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Breast Implant (Revision)

Breast implant revision surgery is a procedure performed to address and correct issues related to previous breast augmentation surgery or to make changes to the existing implants. Individuals may opt for breast implant revision for various reasons, including addressing complications, changing implant size or type, improving aesthetic outcomes, or addressing changes in the breasts over time.

Common Reasons for Revision:

  • Capsular Contracture: The formation of scar tissue around the implant, causing it to become firm or distorted.

  • Implant Rupture or Leakage: Silicone or saline implants may rupture or leak over time.

  • Implant Malposition: Implants may shift or move from their original position, leading to asymmetry.

  • Changes in Aesthetic Preferences: Individuals may wish to change the size, shape, or type of implants for aesthetic reasons.

  • Changes After Pregnancy or Weight Loss: Pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight changes can impact the appearance of the breasts.

Consultation and Evaluation:

  • Comprehensive Assessment: A qualified plastic surgeon will conduct a thorough examination of the breasts, assess the condition of the existing implants, and discuss the patient's concerns and goals.

  • Diagnostic Imaging: Imaging studies, such as ultrasound or MRI, may be used to evaluate the integrity of the implants.

Procedure Details:

  • Capsulectomy: Removal of the scar tissue (capsule) around the implant, commonly performed in cases of capsular contracture.

  • Implant Replacement: If there is a rupture, leakage, or desire for a change, the surgeon may replace the implants with new ones.

  • Implant Adjustment: Addressing issues like malposition or asymmetry may involve adjusting the placement of the implants or using different surgical techniques.

  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy): In cases where sagging has occurred, a breast lift may be performed in conjunction with implant revision to restore a more youthful appearance.


  • Downtime: Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the revision, but patients can typically expect some swelling and discomfort.

  • Follow-Up Visits: Regular follow-up visits with the surgeon are crucial to monitor healing and address any concerns.

Risks and Considerations:

  • Similar to Primary Augmentation: Breast implant revision surgery carries risks similar to those of primary augmentation, including infection, bleeding, changes in sensation, and scarring.

  • Additional Risks: Revision surgery may involve additional considerations, such as addressing scar tissue or changes to the breast anatomy.


  • Varies: The cost of breast implant revision surgery varies based on factors such as the complexity of the procedure, surgeon's experience, and geographic location.

Choosing a Surgeon:

  • Experience Matters: Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in breast implant revision surgery.

  • Communication: Openly discuss your concerns and goals with the surgeon to ensure realistic expectations and optimal outcomes.

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