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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Inframammary Fold What is the Inframammary Fold, and how does it affect breast surgery? May 9, 2019 - So, what is the Inframammary Fold (IMF), and how does it affect breast surgery? You may or may not have heard of the inframammary fold but it plays a big part in any type of breast surgery. It is considered one of the most important aspects to the aesthetic appearance of the breast. You also may or may not be aware of the terms “upper pole” and “lower pole” which refer to the fullness of the upper or lower breast and is largely affected by the positioning of the inframammary fold. Dr Michael Miroshnik, Plastic Surgeon based in Sydney NSW took time out of his day to help us understand what these terms mean, why your surgeon should be talking about them with you at your consultation and how they affect what your final breast surgery results will be. The Inframammary Fold (IMF) Dr Miroshnik says the IMF is always on the agenda at every industry breast meeting including the Breast Masters Symposium held at the end of 2018. “The inframammary fold is always a big topic because it defines the lower pole of the breast and we all know any problems will involve the inframammary fold in one way […]
Breast Implant Screening Service Breast Implant Screening Service May 6, 2019 - An initiative established by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to help women with concerns about their existing breast implants allows any woman to have her breast implants checked with a plastic surgeon under the bulk billing scheme. Avenue Plastic Surgery are proud to announce their involvement in this initiative and now offer consultations to breast implant patients with no out of pocket cost. Breast Implant Screening Service Dr Allan Kalus, Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Avenue Plastic Surgery, says, “We are proud to participate in this initiative. With approximately 20,000 breast implants being inserted in Australia each year and an increase in awareness of the risks and side effects of implants, an implant screening service has never been more important. Removal of breast implants is one of the most common operations I now perform as more and more women are choosing to replace their implants with a more natural augmentation option such as fat transfer.” The risks and side effects of implants has been well documented, but up until recently implants were not promoted as something you should monitor and have checked. Dr Kalus says, “We’ve heard a lot about these problems and women having breast augmentation are all […]
breast surgeon What to look for in a Breast Surgeon April 29, 2019 - Choosing a surgeon for any breast surgery can be a little overwhelming. How do you know that you’re choosing the right one? It’s a lot of money to spend on yourself, especially if you aren’t happy with the final outcome. We chatted to one of Australia’s most respected specialist plastic surgeons, Dr Craig Rubinstein from Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men in Hawthorn Victoria, to ask him what to look for in a breast surgeon to help make your decision a little easier. Qualifications and Training The first thing you want to ensure is that your surgeon is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, not a Cosmetic Surgeon. Any doctor can call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon, but you want one that has done the specialist training required to perform Plastic Surgery. The difference in your results and experience will almost certainly be significant. You increase your risk by choosing a doctor or “Cosmetic Surgeon” over a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Dr Rubinstein says, “Cosmetic Surgeons can be GPs, Dermatologists and in some cases Dentists! You are trusting someone to alter your appearance and operate on you under an anaesthetic. You need to be in an accredited facility with a surgeon who is a […]
Weight Loss Excess Skin Your Reconstruction Program – Weight Loss and Excess Skin Procedures Planning April 29, 2019 - For many patients, getting to the point of undergoing plastic surgery is not an easy process or journey. In a lot of cases there is massive weight loss (MWL), pregnancy and childbirth, or years of thinking about it before it actually happens. Losing weight is a massive undertaking and a big step forward in the process, but it’s the plastic surgery that can be the most emotional. Dr Craig Layt, Plastic Surgeon based on the Gold Coast, QLD and Ballina in Northern NSW says it’s important patients recognise they are often not just looking at one plastic surgery procedure (which can in itself be daunting), but should be looked at as a total Reconstruction Program – Weight Loss Excess Skin, that may have a few stages. Stage 1 – Losing weight, or getting healthy For most of us, losing weight is not so easy. In fact, I know one lady who says she’s been on over 200 different diets and has tried to lose weight at least as many times in the last 20 years. I know myself, I’ve probably tried at least ten different diets, and my weight is constantly fluctuating to this day. But for those who do […]

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    Hi I’ve just found out that my right breast implant has erupted and needs to be taken out as it’s been 15 years I was wondering if anyone or how much it’s going to cost in Melbourne

    • Trish

      Hi Karen
      Here’s a link to Melbourne Plastic Surgeons
      Get a referral from your GP so you can claim any rebates from Medicare.
      Good luck with your search, and if you’d like to join our closed Facebook community of women supporting women, please email and she’ll send you a link.
      The PSH Team

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