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Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Breast implant revision surgery is a cosmetic procedure to fix an issue in the breasts after they have been augmented. This often happens to women who have had their implants for a long time, those who are starting to see sagging from age, and who have experienced extreme weight changes. Breast implant revision is a surgery used to improve the results of an earlier breast implant surgery. This may be required after the initial breast implant surgery in some cases.

Some of the most common causes of breast implant revision include:

  • The implants are not positioned correctly.

  • Determining the implant's size

  • The desire for a breast lift

  • Implant rippling

  • Capsular contracture.

  • Nipple and areola elevation

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Revision?

People who may require breast implant revision surgery are:

  • Patients whose breast deformity may be corrected using pocket correction are eligible.

  • Patients who wish to enhance or reduce the size of their implants can do so at any time.

  • Those who want their implants moved from sub-glandular to sub-muscular.

  • Women whose breasts sag after having implants and becoming pregnant.

  • Patients with drooping breasts and nipples that point downward.

  • Patients with rippling, shifting implants or severe infections don't respond to medication.

  • Patients who want to get their implants removed.

The following patients would not benefit from breast implant revision surgery:

  • Pregnant or nursing women.

  • A patient who has had implant infections in the past but who still wants to keep them.

  • Patients who hope to slim down considerably following breast implant revision.

  • Patients with unrealistic expectations about the amount of revision will often be disappointed.

How is Breast Implant Revision Performed?

There are several reasons a woman might get breast implant revision surgery, which is outpatient and usually only requires general anaesthesia. The surgeon often uses the original incision site, so there's no new scarring. Some of the most common techniques for Revision Breast Augmentation Surgery include:

When a breast implant reposition is required because of malposition, the surgeon must remove scar tissue from the capsule surrounding the implant. The pocket will be reconstructed with suturing techniques in a more appropriate position. Other tissues, such as acellular dermal matrix products, may be required to establish the new pocket and provide further support.

If a patient wants their breast implants to be either bigger or smaller, the surgeon will adjust the pocket size accordingly. If they want it made smaller, sutures will be used to keep hold of a smaller implant, while if they want it larger, the pocket is enlarged. A breast lift can also be done simultaneously to fix any droopiness in breast tissue.

If capsular contracture is why you're seeking a revision, your surgeon will remove the hardened capsule and the implant. If desired, a new implant can be placed in its stead. To prevent the recurrence of capsular contracture, your surgeon may suggest that implants originally situated subcutaneously or above the muscle be repositioned below the muscle. This would require creating a new pocket beneath the pectoralis muscle.

Saline implants can rattle when implanted, resulting in visible and tangible edges. In this situation, the doctor may relocate the implants or create a new pocket entirely. The new pocket is generally thicker muscular coverage or incorporates other tissues to cover the implant's edge. Some patients choose to replace their saline implants with silicone ones or have them removed completely.

If a breast lift or an adjustment of the nipple and areola position is required, additional incisions will be necessary. A cut around the top part of the areola may be enough if only a little uplift is required. If significant lifting and straining are required, an incision around the entire areola and one from the areola to the breast's natural crease may be necessary. To raise the nipple and areola, they remain connected to the tissue below them. An extra incision along each breast crease may be required if too much skin has to be removed.

Recovery and Downtime

After a breast implant revision, the incisions will be covered with a bandage and drainage tubes may be connected to assist with healing for a short time. Compression garments are frequently used to reduce swelling and support the implants. Most patients report feeling about the same level of discomfort as they did during their first surgery. The length and level of discomfort after the surgery depend on how big the implants are and where they are located. If a breast lift is done simultaneously, it will take longer to recover. However, recovery will be much shorter if all the implants are removed.

During those first few post-op days, patients should plan for some DOWNTIME but still walk around the house frequently to improve circulation and speed up healing. To reduce the amount of swelling, patients should sleep with their heads and backs elevated during the first week after surgery. After seven to ten days, patients can usually resume light duty activities; however, it may take several weeks or months for all swellings to go down and for implants to settle. Numbness and tingling at the incision site are not uncommon in the weeks following surgery but will eventually go away on their own. Full activities can be resumed six weeks post-operation.


You'll notice a difference immediately, and the results will improve every three months as the swelling goes down. The final outcomes are usually permanent if you don't have significant weight changes or get pregnant. Gravity may pull on implants over time, regardless of whether your weight stays stable, so it's recommended to wear a supportive bra with an underwire if possible.

Limitations of Breast Implant Revision

The following are some of the limitations of breast implant surgery:

  • Quality skin and a reliable blood supply are essential for this procedure.

  • Thin patients with little body fat will display more obvious implants.

  • Patients with implants that were too big (at first) may be unable to keep such huge implants in place due to bottoming out or skin thinning.

  • Patients who wish to revise the shape or size of their breasts will have to wait at least three months after the initial augmentation. This is because it takes time for swelling to resolve and for the implants to settle.

Risks of Breast Implant Revision

Some risks of breast implant revision are:

  • Seroma

  • Poor wound healing

  • Rupture

  • Hematoma

  • Damage to underlying foundations

  • Infection

  • Scarring

  • Bleeding

  • Rippling

  • Negative reaction to anaesthesia.

  • Capsular contracture

Get Breast Implant Revision with Luviacure Turkey

If you want a breast implant revision, Luviacure can provide you with the best solutions. We can offer you a wide range of breast implant types from which you can choose.

We use the latest technologies, and our experienced surgeons will ensure you get the best results. Contact us today to book a consultation.

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