The goal of breast implant revision surgery is to replace old breast implants with new implants. Often the goal is also to change or improve the appearance of the breasts while updating the implant material, which could include:
- A concurrent breast lift or reduction
- Reshaping the breast implant pocket to reposition the implant on the chest
- Either increasing or decreasing the size, shape or style of the breast implant
There are several reasons for women to seek breast revision. Implants may be too big or too small. Visible rippling may occur, implants can become hard and they can lose symmetry over time. Breast revision surgery involves removing the existing saline or silicone implants from the breasts and replacing them with new implants.
The desire to have breast implant revision surgery can be because of any of the following reasons:
- Desire to change the size of the breasts
- Pain from capsular contracture
- Concern about rupture or migration of implant
- Change from saline to silicone or different style of implant
Over time, breast implants can change shape or size, and the overlying breast tissue can also change, creating an appearance or feel to the breast that is less desirable than the original result. Also, many breast implants have a lifetime warranty on the actual implant device, but after ten years the costs associated with having surgery to replace the implants are no longer covered. Because of this, many women will elect to replace or update their breast implants at or around the 10-year time frame.
Breast implant revision surgery is not a standard or routine procedure and needs to be tailored specifically to the patient’s goals and desires. Therefore, this surgery should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-trained and experienced in all types of breast surgery and who will listen to the patient’s goals and desires and will develop a surgical plan specifically to address all of the issues at the time of surgery.
Your breasts will be wrapped in bandages immediately following the procedure to reduce swelling. There may experience some pain and discomfort over the next several days, but pain medication can help to alleviate these symptoms. Most patients are able to return to work in about one week, although recovery varies from patient to patient. It is important that you refrain from performing strenuous activity in the first two to three weeks after surgery.