Correcting Old Breast Augmentations

Correcting Old Breast Augmentations


Revision breast augmentation is a surgical option available to women who are not happy with the look or feel of their breasts from a previous surgical procedure. For many patients, size is the issue, whether too small, or too big. Some people decide to change the type of breast implant, or have them removed altogether and return to their natural breasts. As you age, your skin may lose some elasticity, or in some cases the body can change due to pregnancy or drastic weight fluctuations.

Some women are unhappy over time with normal changes to their breasts following pregnancy, breast feeding, or a losing a large amount of weight. And let's not forget that breast implants aren't intended to last forever; most implant warranties are for ten years, so a secondary surgery to replace your old implants at some point may be necessary. The simple truth is, you don’t have to settle for the results from that initial surgery.

Revision Breast Augmentation Surgery: What to Expect

Like all cosmetic plastic surgeries, the revision breast augmentation process begins with a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation and revision breast augmentation. This could be the same surgeon who performed your original breast augmentation (some offer to revise their work for free within a certain time frame), or a new surgeon altogether. Your decision can depend on many factors, including whether or not you were pleased with your initial surgical experience, how much time has passed since then, and the nature of your concerns with your breasts.

Your Revision Breast Augmentation Surgery

Each breast revision surgery is unique due to the procedure and person involved. The surgical plan reflects your anatomy, cosmetic concerns, and expectations. The surgery itself may be as straightforward as replacing an implant, or switching from one type of implant to another.

Note, that if you stay with your original surgeon who did your first surgery, they should have your medical records on file. If you go to a different surgeon, take your records to the consultation so the surgeon can review them.

During your consultation, be as open and specific as possible about your issues with your breasts and your expectations. If there were problems with your initial surgery, share them with the surgeon.

The plastic surgeon will examine your breasts, analyzing their shape and size, placement of the nipples and areolas, and skin quality. He or she may also take some before and after photos for reference. Based on all these factors, the surgeon will develop a plan and go over it with you, discussing the outcome and expectations of your surgery.

Revision breast augmentation is usually performed under local anesthesia, where you are awake but cannot feel any pain during surgery. If necessary, it can be performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. The length of surgery ranges from one to four hours, slightly longer than a breast augmentation procedure.

To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and schedule a consultation with our experienced surgeons, call Atlantic Center of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery at (954) 983-1899, or request an appointment online right now.