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Revision of Breast Implant

Revision of breast implants is a surgical procedure that removes or replaces breast implants placed during breast augmentation. The three most common reasons for breast implant revisions- changing implant size, improving the natural feel and appearance of the breasts, and correcting capsular contracture.

Surgical/Procedure Name

Simple Revision of Breast Implants

Common Name

Revision of Breast Implants

Surgical Procedure

The surgeons typically approaches the implant through the same surgical incisions as your original breast augmentation. Surgery may be as short as two hours, but this will vary depending on your particular condition. Revision to correct a complication can take longer and will often require more complex surgical techniques, depending on the initial reason for implant removal.

Hospital Admission

One night at least

Duration of Operation

Two to three hours


General anaesthesia

Pre Operative Care

During the consultation you will need to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions or drug allergies you may have. You should also discuss any previous surgeries you’ve had, especially to the breast, and what drugs you are currently taking, including supplements, herbal and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. It is important to tell the surgeon if you think you may be pregnant. To eliminate the chance of post op bleeding you should avoid aspirin and any medication containing aspirin or brufen for two weeks prior to surgery. You should also not smoke for 4 weeks prior to surgery as smoking can affect your reaction to the anaesthetic and slow down the healing process. Patients that suffer from hypertension must inform the surgeon prior to surgery.

Post Operative Care

After revision of breast implants you are likely to have some discomfort, swelling, bruising, hardness and pain/twinges in the breasts. These are temporary and should subside after the first few weeks. It may take several months for the shape of your breast to settle.

Depending on the average physical activity of the patient, and the complexity of the surgery, a return to normal lifestyle usually occurs within one to two weeks following their breast revision surgery.

Risks and Complications

Like all surgical procedures, breast implants revision surgery has its own set of risks and side effects. Knowing what complications may arise, as well as what can prevent them will help patients enjoy a positive experience.

Some of the complications that may result from this procedure include:

  • Infection
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Need for second or even third procedures

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