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Breast implant removal and breast revision

Length of Surgery

1-2 hours





Back to work in...

2 – 4 weeks

Back to the gym in...

6 – 8 weeks

Treatment Frequency

Once, unless implants rupture, move, or if the patient is still not satisfied with the results


Infection , hematoma, allergic reaction to medication or anesthesia, excessive bleeding, damage to the skin or nerves, capsular contracture, asymmetry, wrinkling of the implant, unfavorable scarring

Duration of Results

8 – 10 years, unless complications arise with the implants

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Breast implant removal and breast revision Surgery Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Breast implant costs is $2,319. Factors that contribute to the price include the type of breast implant used, where you live, surgery-related expenses (like anesthesia), and your cosmetic surgeon's fees.

Breast implant removal costs are typically between $1,000 and $4,000. However, not all surgeons require that you pay for your breast revision (especially if it is their mistake). Some surgeons ask that you pay the medication costs and the lab work fees for your revision surgery, but will cover the operating room and anesthesia costs. Other surgeons will have you pay only the anesthesia fees and others will insist that you pay the full price. Find out what your surgeon’s policy is in advance and get it in writing so that you have documentation of the coverage for breast augmentation complications, should the need arise.

Most cosmetic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible breast implants financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.

If you have to pay full price for your breast implant removal and breast revision surgery, remember that with all types of cosmetic surgery procedures, the breast implant cost has more than one aspect. As well as the surgeon’s fees, you will have to pay anesthesia fees and facility fees.

If you are considering having breast implant removal and breast revision surgery but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE .You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans that will allow you to achieve the contoured body shape you have always desired. To find out more about financing options available please click here.

Am I a candidate breast implant removal and breast revision surgery?

There are a number of aesthetic, emotional, and medical reasons why women may consider breast augmentation revision or breast implant removal surgery.

If you have had breast augmentation surgery that you are now unhappy with, you may be a good candidate for breast revision if have experienced any of the following:

  • Breast asymmetry
  • Dissatisfaction with the size, shape, or feel of breasts
  • Switch from silicone to saline implants or from saline to silicone implants
  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture, deflation, or leakage
  • Infection
  • Wrinkling of the implant
  • Malposition or shifting of implants
  • Symmastia (loss of cleavage)

Patients who are dissatisfied with the results of their breast implant surgery may be candidates for a revision. Before you undergo breast implant removal and revision surgery, you must also be in good health, physically and emotionally, not pregnant or nursing, and have realistic expectations of what the breast augmentation revision surgery can achieve.

The most common breast implant removal candidate is a woman between the ages of 19 and 34 who is experiencing pain, discomfort or deformity related to their breast implants and who understand fully how their appearance may change as a result of the surgery.

Breast implant removal is not generally recommended for women whose gel-filled implants are intact and trouble-free. The risk of removing trouble-free implants is potentially greater than the risk of leaving them in.

What is a breast implant removal and breast revision Procedure?

Breast implant removal and revision (also referred to as breast augmentation revision) is a cosmetic surgery procedure involving the removal and/or replacement of breast implants to correct complications that have occurred after breast augmentation or implant-based breast reconstruction surgery. Breast implant revision can also be performed to correct an unsatisfactory result from either of these surgeries.

Breast augmentation surgery does not always produce a patient’s desired results. This may be due to bad breast implants, incorrect surgical procedures, or unrealistic expectations on the part of the patient. A woman may simply decide she no longer wants breast implants, or that the specific size she opted for no longer meets her cosmetic goals. A woman who has had breast implants may realize that she was happier with her original body shape prior to receiving breast implants or that larger breasts get in the way of her daily activities. Some may experience breast implant rippling, or capsular contracture which makes the breast implant feel hard and firm and distorts the appearance of the breast.

Lifestyle changes are another motivating factor behind breast implant revision, replacement, or removal. These women are good candidates for breast implant removal and breast revision surgery.

As with most medical devices, breast implants are not designed to last forever. The implants, whether saline or silicone, may leak and the woman may notice that one or both of her breasts has changed shape or size. Unless removal is absolutely unavoidable, breast revision is usually a much better option for most women. Completely removing breast implants, without replacing them, will do considerable damage to the appearance of the breasts. The tissue will be left dimpled (breast ptosis) and the skin will be stretched out.

Breasts will often require significant invasive cosmetic lifting and re-sculpting to fix the problem. Removal of implants without replacement will lead to a breast reconstruction (Mastopexy) procedure to re-sculpt the remaining natural breast tissue. Whenever possible, it is better to replace old, damaged or unwanted implants with a new set, which will fill out the breast to the patient’s desired size. If the patient wants to have their breast size reduced, a combination of replacement implants and a breast lift will be needed to achieve a pleasing aesthetic result. Undergoing revision surgery should permanently resolve many unsatisfactory breast implant issues.

There are always some risks attached to any breast augmentation surgery and some breast enhancement patients do experience complications. A good breast augmentation surgeon will always stand by their work and do everything they can to resolve any issues you have, even if the solution requires additional procedures.

Talking to your breast enhancement surgeon about the options will help you to find a satisfying solution if you are unhappy with your breast implants.

