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What Is Breast Revision Surgery?

Breast implant revision is a surgery to address problems from a previous breast augmentation, such as implant rupture, rippling, capsular contracture, asymmetry, or otherwise unsatisfactory results. Some patients may choose to undergo breast implant removal without replacement, while others may want to exchange their implants for a new type or size.

Secondary procedures like breast implant revision can be more complex, due to the additional factor of scar tissue from the original augmentation. This is why it is important to seek a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with performing breast revision. At the Herte Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Mary Herte works with patients to help them improve their breast appearance, whether they received breast implants recently or several years ago.

Am I A Candidate For Breast Revision Surgery?

Ideal candidates for breast implant revision surgery are those who have undergone breast augmentation in the past and are either unhappy with their results or concerned about the state of their implants. Patients should be in generally good health, be non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can help them achieve.

The best way to know whether breast revision surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Herte. During this initial appointment, she will listen to your concerns and perform a physical examination to determine the best solution for your unique needs.

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What Does Breast Revision Surgery Involve?

Breast implant revision is performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. Since the details of the procedure can greatly vary based on the reason for your revision, Dr. Herte will tailor your surgical plan according to your needs. She typically places the incisions in the same locations as your initial breast augmentation, such as in the crease underneath the breast, around the areola, and/or if a breast lift is involved, vertically below the areola.

If replacing your breast implants, she will carefully remove the older implants along with any hardened scar tissue (capsular contracture) that has developed around them. The new saline or silicone implants are then inserted into the same pocket, and the surrounding tissue is reshaped to ensure the most aesthetic outcome. Depending on your needs and goals, Dr. Herte may also adjust the position or size of the areola. She will then complete your breast revision by closing the incisions and placing surgical bandages. The entire breast revision procedure takes about two to three hours.

How Long Is The Recovery From Breast Revision Surgery?

The specifics of what you can expect after breast implant revision surgery will depend upon the complexity of your procedure. Most patients need about three days of downtime after their implant revision. Some degree of bruising, swelling, and discomfort is to be expected, and this should significantly fade over the first few weeks.

If you have a desk-based job, you may feel comfortable enough to return within the first week. Many patients say their recovery from breast revision is easier than after breast augmentation. As swelling continues to subside over the next two to three months, you should gradually see your final results.

How Much Does Breast Revision Surgery Cost?

Since the details of breast implant revision will greatly differ from patient to patient, there is no fixed cost for the procedure. On average, the cost of breast revision surgery starts at $3,500 for the surgeon’s fee. If the implants are being replaced, a lift is involved, or a total capsulectomy is advised, this comes with additional costs. Other factors that can influence your cost include the type of implants you choose, expertise of your plastic surgeon, and associated fees like anesthesia and surgical facility costs.

To help you understand what to expect from your breast revision procedure, our team will provide you with a personalized cost quote. If you would like to break your total amount into smaller, monthly payments, we accept financing through third-party lenders like CareCredit® and ALPHAEON® CREDIT.

For more information about breast implant revision, please contact our office to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Herte.