About Breast Implant Surgery
Breast implant revision surgery is often performed following implant surgery with another surgeon and dissatisfaction with the result usually due to poorly positioned or disproportionate implants for their body size, and sometimes because the implants have changed position after surgery.
Another reason for implant revision surgery is the presence or concern regarding a rare type of cancer associated with breast implants called ALCL – Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. ALCL is a rare tumour that can occur in the capsule around breast implants. Some women with implants may have concerns regarding the risk of this type of cancer and often consider removal of their implants or change to an implant with a lower risk of this tumour developing.
Revision surgery can also be appropriate many years after a successful breast augmentation, to help maintain an optimum result. This may be due to the change in a patient’s weight and body shape as they have aged or because capsule contracture has occurred. Capsule contracture is when a tight constricting capsule develops around a breast implant which can be likened to deep scarring.
The nature of the revision surgery differs between patient body types and reason for the surgery. Sometimes a repositioning of the implant/s is all that is required whilst other times a change of implant/s may also be necessary.
Where a capsule has contracted the scarring may require excision.
After how many years should I get my breast implants changed?
Breast implants will normally need to be changed after 15-20 years if there have been no complications.
Should I change my breast implants once I have stopped breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is likely to change the shape of your breast. Once you have stopped feeding you may wish to have revision surgery to lift and/or change the implant to obtain a fuller breast.
Will I have more scarring from having a revision augmentation?
Although scars are the inevitable results of any surgery, additional scarring from revision surgery is usually insignificant. Every effort is made to make the scars as inconspicuous as possible. Usually scars can be hidden inside natural skin creases where they are easy to conceal.
How long is my surgery post recovery?
Breast augmentation revision surgery is usually performed as day surgery but sometimes requires an overnight hospital stay.
Following your procedure, dressings will be applied to the incisions and you will need to wear a support bra for 2-4 weeks to minimise swelling and support your breasts as they heal.
A return to all normal activities is expected by 6 weeks.
Capsular contracture: a capsule that has formed around an implant
Fees for breast augmentation revision surgery usually fall in the range of $5000-$8000 with the fees likely to be at the lower range if new implants are not required.
Following your consultation, a tailored quote for your planned procedure will be provided to you. For more information on fees and rebates please visit the fee section on the FAQ page.
Surgery to the other breast is often required or requested. This can be augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction.
Reconstruction of the nipple and areolar is usually performed some months later using the skin at the site of the nipple position. The reason for the delay is that the new breast at first will be higher than the other side so allowing time for it to settle means you have a better long term result.
Tattooing can be used after this to give the skin a better match to the other side.