Dr. James D. Namnoum | Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Breast revision is an outpatient plastic surgery procedure that improves or changes the appearance of the breasts following a previous breast augmentation surgery. Often breast revision surgery involves replacing old breast implants with new implants but may also involve a breast lift, breast reduction, reshaping the implant pocket, repositioning where the breast implants sit on the chest wall, or changing the implant size, style, or shape.
Breast Revision Specialist in Atlanta
Common reasons individuals that have previously undergone breast augmentation or mastopexy seek a breast revision is to address implant complications like uneven breast shape or asymmetry, excessive scar tissue, capsular contracture, implant malposition, and bottoming out of the breasts.
Breast revision surgery is typically performed to remove or replace old implants with new ones and to lift, reduce, or reshape the breasts.1 The decision to have a breast revision is a personal and oftentimes delicate one. Dr. James Namnoum is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon that has helped many women in Atlanta and beyond achieves natural, beautiful breasts with breast revision surgery.
Good Candidates For Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Dr. Namnoum and his surgical team want you to look as beautiful as you feel, and for some patients, a breast revision may help to do that. This surgical procedure is best suited for:
- Those who wish to exchange their breast implants for a different size
- Those who desire a different type of implants, such as replacing saline implants with silicone implants or silicone gel implants
- Those that are not satisfied with their results from previous breast surgery, including cosmetic breast surgeries and breast reconstruction procedures after breast cancer
- Those that have experienced significant weight loss or weight fluctuations and want to combine implant replacement with a breast lift to improve the location of the areola for a tighter and more lifted appearance
- Those who developed complications after their previous procedure, including symmastia, capsular contracture, or implant rupture/deflation
- Those who no longer want implants and are seeking breast implant removal
Breast Revision Options & Preparation
Depending on the reason(s) that a patient is seeking a breast revision, Dr. Namnoum will recommend which corrective techniques should be used to specifically address any imperfections or unwanted results from previous surgery. During your breast revision consultation, he will work to understand your desires and define your goals, develop a plan of action, and recommend the best option for you.
Typically, breast revision options include exchanging implants, removing scar capsules, reshaping the breast pocket, adding fat for the lining of the implant pocket and enhancement of the breast tissues, lifting the breasts, and/or re-doing a previously performed breast lift procedure.
When appropriate, Dr. Namnoum uses ADM (Acellular Dermal Matrix) or surgical mesh to correct issues from past breast augmentation procedures. ADM is collagen-based, and gradually becomes incorporated into the body’s tissues to support and correct the appearance of poorly positioned breast implants.
What to Expect After Breast Revision
Once your breast revision surgery is complete, our team will be sure to provide any important information on after-care to you prior to leaving the surgical facility. Your breast revision results might not be immediately noticeable, as they will need time to heal.
Swelling and bruising are common during the recovery period and should be expected, but if you experience any abnormal pain or discomfort, please don’t hesitate to call us. Depending on what was discussed during your consultation with Dr. Namnoum, he will go over what was done during surgery and what you can expect moving forward with the healing process during your follow-up appointments.
FAQs About Breast Revision Surgery
How soon after breast augmentation can I get breast revision surgery?
If you are unhappy with previous breast surgery results, it’s important to wait at least six months before a breast revision to ensure that all swelling has subsided.
How much does breast revision surgery cost?
The cost of breast revision can vary based on your unique treatment plan, including the type of implants used, whether a breast lift or other procedure such as liposuction is required, as well as a variety of other factors. The best way to determine the cost for your specific needs is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Namnoum.
How do I know if I have capsular contracture?
A breast that demonstrates capsular contracture may be excessively firm, often misshapen, and can be painful. This complication is shown by breasts that are higher up on the chest, with a low or drooping nipple. If you are experiencing a leak or pain related to your breast implant, breast revision surgery might be right for you.
What causes breast implants to rupture or leak?
In some cases, a previously placed implant can rupture or leak. Leaks can be caused by several things, such as injury or normal wear and tear on the implant. We’ve seen that older implants are usually more prone to leakage.4
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What is breast implant revision surgery? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-implant-revision. Accessed November 5, 2020.
2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Who is a good candidate for breast implant revision? Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-implant-revision/candidates. Accessed November 5, 2020.