The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery prioritizes helping patients feel confident in their own bodies, offering board-certified plastic surgeons to provide compassionate care during breast implant revision surgery. Reasons for this procedure may include a desire to improve size or shape, complications from a prior augmentation, or updating implants. Our team collaborates with patients to design a personalized plan that meets their individual needs and goals, ensuring the highest level of care and satisfaction throughout the journey.
At our plastic surgery center in Pittsburgh breast implant revision is a standard procedure that fixes or improves how breast implants look or feel. There can be many reasons why breast implant revision surgery is necessary:
This occurs when the scar tissue that forms around the implant tightens, causing the implant to become hard and misshapen. Revision surgery may be necessary to remove the scar tissue and replace the implant.
Breast implants may rupture or deflate due to a defect, trauma, or natural wear and tear over time. Revision surgery is necessary to replace the damaged implant with a new one.
The implant may shift from its original position or be placed incorrectly during the initial surgery. Revision surgery can correct the implant's position and achieve the desired appearance.
Some patients may have a rare reaction to their breast implants and need them to be removed, or they would like to switch to a breast augmentation without implants.
The choice of implant placement during the initial augmentation can sometimes lead to visible rippling or animation of the implant. Breast revision surgery can help reduce these problems by changing where your implants are placed, changing the type of implants, or filing the lines with fat.
Patients may decide they want to change the size, shape, or type of their implants to better suit their current aesthetic preferences or lifestyle.
Over time, a patient's body may change due to aging, weight fluctuations, or pregnancy, causing the breasts to appear asymmetrical or unbalanced. Revision surgery can help restore a more symmetrical and youthful appearance.
There are many benefits to having breast implant revision surgery. By addressing the root cause of your concerns, the experienced surgeons at the Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery can restore your breasts to their youthful appearance. These custom-made surgical solutions are tailored specifically for your needs so that your results will last many years to come.
Prior to a breast implant revision Pittsburgh doctors will examine your breasts during your consultation and discuss your goals and concerns. They will also review your medical history and any previous surgeries you may have had. This information will help the surgeon determine if you are a good candidate for breast implant revision surgery and what type of surgery would be best for you.
The type of surgery you will have will depend on the reason for the revision. For example, if you're having surgery to fix misplaced implants, the surgeon might have to move your implants and adjust the tissue around them, which can include adding mesh. On the other hand, if you are having surgery to remove the implants, the surgeon will remove them and potentially perform a breast lift to improve the appearance of the breasts. Usually, the surgery is done under general anesthesia, and it can take several hours to complete.
The results of a breast implant revision can vary from patient to patient. In general though, most people see a significant change in how their breasts look. If the surgery was done to fix an issue with the implants, such as rupture or capsular contracture, the breasts will look and feel more natural. If the surgery was done to change the size or shape of the implants, the breasts would have a more proportionate and balanced appearance. Results for breast revision surgery can often take longer to see than any initial breast augmentation surgery, and for very complex revisions, it may take more than one surgery to obtain your final appearance.
It is important to go to all of your follow-up appointments after breast implant revision surgery. During these appointments, the surgeon will check on how you’re healing, evaluate how well the surgery went, tell you how to take care of the incisions, and when you can return to your normal activities. It's essential that you follow these instructions carefully to make sure that your recovery goes well.
Recovery times can vary from patient to patient, but most people can return to work and normal activities within two to four weeks.
Yes, the amount of scarring can vary depending on the necessary surgery, but in almost all cases, scarring is generally more than the initial breast augmentation surgery. However, the scars will fade over time and become less noticeable over the period of 12 to 18 months.
Breast implant revision surgery can vary widely in cost depending on the procedures required. Simple implant removals or replacements can start anywhere from $2000-$4000. However, for patients that require breast lifts, the addition of mesh or advanced reconstructive techniques can lead to costs upwards of $10,000 dollars. While these procedures can be expensive, these customized surgeries can ensure you have beautiful and long-lasting results for many years to come.
Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and amenities to ensure your comfort and privacy during your visit. We are located in the heart of Pittsburgh and serve patients from all over the world. When you are ready to take the next step, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Davila or Dr. Hurwitz. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals of looking and feeling your best.