3330 Preston Ridge Road Suite 340
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Phone: (404) 822-4402
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Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 777-4137
Breast Revision Surgery
As popular as breast augmentation surgery is in the United States, many women have experienced complications or dissatisfaction with a previous breast implant. Whether it was because of a surgical error, a rupture of the implant or the desire to change the size or type of the implant, breast revision surgery helps women from throughout metro Atlanta, including Marietta, fall in love with their breasts again.
Y Plastic Surgery’s triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Asaf Yalif has years of experience performing breast revision surgery to correct, remove, or replace existing implants that are either not functioning properly or not aesthetically pleasing. Regardless of whether Y Plastic Surgery performed the initial surgery or not, Dr. Yalif and our team will consult with patients who desire an implant removal or change.
Why Is Breast Revision Surgery Needed?
Breast revision surgery may be needed due to a breast augmentation procedure that did not produce the desired results, an implant that is malfunctioning, or for a simple change of aesthetics. Women decide to have this procedure for a number of different reasons, including:
A desire to have a different breast size
After living with breast implants for several years, some women decide to change the size of their implants to smaller or larger ones. This may be an aesthetic preference to change the shape, type of implant, and/or texture of the implant, or it may also be necessary as a woman’s weight fluctuates with pregnancy and advancing age.
The removal of breast implants
Some women desire to have their breast implants removed altogether, as they no longer wish to have them or have a medical condition that requires the removal.
When a silicone implant rupture occurs, it usually goes undetected until the shape of the breast is noticeably different and is found with an MRI. However, a saline implant will immediately deflate. Both require surgical intervention.
A double bubble refers to a breast implant that is incorrectly placed by the plastic surgeon. It can also be caused by the implant shifting downward under the breast, giving the appearance of a double breast. This can happen to one or both breasts.
Scarring or capsular contracture
Occurring most often with saline implants, scar tissue can grow around the implant, causing them to lose their shape and feel very hard. These must be surgically removed for best results.
When a breast implant develops a ripple or a wrinkle within itself, it sometimes can be seen under the skin and around the outside of the breast of the patient. This rippling can occur with saline or silicone implants and within one or both breasts.
How much does breast revision surgery cost?
The cost for breast implant exchange (replacing older implants with new ones) starts at $6,400. Actual procedure costs for this and other revision procedures vary with the choice of breast implants and complexity of the procedure.
Understanding Revision Breast Surgery
The surgical process of breast revision is similar to breast augmentation surgery, depending on the case and what is being addressed. For women who are downsizing or wish to have their implants removed, a breast lift may be necessary to tighten loose skin that may result. For other patients who have scar tissue, rippling, double bubble, etc., a reconstructive process will be performed to help prevent the same problem from reoccurring. Dr. Yalif will address the issue at hand and resolve the problem with a realistic outcome discussed prior to treatment. Patients should keep in mind that the more complex the procedure, the longer the recovery may be.
Asaf Yalif M.D., F.A.C.S.
Triple Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Yalif combines the skill of a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with a warm bedside manner that puts patients at ease from the moment they meet him. He leads a small team of dedicated professionals at our boutique practice, where each you'll be treated as a member of the Y Plastic Surgery family. Learn MoreRequest Your Consultation
How long does it take to recover from breast revision surgery?
Many of our breast revision surgery patients report a full recovery in 4 to 6 weeks. Patients will be educated on how to properly care for the surgical incision points to reduce scarring. There will also be significant bruising and swelling for the first couple of weeks. Patients should limit strenuous exercise, but should still get up and move around to promote healing and good health.
Get the Breasts You Really Want
If you are not happy with the size, shape, texture, or look of your current implants, consider breast revision surgery. If your implants are 10 years old or older, you may want to have a consultation to discuss your breast health, as well. At a private consultation at one of our offices in Alpharetta, Roswell, or Woodstock, we will answer all questions and concerns, even if Dr. Yalif did not perform the first surgery. Call our office now at (404) 822-4402 or contact us online to see how breast revision surgery can restore the breasts you dream of.