Breast Augmentation Revision
Many women consider breast implant revision surgery because they are unhappy with the results of a previous breast enlargement procedure, or may be experiencing a complication. Breast augmentation revision can give you a second chance to meet your original appearance goals.
There are many challenges associated with revision breast surgery, including internal or external scar tissue, thin or stretched skin and distorted anatomy of the breast and chest wall. Dr. Eric Mariotti has the advanced skill and experience necessary to make your breast revision a success. The team at Dr. Mariotti’s Concord plastic surgery practice provides a warm and supportive atmosphere where you can feel comfortable sharing your concerns and feel confident about your new look.
Breast Augmentation Revision at a Glance
Candidates for Surgery
Given the large number of women who have breast augmentation, it is not surprising that some procedures do not produce the desired results. Several possible problems may arise after breast enlargement surgery that make breast revision surgery a good option:
- Wrinkled or rippled skin
- Capsular contracture
- An implant that has shifted position (for example, too high or too low)
- Implants that are too far apart (wide cleavage)
What to Expect
Depending on your goals for revision breast enhancement, Dr. Mariotti may remove or replace your breast implants. Some women also choose to change their implant size as part of a revision augmentation procedure. Additional procedures, such as a breast lift, may be included during implant revision surgery.
Most women find the experience of revision breast augmentation very similar to their initial breast augmentation procedure.
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After Your Breast Implant Revision
Recovery times after revision breast augmentation surgery can vary depending on the individual, but tend to be somewhat shorter and more comfortable compared to your first breast surgery. Dr. Mariotti will share specific post-operative instructions for you to follow as you heal, including guidance on breast implant massage.
Discomfort after revision breast surgery can usually be managed with oral pain medication and you should be back to a normal (light) routine the next day.
Breast Augmentation Revision FAQs
There are several symptoms that could indicate the need for breast implant revision, such as breasts that feel overly firm or painful to the touch. Implant malposition or rippling is another reason to consider revision surgery. However, some women choose revision surgery to go up or down in cup size, or to improve some natural sagging that’s occurred over the years due to age.
Capsular contracture is one of the common reasons why women seek out implant revision surgery. During your revision procedure, Dr. Mariotti can remove the hardened scar tissue along with the old implants and use new implants to restore a soft, full look and feel to your breasts again.
The decision whether to remove or replace your implants is a very individual one. However, Dr. Mariotti can discuss the pros and cons of each option with you to help you make the choice that’s best for you.
Whenever possible, Dr. Mariotti attempts to use your existing breast augmentation scars for revision surgery. For some women, different incision locations may be necessary to achieve the best outcome, but this is something that Dr. Mariotti will discuss with you at length during your consultation.
Because every breast augmentation revision procedure is highly customized, it is difficult to give a precise cost without a consultation. The total cost will depend on your specific needs and goals, along with the experience of the plastic surgeon.
The best way to get an accurate cost estimate for your breast implant revision is to schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your procedure.
In most cases, yes. Breast augmentation revision is usually more complex than the initial breast augmentation, especially if you are seeking a revision procedure as a result of complications from your first breast augmentation. For minor corrections, breast implant revision may cost the same as or less than the initial procedure.
If you were not satisfied with your breast implant results from another plastic surgeon, it is a good idea to get a second or third opinion from other reputable plastic surgeons in your area. Use word-of-mouth and online referrals to find a highly qualified board-certified plastic surgeon near you who has experience specifically with breast augmentation revision procedures.
You will need to wait until your incisions have fully healed from your initial breast augmentation before getting a revision procedure, unless there is a medical reason why a revision would need to be performed sooner. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll need to wait at least six months after your breast augmentation before getting a breast implant revision.
Many women who get a breast implant revision say that this procedure is less uncomfortable than their initial breast augmentation. During your procedure, you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort, as breast augmentation revision is performed under general anesthesia. Expect to experience some discomfort, tightness, swelling and bruising in the days and weeks following your breast implant revision surgery.
In many cases, the recovery after a breast augmentation revision is shorter and less complex than after initially getting breast implants. However, your specific recovery experience will depend on the details of your revision procedure, lifestyle habits and other factors.
Recovery restrictions following your breast implant revision surgery will likely be similar to those after your initial breast augmentation. Dr. Mariotti will provide you with detailed recovery guidelines and instructions to make your recovery process as smooth and comfortable as possible.
There is no set time when you will necessarily need to have a breast implant revision or have your implants removed. Periodic monitoring of your implants is advised. At your consultation, Dr. Mariotti can help you decide if a revision procedure could be right for you at this time.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.