Breast Implant Revision

Breast Implant Revision is also known as breast implant replacement. It is a cosmetic surgical procedure to revise or correct the aesthetic appearance of the breast resulting from the following: ruptured implants, unsatisfactory result of a breast augmentation, infection, implants that have rippled, rubbed or shifted, wrong implant size, hardening of implants, leakage of silicone implant, and deflation of saline implants.

There are different procedures for different reasons in having a breast implant revision.

Rippling of Implant – The surgeon uses the same incision to reposition the implants in case the saline implants are still palpable and visible. The surgeon may also opt to change the kind of implant or place a new implant into a new breast pocket.

Changing of Implant Size – Still, the surgeon will use the same incision to remove and do the replacement of the implant. If one wants a bigger implant, the surgeon will make the pocket bigger or the space in the breast.

Hardening of the implant and capsule (capsular contracture) – Using the same incision, the surgeon will first remove the original implant and places a new one.

Implant displacement / malposition – To correct the position of the breast, the surgeon will alter the scar tissue from the capsule around the implant and recreate the pocket that will fit the right position using suturing procedures. The tissues will be utilized to reinforce the new implant pocket. The use of acellular dermal matrix product for additional support may also be used.

Risks and Complications

These are rare and often only temporary, however, they may include:

  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to anaesthetic
  • Bruising
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • May need more procedures done
  • Displacement of implants
  • Capsular contracture
  • Rupture of implants
  • Rippling of implants
  • Altered breast sensation
  • Leakage
  • Haematoma
Q. How is the recovery time after a breast implant revision?

A. There will be bruising, swelling and a change in skin sensitivity that may last for a couple of weeks.

Q. How long does the procedure last?

A. It will take between one and three hours depending on the procedure, technique and the patient’s anatomy and health.

Q. Who are good candidates to undergo the breast implant revision procedure?

A. Those who need a breast implant revision, are aged over the age of 18, in good health and psychologically stable.

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Overseas Plastic Surgery My Nightmare in Thailand – Penny’s Overseas Plastic Surgery Experience June 10, 2015 - Choosing to have plastic surgery in a foreign country increases your risks exponentially, not only because of the uncertainty with regards to the qualifications and experience of the surgeon you end up with, but the unknown of where the surgery will be performed and the lack of after-surgery care. Unfortunately, so many are lured by the promise of an overseas holiday combined with cheaper surgery prices; but we hear so many stories of botched surgeries, and in some cases patients have paid the ultimate price with their life. One of the main things we always say here at the Hub is that we have some world class plastic surgeons here in Australia, so why would you go anywhere else? Of course, in some cases, there is more to the story, and Penny’s* story is one of these. We want to thank Penny* for sharing her story, and think she is so brave for coming through her journey with such strength and grace. Q: What motivated you to have plastic surgery? I chose to have plastic surgery because I was unhappy with the shape and firmness of my breasts. I had my first child when I was 18 and gained a […]
Breast Implants What do I need to know about breast implants? April 3, 2015 - When you are considering a breast lift, breast augmentation or breast implants (same as augmentation) the first thing you usually think about is which size do you go for, and what the cost will be? You might do a bit of research about what sort of implants to have (hopefully you do!) and recovery time. However, there are so many other things you should know about breast augmentations before making the final decision to have one, and before you undergo the surgery. How long do Breast Implants last? Breast implants do not last forever. In the past, the average life span of implants was estimated at 10 years; however the good quality implants available in Australia do not have a use-by-date. They probably will last for over 20 years in most cases. Rarely, if they have been roughly treated or damaged, they may rupture sooner though this is not common. Implants from some of the cheaper brands may have a shorter lifespan. You may have heard that after receiving implants you will require routine investigations such as ultrasound or MRI – these tests would only be ordered if there has been a change such as capsular contracture, breast pain or […]
Dr Patrick Briggs Where did my body go? February 9, 2015 - Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding are usually a wonderful time for a woman. It fulfils her biological drive and the strength of emotions experienced helps confirm her biological identity. The anticipation of pregnancy leads to the joy of childbirth and continues with the incredible feeling of bonding while breastfeeding. For most women this time in their life is one that they remember fondly. Psychologically these powerful feelings of caring for a helpless, joyful and beautiful being offset the changes that may have occurred in the biological journey. I am often asked by women who have not yet had children what will happen to their bodies after the sequence of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Unfortunately this is an almost impossible question to answer, for not only does the individuality of genetics play a very significant role but also other factors will add or detract from the eventual outcome. Some women only have one pregnancy, “carry small” during pregnancy and do not breastfeed. Clearly the physical changes of such an individual will be entirely different from a woman who has multiple pregnancies, tend to make a lot of amniotic fluid and breastfeeds each child for a significant period of time. But there are […]
Elizabeth - Real Story Elizabeth’s Breast Augmentation December 16, 2014 - I had my breast augmentation in December 2013, at Georgia Plastic Surgery in Atlanta Georgia. I am 23 years old (I was 22 when I had surgery) and 5’11” tall weighing 160 lbs. The surgery was a graduation gift to myself as I had graduated from college in May 2013 with my nursing degree. I have always been a very active person. I have been a dancer ever since I was 5, and danced all through my childhood and continued on my college’s competitive dance team. While I really liked the tall, thin, body with a little wider frame, my small breasts always bothered me. I was basically flat chested all through high school, until the middle of my senior year. At that point I had already made up my mind that I wanted to get my breasts done. Once they started to grow, I wanted to see how big I would get before having surgery. My breasts slowly grew over the next year to be a 36 medium A. By now I was busy with college and decided to wait for surgery. Finally senior year of college came around, and I started to work out more than in the […]
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