Breast implant removal and breast revision Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia

  1. Your breast implant removal and breast revision operation will usually be carried out while you are under general anesthetic. However, in some cases, your surgeon may choose to use local anesthetic to numb your chest area, and you may be given a sedative to help you relax. Your surgeon will discuss this with you before your operation.
Step 2 - The incisions
  1. An incision is made either around the areola (periareolar) or under the fold of the breast (inframammary fold). In many cases, breast revision surgery can be done through already-existing scars. Unsightly or misplaced scars may be revised or removed entirely.
  2. The capsule (scar tissue) around the implant is cut into and the implant is carefully removed. If the implant is silicone-filled, it is inspected for any signs of damage before removal. If the implant is filled with saline, the surgeon may choose to deflate the implant to help removal.
  3. The old implants are then replaced with new ones, which slot into the “pocket” created by your first breast implant surgery. If the implant is not going to be replaced the scar tissue that was around the implant may also be removed.
  4. In many cases, breast revision surgery can be done through already-existing scars. Unsightly or misplaced scars may be revised or removed entirely.
Step 3 - Closing the Incisions
  1. The incisions will normally be closed with absorbable sutures, so they will not need to be removed post-operatively. Some patients may also need drainage tubes fitted to drain excess fluid, and these will be removed a few days after surgery.
Step 4 - The results
  1. The results of breast implant removal and breast revision surgery are immediately visible. Over time post-surgical swelling will subside and resolve, and incision lines will gradually refine in appearance, though the procedure may leave a longer scar than that which resulted from your original breast implant procedure.


Breast implant removal and breast revision Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

For women having breast revision surgery, the recovery period will be similar to the recovery after the first breast implant operation. Detailed post-operative recovery instructions will be given are given to you after surgery to guide you through the recovery process.

You will feel some discomfort after breast implant surgery – the level of discomfort varies from patient to patient. This will last from a few days to several weeks. It is also quite common to experience a little numbness from bruised nerves in and around your breast area. Most of this should pass over time, as you heal. You will need to wear a compression garment or sports bra for two to six weeks to help to reduce swelling and promote the healing of your breasts. Your surgeon will also advise you to rest and sleep in an elevated position and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.

Try to rest as much as possible, as your breast surgery recovery will be much quicker if you do. Your breast revision surgeon will probably recommend that you walk around as soon as possible after your surgery to help reduce swelling and lower the chances of developing blood clots forming in the legs, which can be extremely dangerous.

Following your operation, you may either be allowed home the same day, or you may require an overnight stay in the hospital, or clinic. Once you are allowed home, you will need to rest to give your body time to recover. Avoid using your arms, or chest area, excessively following your operation because doing so may cause irritation and bleeding.

To maximise your breast implant recovery time, you should avoid:

  1. Getting your wounds wet for one week,
  2. Sleeping face down for one month,
  3. Heavy lifting for 3-4 weeks, and
  4. Driving for at least one week or until you can perform an emergency stop without discomfort.
Breast implant recovery times vary from individual to individual. You will almost certainly have some swelling and bruising immediately after your operation and will need to take some time off work to rest and recover. Your breasts may feel hard to the touch, and you may experience some painful twinges, or general discomfort. It is not unusual for these symptoms to last for a few weeks.

If you experience any symptoms that you were not expecting, or you are in significant pain, you should contact your or surgeon and nursing staff immediately.

Some possible warning signs include:
  1. unusual, unexpected, or excessive, swelling,
  2. deflated breasts,
  3. smelly, or colored, discharge from your wounds,
  4. fever, with a temperature of 38C (106F) or more,
  5. severe pain, or
  6. An intense burning sensation in your breasts.
If in doubt, ask your breast cosmetic surgery doctor about the best time for you to return to work and physical activity. Follow all of his instructions to keep your breast revision surgery recovery time short.


Breast implant removal and breast revision Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Breast implant removal and breast revision side effects are inevitable, but their occurrence varies from patient to patient. Side effects associated with breast revision surgery are:

  1. Swelling
  2. Tenderness
  3. Numbness
  4. Bruising
In common with all surgical procedures, with breast implant removal surgery there is always the possibility of complications. Although these complications are extremely rare, they can include:
  1. Infection
  2. Allergic reaction to the anesthetic
  3. Excessive bleeding
  4. Hematoma
  5. Seroma (a buildup of fluid around the incision site)
  6. If the implant shell has been damaged or ruptured, it may not be possible to remove all the leaked gel from the surrounding tissues
  7. Capsular contracture – a tightening of the capsule, or scar tissue, that surrounds the breast implant
  8. Wrinkling or "rippling" of the implant
  9. Breast asymmetry
  10. Unfavorable scarring
  11. Breast sensation may diminish or alter
You may be dissatisfied with the results of your breast revision surgery.

Complications vary depending on the procedure, though bruising and swelling are normal. Talk to your doctor about how the risks involved in your particular breast revision operation. Some or all of these complications can be avoided with careful planning and selection of the right surgical technique.

To reduce your chances of suffering from some of the more serious breast implant removal and breast revision surgery side effects, choose an experienced, qualified breast augmentation surgeon to perform the operation who will explain all of the possible breast revision side effects to you before you undergo the surgery. Make sure you fully understand the procedures you wish to have done, and discuss your expectations and concerns with your doctor. Severe complications can be minimized by disclosing your entire medical history to your doctor and discussing all prescription and other medication that you take on a regular basis. In most cases the side effects associated with breast implant surgery are minimal. It is very important that you understand all the risks, problems, and complications associated with the breast implant revision procedure.


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a breast implant removal and breast revision procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about breast implant removal and breast revision here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for breast implant removal and breast revision surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing breast implant removal and breast revision surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any photographs of recent breast implant removal and breast revision surgeries
  9. What percentages of your breast implant removal and breast revision patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my breast implant removal and breast revision surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for breast implant removal and breast revision? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


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