what is breast revision surgery?
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. While the majority of women are pleased with their results, some will make the decision to have their implants removed or replaced. Dr. Connors and Dr. Hart offer breast revision surgery to Atlanta patients who wish to correct, remove or replace an existing implant. This is done to address an implant that is not functioning properly or is no longer aesthetically desirable. In addition, women who have breast implants that have been in place for more than a decade may consider this surgery to replace their current implants.
am i a Candidate For Breast revision Surgery?
If you have any concerns (either medical or aesthetic) about your breast implants, please make an appointment for a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons to talk about your goals and develop your personalized breast revision surgery plan. Whether it's scar tissue, breast drooping, ripples under the skin, or size variations between the breasts, revision surgery can help correct the issue and result in a more normal and healthy outcome. This operation can also help if you are wanting to alter the size, implant styles, or address another aspect of your breasts.
Revision Breast Surgery Reviews
"My new breasts look and feel fantastic!"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr. Connors is a brilliant plastic surgeon and we couldn't recommend him more. Atlanta is brimming with an abundance of "qualified" plastic surgeons who possess the necessary degrees and certifications. However, if your expectations reach beyond "average" and "qualified", the options become exceedingly small. Dr. Connors and his staff set the bar in Atlanta. From the initial comprehensive meeting with him, to the pre-surgery nutritional guidelines and post-operative care, the entire process was seamless and the results are stunning. Tammy and Kristy, his assistants, were especially easy-going and consistently followed up with me every step of the way. Thank-you for making me feel at ease throughout the entire experience and correcting the work of my previous plastic surgeon. Not only do I love the results, but the chronic pain I had been experiencing is finally gone. :)"- D.D. / Google / Jul 15, 2020
"Dr. Connors is a brilliant plastic surgeon and we couldn't recommend him more. Atlanta is brimming with an abundance of "qualified" plastic surgeons who possess the necessary degrees and certifications. However, if your expectations reach beyond "average" and "qualified", the options become exceedingly small. Dr. Connors and his staff set the bar in Atlanta. From the initial comprehensive meeting with him, to the pre-surgery nutritional guidelines and post-operative care, the entire process was seamless and the results are stunning. Tammy and Kristy, his assistants, were especially easy-going and consistently followed up with me every step of the way. Thank-you for making me feel at ease throughout the entire experience and correcting the work of my previous plastic surgeon. Not only do I love the results, but the chronic pain I had been experiencing is finally gone. :)"- D.D. / Google / Aug 02, 2020
"Saline breast implant removal, Silicone replacement with lift - In 2006 I received Saline breast implants over the muscle. Huge mistake. I was genetically prone to have small sagging breast and Saline implants over the muscle just made it 10x worse over the last decade, not to mention child birth, breastfeeding and weight loss. Here are pictures of my breast to date Updated on 1 Dec 2018: Need a breast lift and implant exchange after 12 years, 1 child and weight loss. I had several consultations over the last 3 years. I knew it would be tuff but patience is needed when you want to achieve the best results! I decided on Dr. Conners in Atlanta, GA Updated on 8 Dec 2018: I had my saline implants deflated two weeks prior to my surgery date. I was told that a lot of Dr.’s do this in the hope of helping the muscles to contract, if you had previous implants over the muscles and want to move the replacement implants under the muscle. Updated on 13 Dec 2018: ’m here at Dr. Conner’s office. I arrived at 9:00 for prepping! Anxious, nervous and excited. I just hope everything goes as expected. Ie heard Dr. Conners is excellent for breast in Atlanta, but everyone is different. Updated on 13 Dec 2018: Today is day one post surgery. Very sore and sleepy but not in extreme or unbearable pain as I expected. Dr. Conners called me personally last night to make sure I was ok. The nurse called me this morning, again just checking on me. Staff is truly amazing and helpful. They seem genuinely concerned which is nice. I’ll keep these updates coming! Btw I’m still extremely swollen but breast look amazing! I have drains that when won’t be removed for a week. Updated on 16 Dec 2018: I couldn’t help it anymore. I took a bath today. Although I had been sponge bathing I felt like it wasn’t enough! I sat in the bath tub with waist high water. I even took my bra off and washed my back, well with help of course, I can’t actually do it. Anyway, not in any pain but I am uncomfortable especially when it’s time to sleep. I want to sleep on my side or my stomach. I haven’t taken the Percocet in 2 days! I’m happy about that too. Don’t want to be dependent on that. When it gets too uncomfortable I take the Lyrica and or the muscle relaxer to sleep. Ready to remove the drains but they are still consistently