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Breast Surgery - when Can It Be Redone?

I have recently had my breast done and unhappy with the size. How long do I have to wait to have it re-done?

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Breast Surgery

Thanks for your question. Most surgeons would ask you to wait at least 3 months before additional surgery unless there was a specific complication associated with your procedure. I am assuming you had a breast augmentation (though from your question I suppose you could have also had a breast reduction or other procedure.) This time will allow the majority of swelling to resolve so that issues with size can be more accurately assessed (you want to be sure the implant size is the issue, not the swelling caused from the surgery). In my East Bay area practice we perform breast augmentations we spend a great deal of time with patients discussing issues of breast size. When patients are not quite sure about the size I will lend them several different sized implants to try for a week or two. If your plastic surgeon can't (or won't!) do this try bags of rice. The important thing here is you really need to try to wear the "trial size" implants as much as possible. This means try them with different clothes, (swimsuits, professional wear, casual wear, formal wear) but it also means while driving, while working out, while sleeping. It isn't a perfect way to see what the implants will be like, but it is pretty close. When considering your second surgery I think this may be an even more important step for you. In addition, find someone who has experience is revision breast augmentations and always go to a board certified plastic surgeon. I hope this helps and please feel free to contact my office for additional discussion.

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