Breast Revision Surgery (Breast Implant Replacement or Exchange) - Irvine, CA

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Overview

Breast revision surgery is a common procedure that seeks to correct the issues within the breasts that the patient has deemed as problematic. Most commonly, patients who are seeking this surgery are still striving to achieve their goals following a breast augmentation, such as patients who have found that they chose the wrong size implant. Other corrections made during breast revision surgery may be from a breast reduction, where patients feel they have not gone small enough and are still having physical ailments. Dr. Marguerite Bernett, an Irvine cosmetic surgeon, will work closely with patients to ensure that their goals are met and they can leave after surgery satisfied and confident.

Reasons for Revision

Our talented surgeon performs breast revision surgery for women in varying circumstances and the surgery is tailored according to the cosmetic issue the patient is addressing. Ultimately, the correction aims to fix the issue that’s the source of the patient’s dissatisfaction. The most common cases where a patient may be a candidate for this treatment are listed below.

Breast Size

Some women learn after breast augmentation surgery that they did not get the size quite right. They feel they either went a bit too big or too small. Most of these individuals live with their implants for some time before deciding they would like a secondary surgery to address the size change. This surgery is usually pretty straightforward and easy to accomplish. However, to ensure that each of his patents are 100% satisfied, during the initial consultation, our doctor makes great effort to work with the patient to determine the right size and look so that this surgery does not become necessary.

Breast Implant Removal

Many women get breast implants strictly for aesthetics. However, some may decide later on that they no longer wish to have them and will desire to have them removed. Breast revision surgery in this case is a process where the implant is removed and the breast reshaped back to a normal size and position so that it looks natural. Skin tightening may be needed if the skin was stretched over time due to the implant.

Implant Rupture

Despite significant advances in medical technology and strong, durable manufacturing, there are rare cases where an implant may rupture. If the implant is filled with saline, there will be a noticeable deflation of the breast. In the case of silicone implants, the gel stays intact, so there will not be a noticeable difference. An MRI will be needed to detect the defect. Implant ruptures are typically covered under warranty by the manufacturer within a certain amount of time. Patients may get new implants during the revision surgery. Again, implant rupture is a rare situation.

Double Bubble

Double bubble is a term used for an implant that has moved out of place and causes a visible crease  and a double breast appearance. This can occur if the implants were improperly placed or if a significant amount of scar tissue forms around the implant. A revision surgery is needed to correct this condition. To ensure the implant stays in its proper position, a strattice may be used to protect it from moving.

Scarring

It is common for scar tissue to form around the breast implant once it has settled into the surgical pocket within the chest. In most cases, this scar tissue does not cause any harm or problems for the patient. However, in some cases, the scar tissue can tighten around the implant, which causes the implant to be displaced. This causes a hardening of the breast, which can look aesthetically unappealing, as well as cause discomfort. This is corrected by a capsulectomy in which the scar tissue is surgically removed. Based on statistics, there are more occurrences of contracture with saline implants compared to silicone-based ones.

Breast Rippling

A noticeable rippling can sometimes be seen underneath or on the side of the breast. This is generally more common among patients who have very low tissue volume and who are thin.  Although not really a complication, the unnatural wrinkling may cause discomfort and an unsightly appearance. Rippling is most common with saline implants. 

What to Expect

Recovery from breast revision surgery varies greatly. Patients who are having surgery for a simple change in size (for example, removing a smaller implant for a larger one), will have a quick and relatively simple recovery. Patients who require more extensive treatment, such as the correction of scar tissue, will experience a longer recovery period. This will be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.

Expected Cost

The cost of a breast revision surgery also varies greatly depending on what is being done. A change in implant size or shape can cost as low as $4,000, where as a more extensive revision surgery could rise to about $10,000. Depending on the surgical case, insurance and/or warranty protection may be applied.

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If you are unsatisfied with the results you received from your breast augmentation procedure performed by another plastic surgeon, or simply, you wish to make a change in size, please contact our practice today for a complete consultation. Our team will provide a thorough assessment and provide you with all of the options to create a healthy, aesthetically appealing breast appearance.

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