draining, which is also good. Here a few pictures I took today! These babies are perked up. I know there is still a lot of swelling and naturally they will fall but I’m so excited and extremely happy with my results. Just keeping my fingers crossed for my nipple review... Updated on 22 Dec 2018: I went to Dr. Conner’s office on Thursday for my first post op. Everything looks and feels great. I had the drains removed and I got to see everything! I’m so happy with my results so far. I listen and comply with everything they tell me. My nipples looked so good. I still have stitching and scars of course. They gave me more temporary bandage to leave on until next week. I didn’t take pictures when they removed everything but so far here is my progress... I wish I would have went a little bigger. But that’s just me being vain. Updated on 3 Apr 2019: I am extremely happy with my results. I just had another follow up and I’m scheduled to see the Dr. again in 3 months. I am so glad I went with Dr. Connors. My scars are visible but not horrible. I don’t feel like I’ve been butchered. I honestly haven’t used any scar cream or patches although I know I should. My nipples are still healing as well. Extremely happy with my results."- M. / RealSelf / Oct 01, 2019
"Breast Revision, Lift, Underarm Liposuction - I had breast implants 15 years ago. They were implants by Mentor: Smooth Round High Profile Implants both sides 400cc. They've been great and very natural looking until about two years ago when they began to look uneven on nipple height and the right looked smaller than the left. I consulted with three different plastic surgeons who all recommended a lift as well as new implants. They also recommended the newer gummy gel silicone instead of saline. I had my surgery in Atlanta this week. I'm going to post pre-op photos as well as a journey of my surgery and healing."- Y. / RealSelf / Jul 01, 2021
why is breast revision surgery performed?
Some of the most common reasons women undergo breast revision surgery include:
If a saline implant ruptures, the implant device will deflate due to the leakage of saline. This will result in an obvious deflating of the breasts. Silicone implants will not deflate visibly, however a break in the shell may still occur. The only true way to detect a shell break is through an MRI, which is why routine check-ups are recommended throughout the years.
Breast rippling and/or wrinkling can occur along the side of the breast, or underneath it. This occurs within saline implants resulting in an unnatural appearance under the skin. This is most common in women who are extremely thin.
Double Bubble Implants
“Double bubble” is a rare complication with women who have breast implants. This occurs when the implant drops down behind the natural breast crease, or it has risen and now over-drapes (double folds) the breast. When this occurs, an unnatural indention will result in a “double” breast appearance. This is usually caused by improper breast placement from the original surgery, or severe capsular contracture, which shifts the implant from its position.
Breast Implant Removal
Some women may decide later in life they no longer wish to have breast implants in place. Breast implant removal is a procedure that removes the implants and tightens the skin around the breasts to create a natural look.
Some women will be unhappy with their breast size following breast augmentation surgery. They may desire a secondary surgery to replace the implant with one of a different size, texture or shape. Some women may want to go from saline to silicone, or vice versa to achieve the results they desire.
Scar tissue that has formed around the implant may create a capsular contracture. When this occurs, excessive tightening of the capsule will result in a hard feel of the breast. Sometimes, in order to correct this, a capsulectomy must occur. This is the removal of scar tissue from around the implant. In general, silicone implants have a higher incidence of capsular contracture (approximately 10-15% chances) than saline implants (5% chance).
Implant Bottoming Out
This can occur post-surgery when an implant shifts or moves from its original location. This can also occur with aging, gravity, trauma to the chest area, or with excessive scarring.
How does BREAST REVISION surgery work?
Patients who wish to have their implants replaced will undergo a procedure where an exchange of one or both implants may occur. These revision surgeries are generally straightforward. If scar tissue does exist around the implant, an additional step will be taken to remove this. Some patients may require a breast lift during the revision surgery. In addition, a tissue matrix device known as a strattice may be used if added support is needed. The goal of the revision process is to resolve or overcome issues in a way that satisfies the patient’s aesthetic goals.
how long is recovery after BREAST REVISION surgery?
Breast revision surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The ease of recovery will depend on exactly what was being done during the revision process. Most women are able to resume their normal work activities after a full week of rest. Exercise will be a gradual process. It may take up to a full year for the scars to begin to fade and for the newly revised breast or chest area to look and feel natural.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-9 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location