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Breast Augmentation Revision to Get Smaller Implants

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on November 05, 2017


A surgeon holding a large breast implantBreast augmentation surgery is still the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world. And yet despite the many satisfied patients, there are many cases in which the initial surgery yields less than satisfactory results. That's when patients can come to our Edina plastic surgery center to undergo breast implant revision.

Some patients decide to undergo a revision surgery because their breast implants were initially too large. Let's explore this topic in more detail and provide an overview of what this corrective procedure can offer dissatisfied breast enlargement patients.

Large Breast Implants Can Lead to Patient Regret

While large breast implants can dramatically increase the size of your breasts and enhance your bustline in many ways, they can also be the source of regret.

For one, large breast implants may be too large for your frame, resulting in an unnatural appearance and feelings of major self-consciousness. In addition to fake-looking results, large breast implants can place a great deal of stress on the body given the added weight, leading to pain in the lower back, neck, and shoulders. Large breasts can also droop and sag considerably, resulting in serious aesthetic issues later in life.

This combination of cosmetic and health issues leads a number of breast augmentation patients to undergo a revision procedure.

What Is Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery?

Breast augmentation revision surgery refers to a second surgical procedure that corrects issues with the previous surgery. In this particular case, plastic surgeons can replace the large breast implants with smaller ones or remove the breast implants completely.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Revision?

Good candidates for breast implant revision are previous breast augmentation patients who are displeased with the results of their previous surgery and would like to have these issues resolved. Patients should be in good health overall and not suffer from medical conditions that would make a breast surgery a risk to general wellness.

Patients should also be made aware of the risks and benefits of their surgery and have realistic expectations about the procedure and what it entails.

Picking the Right Size for the Smaller Breast Implants

One of the most important aspects of breast implant revision is picking the right size for the new, smaller breast implants. During the consultation process, patients will discuss their options with the cosmetic surgeon. It's important to get the size right, ensuring that the new implants are not too small given the patient's aesthetic goals and needs.

What to Expect During Revision Surgery

Whenever possible, the breast augmentation revision is performed using the same incisions as the initial breast augmentation procedure. This helps limit the amount of post-surgical scarring. After carefully removing the old breast implants, the new implants are placed and properly positioned.

If there is considerable sagging of the skin and breast tissue, a breast lift may be performed at the same time to avoid major drooping and sagging of the breasts following the procedure. This surgery helps enhance the firmness and pertness of the breasts.

The Results of Breast Implant Revision

Many women who undergo revision breast augmentation for smaller implants feel much better about their appearance afterwards. The new implants better complement their figure, and issues with body pain associated with large breasts are alleviated. Scarring following this surgery is easily concealed with most undergarments, bathing suits, and tops.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

For more information about breast augmentation revision surgery and whether or not it's ideal for you, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon today. We will help you make the right choices when it comes to your aesthetic goals and options.

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