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Breast Implant Revision
Breast Implant Revision

Breast implant revision

is a procedure that involves replacing an unwanted or defective breast implant. Aside from a desire to change implant size or type, the most common reasons for seeking revision breast surgery are implant deflation, capsular contracture, implant malposition, and “double-bubble” deformity.

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Breast Implant Revision Cost

According to several plastic surgery resources, the average U.S. cost of breast implant revision ranges from $3,000-$4,000. The national average fee refers to the surgeon's fee only and does not include charges for the surgical facility, anesthesia, and anesthesiologist – nor does it include any medical tests, prescriptions, or other miscellaneous costs related to breast implant revision. Most surgeons offer multiple financing options for breast implant revision.


Find a Breast Implant Revision Surgeon

"When Considering Breast Implant

Revision surgery, please consult a qualified provider"

Depending on the cause of your breast implant defect, you may or may not wish to revisit the surgeon who performed your original breast augmentation. The information contained in this website will provide you with a good introduction to breast implant revision surgery, but it cannot
replace medical advice. When considering
breast implant revision surgery, please consult
a qualified provider.

To assist your search, use the physician locator.


Benefits of Breast Implant Revision

For women affected by pain and injury as the result of a defective breast implant, breast implant revision can bring about welcome changes in their physical and emotional health.


How is breast implant revision performed?

To start, the number of incisions used will depend on how much alteration is needed on the affected breast. For common implant or capsular contraction surgery, your surgeon may be able to use the original incision site from the previous breast augmentation. This is preferable – but not always possible.

"The number of incisions used

will depend on how much alteration is
needed on the affected breast."

The offending breast implant and any harmful implant matter are removed from the breast. A new implant is inserted in its place. The remainder of the procedure is similar to the original breast augmentation; the surgeon will close the incision areas with sutures.


How much pain is associated with breast implant revision?

Just as your original breast augmentation surgery involved post-operative pain, discoloration, and swelling, breast implant revision may lead to the same temporary discomforts – often, for a slightly longer period of time than the first procedure. However, these minor inconveniences pale in comparison to the health benefits of replacing a defective breast implant.


Breast Implant Revision Recovery

"Following breast implant revision,

patients are advised to walk several
hours after surgery."

Following breast implant revision, patients are advised to walk several hours after surgery. Normally, surgical dressings are removed within a few days after the procedure. Patients typically wear a prescribed support bra for at least one week post-surgery. Showering is permitted per your surgeon’s instructions, but patients should not immerse breasts under water in a tub, spa or Jacuzzi for at least four weeks after surgery. Non-dissolvable sutures will be removed approximately one week after surgery.


Risks of Breast Implant Revision

"Patients should discuss with

their surgeons the possibilities of blood accumulation, infection, and changes in nipple or breast sensation."

The vast majority of breast implant revisions are successful procedures; however, all patients considering surgery should be aware of potential risks as well. Patients should discuss with their surgeons the possibilities of blood accumulation, infection, and changes in nipple or breast sensation. And as with any breast augmentation, a second capsular contracture or other repeat complication could potentially occur later.


Who is the ideal candidate for breast implant revision surgery?

Good candidates for breast implant revision surgery are women affected by one or more of the following conditions:

  • Loss of saline implant volume – implant deflation
  • Silicone implant leakage/implant shell leak
  • Tightening of the scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture)
  • Breast implants that have shifted in position
Additionally, candidates may be women with stretched out breast skin due to weight changes or pregnancy; and, women with a desire to change the size, shape, or type of implant currently in place.


Ten Questions Every Breast Implant Revision Surgery Patient Should Ask Their Surgeon:

Prior to all breast implant revision procedures, a consultation will occur between the prospective patient and the providing surgeon. During this consultation, the cosmetic surgeon and patient will discuss issues such as the desired outcome, various options that are available to address said outcome, the procedure itself as well as various risks and limitations. The surgeon will also provide information regarding anesthesia options, the location and description of where the breast implant revision will be performed (i.e., hospital vs. office surgical suite) and associated costs. A discussion regarding the patient's medical history, as well as a physical examination of the area to be treated will also take place during the consultation visit.
In an effort to educate the patient regarding breast implant revision procedures, as well to assist in formulating realistic implant revision expectations, it is recommended that the patient view numerous before and after photographs, speak with previous breast implant revision, as well as obtain responses to the following questions:
  1. Are the desired results I described realistic?
  2. Where is the breast implant revision surgery performed and how long will it take?
  3. In my case, will the breast implants be inserted below the skin, or below the chest muscle, and where will the incision scars be visible?
  4. What kind of anesthesia will the surgeon use during the breast implant revision surgery and what are the side effects associated with this anesthesia?
  5. How much does breast implant revision surgery cost and what elements factor into that cost (i.e., hospital fee, anesthesia, etc)?
  6. What is the surgeon's level of experience in performing breast implant revision surgery?
  7. What percentage of breast implant revision patients experience complications with surgery?
  8. What is the surgeon's policy in regards to correcting or repeating the procedure if the breast implant revision surgery does not meet agreed upon goals?
  9. What should I expect, post-operatively, in terms of soreness, scaring, activity level, etc?
  10. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked or suspended?
In addition to the previously mentioned questions, it is imperative that breast asymmetry surgery patients relay to their surgeon information regarding any allergies and serious medical conditions they may have. Furthermore, breast implant revision patients should inform the surgeon of any medications they are taking.
This site provides information about plastic/cosmetic surgery and is designed to help users make decisions regarding their own treatment options. But medical information is not the same as medical advice--the application of medical treatment to an individual's specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a qualified medical practitioner if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.

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