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Can Breast Implants Be Replaced for a New Size or Type During Revision Surgery?

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When breast augmentation surgery is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon and the patient has realistic expectations and goals, the outcome is usually positive — both in terms of the patient’s satisfaction and the physical and aesthetic results of the procedure. In rare cases, however, a surgical error may occur, a complication may develop, or the patient simply may not be happy with their final result. In these situations, breast revision surgery in Dallas may be a suitable option for correcting the issue and helping the patient achieve her desired outcome. At Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe understands the highly personal nature of breast augmentation surgery and is committed to ensuring patients are pleased — whether through an initial procedure or a revision. Here, you’ll find more information on when a breast revision may be appropriate and what improvements can be made during a breast revision, including whether you’ll have the opportunity to replace your breast implants with a new size or type.

When is a breast revision needed?

There are several reasons for breast revision surgery. In some cases, patients may need a breast revision to correct a surgical error or postoperative complication, while other women may choose to have breast revision surgery as their preferences change or to address the unwanted side effects of aging, weight loss, and other life events. Some of the most common reasons and concerns patients may undergo breast revision surgery include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Bottoming out
  • Symmastia
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Implant rippling beneath the skin
  • Sagging breasts
  • Loose breast skin
  • Drooping breasts
  • Previously “botched” breast augmentation
  • Prefer a new size or type of implants

How is a breast revision performed?

When possible, Dr. Dauwe performs breast revision surgery through the original breast augmentation incisions to help minimize scarring. Because each patient’s reasons for breast revision surgery are unique, the details of the case will vary. Generally speaking, a breast revision may involve replacing breast implants, trimming away excess skin, using a fat transfer to create a more attractive shape, and making any other necessary adjustments to correct a previous error or complication that may be present.

Can I switch from saline to silicone implants during a breast revision?

Yes. In fact, changing the type of breast implants is one of the most popular reasons for breast revision surgery. In some cases, a patient may not have been eligible for silicone gel implants as a younger woman and eventually decides to replace her saline implants with silicone. Other times, patients who experience bottoming out or rippling with saline implants may prefer to switch to silicone during a breast revision. It is also possible to switch from silicone to saline if desired.

Can I get smaller implants during a breast revision?

Another common question from women considering breast revision surgery is whether they can choose a new size of implants, and the answer is usually yes. Patients should keep in mind that when going from a larger implant to a smaller implant, a breast lift may be required to remove excess, stretched skin. If you have questions about choosing a new size or type of implant during breast revision surgery, don’t hesitate to call us.

Unhappy with a previous breast augmentation? Consider breast revision surgery in Dallas, TX

Whether you’re breasts have changed over time or you suspect that a previous surgical error may have compromised your results, we are here to help. For more information about how a breast revision may be useful in helping you achieve the look you’ve always wanted, call Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery to schedule your Dallas, TX, breast implant revision consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.