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.

Board-certified 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 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. 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.

Next Steps

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.