WHat is a Breast Revision?
Breast augmentation is one of the most requested cosmetic surgeries in America, and in many cases, allows for terrific outcomes. However, sometimes a woman can be unhappy with the results of her breast implants and at some point may want them removed or revised. Port Saint Lucie, FL board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. William Vinyard offers breast revision surgery for women for implant replacement, removal, and repair. It is important to note not all revision treatments are due to practitioner error. While there are a few surgeries that do end with an unpleasing outcome, there are women who have specific reasons for revising their primary augmentation. In addition, there are some women who must have revision surgery for a particular condition. It is important to note not all revision treatments are due to practitioner error. Dr. Vinyard will treat breast revision patients even if he did not perform the first augmentation. Capsular contracture, implant rupture, asymmetry, displacement, rippling, size change, or the desire to remove the implants entirely are all reasons why women seek revision surgery. It can be embarrassing to live with breast implants that "just don't look right" or are different in shape, size, or projection. Confiding in a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, like Dr. Vinyard, about your breast implant issues is a great first step in the journey to revising your first surgery. Schedule a one-on-one a consultation at VIPS so you can discuss your concerns and goals.
"Committed to a Phenomenal Outcome Tailored Specifically to Me! - I thoroughly research plastic surgeons, best practices, trends, outcomes, etc. Above and beyond the fact that Dr. Vinyard is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and operates in an accredited operating facility is the trust I have with him. He spent so much time with me during not only my consultation, but again during my pre-op appointment and the morning before surgery. He is meticulously devoted to intricate details designed to achieve a good outcome. I trust him to give me safe recommendations tailored specifically to me and to fully explain everything. He is kind, professional and caring. I never feel rushed and he listens to me. He is so focused; so detail oriented and so honest. His staff is extraordinary! Mary Louise knew I was nervous and she held my hand and looked right into my eyes as I fell asleep. I trust them and felt comfortable telling them my fears. I knew they would take care of me. In addition to my tummy tuck, I had a breast lift, replaced my saline implants with silicone and had liposuction and bodytite of the mons pubis. The results look amazing!"- P. / RealSelf / Jan 05, 2022
"His preop and postop care was nothing but perfect - Dr. Vinyard is a caring, honest, and an amazing plastic surgeon!!! His staff is fantastic!!! His preop and postop care was nothing but perfect! His nurse practitioner, Mary Louise was just as great. If I had any questions or concerns she would get back to me very quickly. Having someone available at all times made me feel so much comfort! It took me 26 years to make a decision on a plastic surgeon, and I’m so grateful I found the perfect plastic surgeon who I can trust my life with. Only regret, wish I had done the surgery long time ago! Remember everyday your body changes after the surgery, trust the process and be patient."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 03, 2022
"A Breast Lift & Reduction is something I’d contemplated since I was 16 years…..Fast forward 23 years later when I finally felt it was time! Time to find the right surgeon! I debated traveling to Miami, but in my search I came across Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery. I was Immediately impressed with the “before and after’s” on their site, and decided to request a consult. One phone call with Blair and I was even more excited to have schedule a consult and see if I had found the right surgeon! Blair was just the beginning, at my initial consult I met Mary Louise (So awesome!), who made me feel super relaxed and at ease. She talked me through what to expect, made sure my questions were answered and let me know I could reach out at any time if something ever came up, no matter how small; before or after the procedure. Dr. Vineyard is truly the icing on the cake! His whole demeanor is what sealed the deal for me; His approach is very calming and reassuring. He never made me feel rushed and answered all my questions thoroughly, even the ones I’m sure I asked more than once. He is so professional, yet very comforting! Dr. Vineyard and his entire team truly understand how to make you feel like a true VIP! The process was extremely smooth and one I’ll never regret. Surgery, the follow up appointments and most importantly the after-hours support was truly AMAZING! I LOVE MY RESULTS! & so I can guarantee Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery will definitely be my one only choice for any future procedures! Thank you Dr. Vineyard & your AMAZING TEAM!"- V.C. / Google / Dec 23, 2021
