The breast size and shape changes over time, regardless of the presence of implants. Although breast augmentation has long term effects, the results are not permanent. Breast augmentation revision is sometimes necessary after a general timeframe to remove or replace the current implants.
There are numerous techniques for revision surgery depending on the reason for the revision. Change in breast size, implant rippling, implant malposition and poor areola placement are common reasons revisions take place. The methods used during your surgery depend on these factors, and the best options for your revision will be provided by your surgeon.
The submammary incision is almost always used for revision surgery, but this may not be the case depending on the specific revision you are receiving. Although recovery time varies among individuals, patients can expect a full recovery within 2-4 weeks after surgery.
When to consider implant removal:
• Implants have deflated or leaked
• Tightening of scar tissue around implants
• Desire to change the size or shape of implants
Other cosmetic procedures that may be performed with implant removal include:
• Breast lift
• Replacement of implants
• Performed under general anesthesia
• Outpatient procedure