Breast augmentation surgery continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. While the majority of women are pleased with their augmentation results, some will decide to have the implants removed or replaced. Owing Mills plastic surgeon, Dr. Janet Woodyard has considerable experience in breast revision surgery and works with women to correct, remove or replace an existing implant. This decision is made because the implant is either in the wrong position or no longer aesthetically desirable. Replacement of older implants is also a consideration. Surgery for revision of prior breast lift, reduction or reconstruction also sometimes becomes necessary. Each breast revision procedure is somewhat unique. The procedure(s) needed vary by circumstances and careful planning by an experienced surgeon is required. This starts at the initial consultation.
"Dr. Woodyard, I sincerely would like to thank you such a kind and patient person and doctor that you are. You make sure that things are understood by the patient and explained thoroughly. Thank you for not being one of many "Stuffy" doctors that we have in healthcare. I would also like to inform you of the professional, very patient and friendly staff. I call the office five times in one day and the hospitality is always the same. They are the poster children of "Customer friendly". I really appreciate you and excited to have experienced you are my doctor."- L / Office Visit / Nov 14, 2017
"She did an amazing job on my breast lift."- D.J. / Google / Dec 07, 2018
"I have been a patient of Dr. Woodyard and Stacey Edgar, Dr. Woodyard's medical aesthetician, for years. I completely trust them to provide me with the most up to date products and procedures administered in a professional, safe and relaxing manner. As a direct result of their expertise and training, I am in my 50s and my skin looks better now than it did in my 30s!! I am sold on growing old gracefully and beautifully with Dr. Woodyard's and Stacey's skills!."- T.T. / Google / Oct 20, 2018
"Vi Peel and Dermaplanning - I have been seeing Stacy at Dr. Woodyards office for years. I've been on wonderful products that work very well with my skin type. I just love the VI Peels and the Dermaplanning. My skin looks and feels wonderful!!"- W. / RealSelf / Oct 15, 2018
"I have been wanting to do something about my overly robust bosom for a number of years. I came across Dr. Woodyard's profile and sent an inquiry and she called me-wow! She asked me to call the office and make an appointment-that was in April. Today, I am 12 days post-op and I could not be more happy. I have a very low threshold for pain, I can feel everything. To testify how amazing she is, her procedure has left me with very little pain, the only pain medication I have taken are 500 mg Tylenol capsules-3 at the most! I have recommended her to 2 other friends. I am so happy with how I was treated as well as my new "girls" - fyi, I was in a J cup I am now a D!!!!! Thank you Dr. Woodyard"- F.H. / Google / Aug 15, 2018
Reasons for Revision Surgery
Breast revision surgery resolves cosmetic issues following a prior cosmetic or reconstructive breast procedure, most frequently (but not exclusively) involving breast implants. The surgery focuses on removal, replacement, or making a switch from saline to silicone-based implants. Listed below are the most common cases where a patient may be a candidate for this treatment.
Breast Implant Removal
Individuals who wish to undergo breast augmentation do so to increase breast size primarily for aesthetics. However, after breast augmentation, some women may be dissatisfied with their results and opt to revert back to their normal breast size. Others may want to remove their implants because of health concerns or other personal reasons. Breast revision surgery is a process where the implant is removed and the skin over the breast is tightened to make sure the breast sits in a natural position and looks normal. This choice may arise as some women grow older.
Despite the guarantee that implants are safe and leakages are rare, there are cases when a shell breaks down. If it is filled with saline, the solution will be absorbed by the body, and there will be a noticeable deflation of the breast. In the case of silicone implant rupture, the size of the breast may not change and detection of a rupture becomes more difficult. It can sometimes be determined by physical exam by an experienced plastic surgeon and in some cases may require an MRI.
Scar tissue around an implant can increase over time and tighten, thereby causing a capsular contracture. This can cause the implant to appear smaller, feel firmer, become displaced and/or become uncomfortable. This is corrected by capsulotomy, to open up the tight capsule or capsulectomy, to remove it and replace the implant.
Visible rippling of the implant, while not a complication of the original surgery, may occur during the aging process and may require a breast lift(mastopexy) or larger implant for correction. This problem is more common in thin patients and with saline implants.
Double Bubble Breast Shape
During the aging process of the augmented breast, a woman's breast tissue may drop more than the implant. This creates a "double bubble" appearance to the breast whereby the implant is situated higher than the nipple and natural breast tissue. Correction is by surgery to lift the breast and/or replace or reposition the implant.
Breast Size and Shape
Breast implants vary in size, texture, shape and base diameter. According to their personal preferences, some patients may be unhappy with how the breast looks and may consider a revision surgery to improve the appearance. They may desire a different size or implant shape. Some patients also later realize that they’d rather have silicone instead of saline. All preferences will be considered to modify the augmented breast.
Revision surgery is tailored to the cosmetic issues that need to be addressed. This may include implant replacement, scar tissue removal or alteration, or a lift if sagging is present. There are instances where an internal tissue matrix is required to support the repositioned implant if the natural tissues are thin or weakened. Ultimately, the corrective procedure is aimed at fixing the issues causing the patient's concern.
Breast revision surgery can sometimes performed under I.V. sedation and at other times under general anesthesia, depending on the nature and extent of the procedure being performed. The patient is usually sent home after treatment and seen in the office within a weeks time. Light activities can usually be resumed within a few days and full recovery is expected in 4 weeks with some settling of the implants over a few months time.
'The cost for breast revision surgery varies greatly depending on the type and extent of procedure(s) performed and can range between $5000-8500 or more. It will cost more if there is an implant replacement or if there are other additional procedures, such as breast lift or scar tissue removal.
Plan Your Procedure
- Total Cost
- $5,000 - $8,500
- Recovery Time
- 3-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location