline for recovery requires less time than what was experienced after the original surgery.

Bruising, swelling, itching and some discomfort are to be expected but can be managed with prescription pain medication (when needed) in the early stages. At Criswell & Criswell, we carefully monitor our patients through every stage of recovery.

While we recommend waiting a full week before returning to work, some patients are able to do it in 5 or 6 days, provided the work does not require physical strain. Normal bras and bikini tops may be worn once two weeks have passed. Exercise and any sort of strenuous activity are prohibited for the first five days following surgery. Light exercise may be resumed at this point, but more vigorous physical activity should not take place until three weeks since surgery.

Your relationship with our office is not over once the procedure is complete. For the weeks and months following the surgery, we are at your disposal—you are more than welcome to call whenever you like with any questions or concerns. Additionally, there will be several follow up appointments with your surgeon to check on the healing process. This will include information regarding breast health, including self-examination, exercise, sleeping habits and any future need for imaging or mammography.

The Benefits of Breast Reconstruction Revision

The benefits of finally achieving natural-looking breasts go far beyond the cosmetic. The confidence in your body image is a critical aspect in a full recovery and restored emotional wellbeing. When your breasts appear natural, including a pleasing nipple structure, your confidence in your body can soar – with life ahead free from personal concerns or embarrassment about asymmetry, unbalanced breasts, or other problem.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Your health, safety, and wellbeing is our top priority.

Our office is open, and we are excited to be providing you with select services! Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is leading the way in Charlotte and the South East region with our cutting edge technology, and continued safety measures We appreciate the trust you place in us and wish to assure you we are addressing the COVID-19 outbreak at the highest level to continue to ensure you enjoy an exceptional experience.

Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is committed to taking proactive precautions, grounded in science, to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. In addition to our already stringent policies, our office has implemented strict protocols and procedures based on the recommendations of The American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service Task Force, and the CDC. All staff members and surgical patients have tested negative for COVID-19 meaning our Quad A certified surgical suite is among the safest centers in the region.

We strive to consistently provide you with cutting edge technology for an exceptional patient experience. Our practice offers virtual consultations which you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Our virtual consultation process ensures you have ample time to have your questions answered and spend time getting to know your physician. You can also enjoy full access to your skincare specialist, nurses, and Patient Coordinators through virtual visits.

We know everyone is very busy and your time is valuable. Our in-person visits are designed with you in mind to keep your wait times short, and your in-room time effective and focused on your goals so we can get you back to your life.

We are privileged to serve you at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery and are here to support you during these uncertain times.

Sincerely and with warm regards,

Bryan K. Criswell M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kara K. Criswell M.D., F.A.C.S.

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