Breast Implant Revision

Breast implant revision is also referred to as breast augmentation revision or breast revision, this is a cosmetic surgery procedure involving the removal and/or replacement of breast implants to correct complications that have occurred after breast augmentation or implant-based breast reconstruction surgery. Breast implant revision can also be performed to correct an unsatisfactory result from either of the surgeries mentioned.

There are many reasons why a patient will need implant revision or replacement. The most common reasons for breast implant revision surgery are usually implant leakage or rupture, capsular contracture and a change in size or shape.

Am I a candidate for breast implant revision surgery?

Patients who are discontented with the results of their previous breast implant surgery may be candidates for a revision. Some women experience unwelcome complications after breast augmentation, such as asymmetry, breast pain, implant deflation, and other side effects. Fortunately, it is possible to correct most aesthetic and medical complications with the removal or replacement of implants.

How is a breast implant removal and replacement procedure performed?

For implant removal surgery, general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation is normally used. An incision is made either around the areola or under the fold of the breast. The capsule around the implant is cut into and the implant is carefully removed. If the implant is silicone-filled, it is inspected for any signs of damage and rupture before removal. If the implant is filled with saline, the surgeon may choose to deflate the implant to help removal. The implants are then replaced with new ones. The scar tissue (capsule) that was around the implant may also be removed (if the implant is not going to be replaced).

If the surgical procedure consists only of removing the old implants, then pain will be minimal. If implants and capsules are removed, the discomfort will be similar to the discomfort experienced after a standard breast augmentation procedure.

You should be pain-free until the day after your surgery. If you experience some discomfort, prescription pain medication will be available to you. You may be asked to take antibiotics and other medications as necessary.