Breast Implant Revision

For women who have breast implants, it is not uncommon to undergo an operation for implant revision or replacement. Breast implants are typically not designed to last forever, and there is a possibility they may leak or deflate. Fortunately, the breast implant revision procedure is usually less complicated than the initial implantation surgery and generally requires less recovery time.

Reasons for Breast Implant Revision

Woman crossing arm over naked breasts and holding shoulderBreast implant revision is designed to improve aesthetic or functional issues stemming from previous breast augmentation procedures. There are a variety of factors that contribute to the need for breast implant revision. Some of these include:

Breast Implant Deflation
Deflation is one of the most common reasons why breast implant revision may be required. Saline or silicone breast implants can leak. This becomes noticeable if the size and shape of the breast appears to have changed. Saline implant deflation’s are generally more apparent than silicone deflation’s because saline is quickly absorbed by the body, resulting in a noticeable change in size. With silicone implants, an ultrasound or mammogram may be required to verify an implant leak.

Implant Hardening
A hardening or encapsulation of the implant can cause discomfort or a distorted
appearance, leading some patients to seek implant replacement.

Implant Exchange
Patients who are unhappy with their original implants or who feel that their implants are
disproportionate to their body frame may want breast implant revision. The original implants can be exchanged for bigger or smaller ones.

Implant rippling can occur in saline and silicone implants. Rippling is more commonly felt before it is seen, and breast implant revision can be performed to reduce the rippling effect.

Undesired Appearance
Women who simply don’t think the implants look or feel natural may want an adjustment or removal.

The Procedure

After the initial consultation, Dr. Fredric Newman will generally utilize the incisions made during the first implantation to remove the breast implant. After appropriate revision, a new implant is placed. The procedure may vary if you are undergoing breast implant revision in conjunction with a breast lift, or if you are changing from one type of breast implants to another (such as silicone to saline).

Revision Recovery

Breast implant revision at our Connecticut surgery center usually takes about two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Mild discomfort and pain may be present for a few days, and swelling usually subsides over several weeks or months. Most patients can resume their normal daily routine within a week after surgery.

Contact Us Today

Secondary breast augmentation can be a desire or a necessity. If you’ve been troubled by deflation, discomfort, imbalance, or the desire to exchange or remove your breast implants, contact our plastic surgery center for a breast implant revision consultation at our office. The Aesthetic Surgery Center has an expert staff that will be happy to speak with you.

Dr. Fredric Newman

Dr. Fredric Newman MD, FACS

Dr. Fredric Newman's extensive training and experience in plastic surgery began at Yale College, and he completed his general surgical training at Harvard Medical School. He has performed thousands of procedures during his career and is affiliated with a number of top-tier universities and professional associations, including:

  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

To schedule a consultation at our Darien, CT, plastic surgery center, contact us online, or call our office (203) 656-9999

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