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Breast Implant Revision Surgery

The results of breast augmentation can be life-changing – especially in the hands of an experienced provider. With this in mind, patients may decide (or need) to modify their implants after a certain amount of time has passed. For instance, they may want to address changes to their breasts that may have been brought on by hormone fluctuations or the natural aging process, or they may wish to try a different implant type or size. Breast revision surgery can also benefit patients who want to correct unsatisfactory results or a complication that has arisen from a previous augmentation, and it can be utilized for patients who simply want to remove their implants and return to the original breast size. In much rarer cases, a revision may be necessary to ease health concerns.*

If you are considering breast revision surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, David Bottger, MD. Dr. Bottger is proficient in multiple types of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and he can personalize your revision procedure to produce the best possible results.

Is Breast Revision Right for Me?

The typical candidate for breast revision may want to:

  • Address the results of time, aging, or hormones on their implants
  • Replace their current implants with a different size, shape, or type
  • Replace implants that have sustained damage (e.g. ruptures or ripples)
  • Correct undesirable results from a previous augmentation
  • Combat a more serious concern, such as capsular contracture or (much less commonly)  breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
  • Remove their implants entirely

Moreover, candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. If you are unsure whether breast revision is the right option for you, feel free to discuss your concerns with Dr. Bottger.

How Is the Breast Revision Procedure Performed?

Breast revision is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A highly customizable procedure, the course of surgery will depend on the specifics of the original augmentation, as well as your unique needs. Dr. Bottger is often able to replace, reposition, or remove implants through their original incision, and the implant pocket can typically be reduced or enlarged to accommodate smaller or larger implants.* The areolas can usually be elevated or tightened, and women frequently opt to incorporate breast lift surgery into their revision for additional enhancement. 

What Can I Expect from the Breast Revision Recovery Period?

Recovery from breast revision surgery is generally similar to that of breast augmentation. If new implants were placed, you will likely need to wear a dressing and elastic bandage for the first few days after surgery. Side effects such as redness and mild to moderate soreness are common and should fade as you heal, though Dr. Bottger may recommend over-the-counter pain medications as needed. You will be advised to refrain from strenuous exercise in the weeks immediately following the procedure. 

The results of surgery may not be readily noticeable due to residual swelling. This should dissipate within a few weeks, provided you closely follow your aftercare instructions and attend follow-up visits as directed.

How Much Does Breast Revision Cost?

At our practice, the cost of breast revision surgery can vary widely depending on the extent of the required surgery such as:

After your initial consultation with Dr. Bottger, our patient care coordinator will provide you with a quote for your procedure. We also accept third-party plastic surgery financing programs for eligible patients through CareCredit®

If you are seeking breast revision surgery in Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, or surrounding areas, Dr. Bottger will be glad to meet with you to discuss your needs. We invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bottger.

Medical References*

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
The Aesthetic Society®