Breast Implant Revision
Women with breast implants may choose to update their look with breast implant revision surgery. If a previous breast augmentation delivered disappointing results or if age and lifestyle changes have caused you to consider a new look, breast implant revision may be a positive option for you.
As a top female plastic surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Harrington has extensive experience revising previous breast augmentations for patients seeking an updated or improved look. During your consultation, she’ll work closely with you to determine the best approach for delivering your ideal results with breast revision surgery.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery in Plymouth has helped women from Minneapolis-St. Paul with breast augmentation revision. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about breast implant revision, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Revision Surgery?
Almost any woman who feels dissatisfied with her breast augmentation results can be an excellent candidate for breast implant revision surgery. Some of the most common reasons to think about breast implant revision include:*
- You would like a change in breast implant size, type or profile
- Implants have shifted in placement, as in synmastia or lateral displacement
- One or both implants has “bottomed out”
- Capsular contracture, or hardened scar tissue, has developed around implants in one or both breasts
- An implant has developed a leak or rupture
- Weight fluctuations or pregnancy have caused breasts to change in shape or size
- You are interested in complete breast implant removal (explantation)
Breast Augmentation Revision Incisions
Depending on how your initial breast augmentation was performed, Dr. Harrington may be able to use the same incision location to minimize any additional scarring.* However, in some cases, she may need to create a new incision. Most women who have had an inframammary fold incision, which traces along the natural crease below the breast, are able to have breast implant replacement surgery without an additional scar.*
Your Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Breast implant revision is a same-day procedure that typically takes anywhere from 1 to 3 hours from start to finish.* Dr. Harrington performs breast revision surgery under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Patients that have sensitivities to narcotic medications, may benefit from our opioid-free or reduced surgery and recovery customized approach. You should arrive 1 hour before your procedure start time. The recovery phase lasts an additional hour, and you should come to our surgery center with a friend or family member who can drive you home once you are discharged. An adult will need to stay with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
Because every breast implant replacement surgery is different, the exact procedure is customized for each woman. In some cases, the same breast implants can be used, while Dr. Harrington may recommend using new breast implants in other instances.
Depending upon your individual situation, Dr. Harrington may recommend additional procedures to combine with your breast augmentation revision. Women whose breasts have begun to sag due to age, pregnancy or changes in body weight often benefit from including a breast lift, or mastopexy, as part of their breast revision surgery. Breast implant replacement can also be included in a mommy makeover for an updated look.
Breast Implant Revision Recovery
Your recovery experience will depend on how your body responds to surgery, whether you include additional procedures and the exact surgical approach used. In most cases, the recovery process after breast implant replacement is substantially quicker than the recovery from your initial breast augmentation.*
Dr. Harrington may provide you with a special post-surgical garment to wear during the first few days of your recovery in order to minimize swelling.* You will need to refrain from strenuous activities for several weeks as your body heals. If you work a desk job with no heavy lifting, you may feel up to returning to work after only 3 to 5 days of recovery.* Although individual experiences vary, most women can see their final results from breast implant revision within 4 to 6 months.*
It’s important to learn about the possible risks of breast implant revision surgery before your procedure. Dr. Harrington will discuss potential complications with you during your consultation. If you notice any sudden swelling in one of your breasts with increased pain, notify our office immediately.
Breast Implant Revision FAQs
Does insurance cover breast implant revision?
Health insurance generally covers all or part of the costs of breast implant revision if it is performed for medical reasons. If your original breast augmentation was deemed medically necessary or performed following cancer treatment, your breast implant revision procedure may be covered by insurance. Call the number on the back of your insurance card to learn more about what is covered under your policy.
How do I choose a top female plastic surgeon near me?
Some women prefer to work with a female plastic surgeon for their breast procedures. If this is the case for you, first decide whether or not you would like to work with the same plastic surgeon who performed your initial breast augmentation. If you are seeking a revision procedure because you are unhappy with the result of your initial breast augmentation, you might consider consulting another board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.
View before and after breast augmentation photos online, read client reviews and schedule a consultation or two with your top picks to find the best plastic surgeon in your area.
Is breast augmentation revision the best solution for me?
Breast augmentation revision could be right for you if you are unhappy with the results of a previous breast procedure, you would like to change the size or type of implant you currently have, your implants have shifted in position or ruptured or other medical or cosmetic reasons. If you would like to remove your breast implants altogether, talk to your plastic surgeon about breast implant removal.
How do I know if my breast implant is “bottoming out”?
“Bottoming out” occurs when there is not adequate support from the surrounding skin and natural breast tissue to keep the breast implant in place. This causes the implant to reposition itself below the breast crease.
Some signs that one or both implants might be bottoming out include loss of volume in your upper breasts, nipples that appear to point upward, the appearance of a separation between your natural breast tissue and implants and pain or discomfort.
Is breast implant revision painful?
Most women describe recovery after breast implant revision surgery as similar to that after their initial breast augmentation. Expect some swelling, bruising, mild discomfort and tenderness as your body heals. For some women, their breast implant revision recovery is somewhat shorter and with less discomfort than their initial procedure. Your exact recovery experience will depend on the extent of revision necessary in your implant revision procedure.
How long do breast implants last?
Today’s breast implants can last well over 10 years, sometimes even 20 years or more. However, the risk of rupture becomes slightly greater over time, making revisions necessary in some cases. For some women, on the other hand, a breast implant revision procedure is never necessary.
Breast revision surgery offers women a second chance at feeling positive about breast enhancement. If you have questions or would like more information, contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your breast augmentation revision consultation today.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.