One of the most popular cosmetic procedures is breast augmentation, a surgery where the primary focus is to increase an individual’s breast size. While it is a procedure that almost always brings positive results, there are cases when a revision surgery is required to fix an implant issue such as rupture, contracture, asymmetry, or even a simple change of size. Dr. Daniel Beck is a Dallas, TX breast surgeon who performs breast revision surgery when necessary. He offers this procedure for patients who experience dissatisfaction with their implants and works with them to establish a surgical plan that will meet their aesthetic goals and desires.
Breast Revision Reviews
"Breast Reconstruction After a Masectomy - Grapevine, TX - Dr. Beck is the BEST plastic surgeon doctor! I would recommend him for Breast Reconstruction surgery. He is a genius.He is kind, knowledgable, honest, easy to talk to, and the best surgeon ever! He has changed my life back to normal! I trust him to do the right thing!! I look great! I feel great! I am so happy! He is a real blessing!I would highly recommend him for breast reconstruction or any kind of plastic surgery! - - I recently was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I had a mastectomy on my left breast. Right after the mastectomy, Dr. Beck started the breast reconstruction during the same surgery. I was so happy with the reconstruction that he performed. He did a fabulous job. He was even able to save me a surgery by adding an implant during the surgery. Dr. Beck was very thorough in his explanations. He explained all my options and what to expect every step of the way. He was also very sensitive and caring. I honestly felt very comfortable and safe in his hands. I trust him completely. He took away all my fears and gave me the hope that I needed to go through this. He assured me every step of the way that I was going to look great and be great! I have actually felt great and my recovery has gone better than I would have ever expected.I would also like to say that his staff is also the very BEST! They are all also very caring and kind. They are a great team! Everyone is so helpful and knowledgeable. They accommodate you as much as possible. He really has an awesome team!"- J. / RealSelf / May 16, 2016
Reasons for Revision Surgery
Breast revision corrects circumstances in regard to breast implants. The surgery focuses on removal, replacement, or making a switch from saline to silicone-based implants. Listed below are the most common cases where a patient may be a candidate for this treatment.
Breast Implant Removal
Individuals who wish to undergo breast augmentation do so to increase breast size primarily for aesthetics. However, after breast augmentation, some women may be dissatisfied with their results and opt to revert back to their normal breast size. Others may want to remove their implants because of health concerns or other personal reasons. Breast revision surgery is a process where the implant is removed and the skin over the breast is tightened to make sure the breast sits in a natural position and looks normal.
Despite the guarantee that implants are safe and leakages are rare, there are cases when a shell breaks down. If it is filled with saline, the solution will be absorbed by the body, and there will be a noticeable deflation of the breast. In the case of silicone implants, the gel will settle where it is originally placed, and the only way to verify it ruptured is with an MRI because the gel doesn’t deflate. This is also the reason why a patient with silicone implants must undergo routine MRI scans.
The tissues surrounding the implant may develop scars over time, which creates a capsular contracture. The scar tissue tightens around the implant, which causes the implant to be displaced. The patient will feel severe hardening of the breast, which can be a discomfort. This is corrected by a capsulectomy in which the scar tissue is surgically removed. Based on statistics, there are more occurrences of contracture with saline implants compared to silicone-based ones.
A noticeable rippling can sometimes be seen underneath or on the side of the breast. This is generally more common among patients who have very low tissue volume and who are thin. Although not really a complication, the unnatural wrinkling may cause discomfort and an unsightly appearance. Rippling is most common with saline implants.
Double Bubble Implants
When an implant moves out of the intended pocket, it may cause the appearance of a double breast where a significant crease is noticeable. Implants not properly placed may drop and extend past the breast’s crease or rise, forming an odd volume on top of the breast. Sometimes, implants are displaced by severe capsular contracture or a tightening scar tissue. Patients who experience this will go ahead with a revision surgery as this condition is usually noticeable when wearing tight-fitting clothes.
Breast implants vary in size, texture, shape and base. Some patients may be unhappy with how the breast looks and may consider a revision surgery to improve the appearance according to preference. It may be another size increase or a switch from a rounded implant to a more natural looking teardrop shape. Some patients also later realize that they’d rather have silicone instead of saline. All preferences will be considered to modify the augmented breast.
Revision surgery is tailored according to the cosmetic issue the patient is addressing. With this treatment, a major correction is done to the augmented breast in conjunction to scar tissue removal, if applicable, or a breast lift if there is sagging. There are instances when a strattice (a tissue matrix device) will be needed to act as an internal underwire if additional support is required. Ultimately, the correction aims to fix the issue that’s the source of the patient’s dissatisfaction.
Breast revision surgery is performed with general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The patient may be sent home after treatment depending on the severity of the case. It is recommended to have someone who can drive the patient home and who can provide support within 48 hours. Patients can resume to their normal routine on the second week. It will take a few more months for the effects of the revision to become noticeable and the breast to develop a natural feel and look.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3-7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
A breast revision surgery can cost between $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the surgical case. It will cost more if there is an implant replacement or if there are other additional procedures, such as breast lift or scar tissue removal. In cases where implants are a manufacturer’s defect, warranties may cover a portion or all of the surgical cost.