Breast Implant Revisions

Breast-Implant Revisions – starting at $4000

Implant Exchange Both Sides (Saline implants)  $4000
Implant Exchange Both Sides (Silicone implants) $4500
Implant Exchange with Capsule Removal (Saline implants) $6500
Implant Exchange with Capsule Removal (Silicone implants) $7000

Other procedures, such as those needing Strattice or ADM are priced reasonably.

Breast-Implant Revision Surgery

Women who opt for breast augmentation (breast enlargement) with implants may not be happy with the results for a number of reasons: The implants’ shape, size and/or placement may be problematic, or postsurgical complications, such as leaking, wrinkling, implant displacement, capsular contracture, or symmastia, may have occurred. Although considered safe, revision surgery to correct problems with breast implants may be more complicated, may cost more, and take longer to recover from than the initial surgery.

Remember that on a national level, 20-40% of patients that have a breast augmentation will have another breast operation within 10 years. The most common reasons are capsular contracture (scar around the implant) and desire for a size change.

REASONS FOR BREAST-IMPLANT REVISION SURGERY

After undergoing breast augmentation with implants, women who become pregnant, or lose significant amounts of weight, may no longer be happy with how their breasts look, and decide to undergo revision surgery. Other reasons for breast implant revision surgery include those below.

UNHAPPINESS WITH SIZE OF IMPLANTS CHOSEN

Wanting a different implant size is the most common reason that a patient seeks revision surgery. A patient is advised to wait up to 1 year after the initial procedure before undergoing revision surgery; time is needed before swelling subsides and the implants settle, allowing for a true evaluation of the surgical outcome. Exceptions are when there is a pronounced asymmetry between the breasts, or the implant has leaked or ruptured.

During revision surgery, the incisions made during the initial surgery are often used to remove the implants and replace them with either larger or smaller ones. If larger implants are wanted, the pockets in the breasts that hold the implants are made larger. If smaller implants are wanted, the pockets are made smaller using sutures; a mastopexy (breast lift) may also be performed.

IMPLANTS ARE LEAKING

Implants can leak because of age or defect, injury to the breast, or overfilling. Whatever the reason, a leaking implant should be replaced as soon as possible. The incisions made during the initial surgery are often used when replacing the implant.

A leak to a saline implant is immediately noticeable; the implant deflates and the saline is absorbed by the body. When there is a leak in the types of silicone implants used today, because the silicone is designed to hold its shape, leaks are often only discovered during routine mammograms.

IMPLANTS ARE CAUSING COMPLICATIONS

There is always a risk of complications from a breast-implant procedure. They include wrinkling and rippling of the implant; capsular contracture, in which scar tissue forms around the implant, hardening the breast and changing its look and feel; and symmastia, in which the implants drift together and meet in the middle of the chest.

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Remember that even when breast-implant revision surgeries are successful, new implants are still subject to the same problems as the original implants.

*All pricing includes pre-op/post-op appointments, surgeons fee, and facility/anesthesia fees.

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