Breast augmentation isn’t always a simple, once-and-done
procedure, and you may need revision to correct asymmetry, misalignment, sagging,
or other medical complications.
Breast implant revision procedures
Implant revision can be done under intravenous anesthesia or
general anesthesia. The most common breast implant revision procedures include:
exchange: You may want new implants to replace older, damaged implants, or
to change your breast size or shape.
contracture surgery: Capsular contracture occurs when the natural scar
tissue surrounding your implant (the capsule) grows too thick and squeezes your
implants too hard. Capsulectomy surgery
removes this capsule so a new healthy one can form. Capsulotomy is a similar procedure, but the capsule is left in
place and just scored to relieve pressure.
change: Your implants can be placed in pockets above or below your chest muscles,
and you may want this placement altered for a different look and feel, or to
correct implant placement or rippling issues.
Known as breast lift surgery, mastopexy removes excess breast tissue and raises
your nipples and areolas to counteract natural sagging.
- Areola reduction: Your areolas may become larger, usually due to pregnancy or age, but this can be corrected by trimming excess skin from the outer edge of your areolas.
repair: The pockets that your implants rest in may become too close, pushing
your implants close together. Your surgeon can repair these pockets for a more
Recovery after breast implant revision is similar to your
original breast augmentation surgery. You will have some pain, soreness,
bruising, and swelling, but this should subside after a few days. Most women
can return to their normal routines after one to two weeks.
The costs of breast implant revisions can vary depending on
what type of surgery you have, your area, surgeon, and health insurance
coverage. Additional anesthesia and surgery fees may apply. Your surgeon can
help explain specific costs, and a call to your health insurance provider can
clarify what coverage you have as well.