David O. Smith MD, F.A.C.S  |  6545 France Ave. S, #505  |  Edina, MN 55435  |   Call Today: 952.922.0895

Breast Implant Revisions

Breast implants are not intended to be lifelong devices and, at some point, may need to be replaced. Women who need to have their breast implants replaced for medical or personal reasons, or who are no longer satisfied with the results of a previous breast augmentation, may benefit from a breast implant revision with Dr. Smith. Breast implant revision consists of the removal or replacement of your existing breast implants. This may be done to correct complications such as capsular contracture (a hardening of scar tissue around the breast implants), implant rupture, rippling, displacement, or malposition. However, you may also choose to remove or replace your implants for personal reasons, such as a change in preference (size, shape, etc.), to update to a newer implant, or to maintain your desired look as you get older. Dr. Smith will work together with you to create a personalized plan for your breast implant revision or removal. In the case of implant complications, he can help to diagnose the problem and safely remove or replace the defective implant. Dr. Smith can often perform this surgery using the same incision locations used during your augmentation. This way, no additional scarring will result from your surgery. We get great results with privacy and cost effectiveness.

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Click here to view our Before & After Gallery. For additional information on breast implant revision surgery, please refer to the following guide provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Breast Implant Revision ASPS Procedure Guide

It’s important to know that after receiving breast implants, results are not permanent, and they may require replacement during your lifetime. You should expect to have future visits with your plastic surgeon to discuss changes in your breasts. Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors, and gravity. If, after a period of years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift or implant exchange to restore a more youthful contour.

What is breast implant exchange?

Breast implant exchange is a surgical procedure that removes or replaces breast implants placed during breast augmentation. The procedure may be indicated for medical reasons, or it may be the patient’s personal choice. To provide a satisfactory aesthetic outcome, a cosmetic procedure may be performed during or after breast implant removal. Removal of breast implants is frequently followed by replacement with a different implant type (such as silicone gel) or a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure.

Reasons for Breast Implant Exchange

You may believe that breast implants no longer fit into your lifestyle or you may decide that a different implant size or type is appropriate. In either of these cases, breast implant removal will be necessary.

  • Change in size preferences
  • Switch from saline to silicone
  • Decision to remove implants

Medical indications for breast implant removal may include trauma, disease, or a surgery complication. Complications of breast augmentation may necessitate breast implant removal or revision surgery. Some of these complications are as follows:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant displacement
  • Visible implant rippling
  • Ruptured implant
  • Nipple malposition

What happens during surgery?

Breast implant removal is a relatively straightforward procedure. The implant is typically approached through the same surgical incisions as your original breast augmentation. Surgery may be as short as one hour, but this will vary depending on your particular condition.

After Breast Implant Exchange

Removal of breast implants carries a possibility for an undesirable aesthetic outcome, especially if you’ve had them for several years. When breast augmentation is first performed, the skin stretches to accommodate the implants. If they are removed, it is likely that your skin will not shrink back to a satisfactory state. While it is possible that your breasts will return to their pre-augmentation appearance, most patients will benefit from another cosmetic procedure. Your plastic surgeon may recommend a breast lift to tighten the tissues and excess skin. To meet your appearance goals, he or she may also recommend a different implant size or different implant type.