Exchange & Removal
While most women are happy with their breast augmentation results, our surgeons often treat women in and around the Sacramento area who had breast augmentation elsewhere and are now experiencing complications. In cases such as these, or for women who want a different size or type of implant, or to remove their implants entirely, breast augmentation revision can help you feel great about your appearance again.
Our plastic surgeons provide a unique and individualized approach to each patient’s breast revision. With careful consideration and meticulous skill, they’ve helped many women correct numerous breast concerns with beautiful outcomes.
Why Choose Us
- As important as experience is for your initial breast augmentation, surgical expertise plays an even bigger role when it comes to breast augmentation revision. Our plastic surgeons perform many revision surgeries every year.
- Our surgeons participate in continuous professional development programs designed to enhance the quality of care they provide and help them stay up to date on the latest techniques and technologies.
- The patient experience is our top priority, and we want that relationship to be a long-term one. The majority of our staff has been with us for 5 years or more, and we’ve worked with the same group of anesthesiologists for even longer.
Best Candidates for Implant Exchange/Removal
Breast augmentation is an extremely popular procedure, and the majority of women are happy with their results. However, there are many reasons a woman may wish to update or even remove her breast implants. One of the more common reasons is that an issue has developed with one or both of the implants. Also, preferences change over time and you may no longer like the look of your implants.
You may benefit from breast implant revision if you notice:
- Implant rupture
- Implant rippling and wrinkling
- “Bottoming out” (breast implants sitting too low on the chest)
- Symmastia (breast implants too close together or even touching)
- Pronounced asymmetry between the breasts
- Capsular contracture (hardened scar tissue that contracts the implant)
Sometimes, women who are initially satisfied with their initial breast augmentation may later feel that they’re no longer happy with the size, shape, or position of their breasts, even without additional complications.
Breast implant revision surgery can replace ruptured or leaking implants, correct implant malposition and other complications, or simply exchange your implants for the size or type you prefer.
Regardless of your reason, our plastic surgeons will carefully evaluate your concerns and design a treatment plan to help you get the results you want.
Good candidates for breast revision surgery should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for their procedure and results. We also recommend waiting until you have finished having children, as changes in weight due to pregnancy could affect your results.
Request Your Consult
Each breast implant exchange/removal performed at The Natural Result / Center for Aesthetic Artistry is tailored to the individual needs of the patient, so the first step of revising your previously performed breast augmentation is to talk with one of our skilled surgeons.
During your consultation, your doctor will review your individual concerns and discuss your options. Our surgeons have considerable experience performing breast implant revision and helping women achieve their goal of having beautiful, natural-looking breast enhancement.
Breast Implant Exchange/Removal FAQs
How much does breast implant revision surgery cost?Every breast revision surgery is different, so determining the cost will depend on a variety of different factors. The experience of your plastic surgeon and your geographical location can affect the standard charges. In addition, the reason you have a breast revision can also affect the cost. For example, a problem with an implant may be covered by an implant warranty, altering the standard price for the procedure. In addition, medical insurance often covers the cost of revision surgery, depending on the cause associated with the revision need.
Revision costs can include things like:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Hospital costs
- Cost of the implants
- Anesthesia fees
- Prescription medications
- Medical tests
Should I return to the same surgeon that did my original breast augmentation?If you are comfortable with your previous surgeon and they are experienced with breast implant revisions, then there is no reason not to return to the same surgeon. However, breast implant revision surgery is more complicated than your original breast surgery and requires special skill and experience. Talk with your surgeon about their revision experience and what they recommend.
How can I find a breast implant exchange surgeon near me?When looking for a plastic surgeon for your breast implant revision, it is important that you find someone that you are comfortable with. You want someone that will listen to and address your concerns and goals. You also need to ask about their experience with breast revisions. A breast revision is a much more complicated surgery than your original breast enhancement procedures and requires special skills. Ask to see their before and after photos, so you know what to expect.
Who is an ideal candidate for breast implant exchange or removal?Ideal candidates for breast implant revision surgery are those that are unhappy with their breast augmentation results. Breast implant exchange can help address complications such as capsular contracture, implant malposition, double bubble deformity, implant ruptures, breast asymmetry or simply the desire to adjust your implant volume. In order to have breast revision surgery, you should be in good health and have realistic expectations when it comes to your surgical outcome.
Should I have my implants removed or replaced?Making this decision is personal and depends on a variety of different factors. Many women may opt to replace their implants with a different implant model or size, while other women choose to return to their pre-augmentation figure. Talk with your surgeon about your options and how to best meet your desired goals.
Is breast implant revision surgery painful?Thanks to anesthesia, you should not experience any pain or discomfort during your breast revision procedure. However, as breast revision is a more complicated procedure than your original breast augmentation, you may experience a little more discomfort during recovery than you did with your initial procedure.
What are the possible risks associated with breast implant exchange surgery?Breast revision surgery is a common procedure and your surgeon does everything possible to reduce any potential risks. However, as with all surgical procedures, there are possible risks. Some of these risks can include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor healing and infections
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- Changes in skin sensation
- Cardiac and pulmonary complication
Will my insurance cover a breast implant exchange or removal?When it comes to cosmetic surgery, most health care insurance policies do not cover the costs. However, insurance may cover breast implant revision surgeries, especially if they are due to capsular contracture, ruptured implants, deformities or wound healing issues. Before considering breast revision surgery, talk with your surgeon and your insurance provider.
Recovery & Results
Recovery from breast implant revision varies among patients. Recovery time will largely depend on the type of surgical technique used during your procedure, along with the extent of the initial concern.
As with your initial surgery, you will most likely have some soreness, swelling and tightness. Mild discomfort and swelling can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses. Healing can take several weeks to months, depending on the type of breast correction needed, so be patient and follow your plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions.
Once you have fully healed, the initial concern from your previous breast augmentation should be corrected or significantly improved and your breasts should be more symmetrical and perkier. To support long-lasting results from your breast implant revision surgery, be sure to wear supportive garments and maintain a healthy lifestyle.