"Breast Reduction / Lift , & I Love My Results!!! - A Breast Lift & Reduction is something I’d contemplated since I was 16 years…..Fast forward 23 years later when I finally felt it was time! Time to find the right surgeon! I debated traveling to Miami, but in my search I came across Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery. I was Immediately impressed with the “before and after’s” on their site, and decided to request a consult. One phone call with Blair and I was even more excited to have schedule a consult and see if I had found the right surgeon! Blair was just the beginning, at my initial consult I met Mary Louise (So awesome!), who made me feel super relaxed and at ease. She talked me through what to expect, made sure my questions were answered and let me know I could reach out at any time if something ever came up, no matter how small; before or after the procedure. Dr. Vineyard is truly the icing on the cake! His whole demeanor is what sealed the deal for me; His approach is very calming and reassuring. He never made me feel rushed and answered all my questions thoroughly, even the ones I’m sure I asked more than once. He is so professional, yet very comforting! Dr. Vineyard and his entire team truly understand how to make you feel like a true VIP! The process was extremely smooth and one I’ll never regret. Surgery, the follow up appointments and most importantly the after-hours support was truly AMAZING! I LOVE MY RESULTS! & so I can guarantee Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery will definitely be my one only choice for any future procedures! Thank you Dr. Vineyard & your AMAZING TEAM!"- V. / RealSelf / Dec 22, 2021
"I had a breast augmentation for asymmetry and the results were life-changing - Best experience I had in a very long time. Such a warm and welcoming staff. They really care about you and want what’s best. Walked me through every step and supported me like family. I don’t think I would have found such a comfortable environment anywhere else. Dr. Vineyard is an amazing doctor. Listened to my concerns, answered ever question and really suggested the best options for me. He really cares about achieving the best result possible for you and making you very confident and informed in your journey. They did an amazing job. My results were phenomenal I could have never imagined they would turn out this good. I’m so happy with the entire experience. The healing process was smooth and fast. They checked up on me throughout the entire process. I had a breast augmentation for asymmetry and the results I got from VIPs changed my life. I always look forward to coming in for an appointment because it’s such a kind and comfortable place to be. I truly have so much respect for Dr. Vinyard and the VIPs staff. Thank you so much for everything you guys do."- A. / RealSelf / Dec 09, 2021
Who Is A Candidate?
If you have any concerns (whether medical or aesthetic) about your breast implants, please schedule a consultative appointment with Dr. Vinyard to develop your personalized plan for breast revision surgery. Whether it is scarring, drooping or sagging, rippling, or uneven breasts, revision surgery can help correct the deformity and result in a more normal and healthy breast appearance. This procedure can also help if you are wanting to change size, implant styles, or address any other aspect of your augmentation. You are a candidate for revision surgery or breast implant exchange if you have had your implants for years.
Why Have A Revision Surgery?
Breast revision surgery either takes out an implant that is not working or functioning correctly or is no longer wanted. Breast revision surgery may also be performed to switch implant size or go from an implant to a fat transfer (or vice versa). There are a few other common cases in which a revision surgical treatment is desired or required:
Even though this is rarely seen, implant rupture can occur. If a saline implant type ruptures, deflation will take place almost immediately. Therefore, a visible deflation will occur. On the other hand, if the implant is silicone based and ruptures, it is only seen through an MRI. Whether silicone or saline, if a rupture happens, a secondary procedure will be required.
This is the term used for scar tissue hardening, occurring when the delicate tissue around the saline or silicone implant becomes hard and thickens. Although many implant surgeries do produce internal scar tissue, most women will never see or feel it. In some situations, the scarring could interfere with implant placement, which can change the breast shape and implant functionality and deliver an undesirable outcome. Capsular contracture surgery to clear away scar tissue would be recommended.
Many women develop breasts that are not even in size or shape. When you have breast implants and one breast is larger than the other, you have a breast asymmetry. Nipples and areolas might not heal the same and look uneven or unbalanced on the chest. You should see a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess your breasts to see what is causing the asymmetry. Surgery would be needed to correct the problem. New implants would be positioned to create a symmetrical result.
Breast implant displacement is a condition that happens when one or both breast implants drop low or "bottom out." This occurs when the implant moves below the support structures in the breast soft tissues that make up the natural crease beneath the breast. In many cases, this is a situation where there was a positioning error from the first surgical procedure. Dr. Vinyard will present several options to a patient with "bottoming out" implants, but it would need surgery for repair.
Symmastia is a condition that takes place when implants are inserted and placed too close together. In most cases, this is because the implant used was the wrong shape and width. A revision treatment will correct this problem by utilizing an implant that fits your body type and looks pleasing to the eye.
Implant rippling is a condition that occurs when there are obvious ripples and wrinkles beneath the skin. Rippling generally forms just along the edging of the implant nd is more common in patients who have a low body weight. Often, this condition can be fixed by simply changing to a silicone implant.
There are times a secondary breast surgery is as simple as receiving a smaller or larger sized implant. With the original surgery, you may have opted to be too conservative or selected a size that no longer fits your lifestyle. A new breast implant of a different size can be switched with the original to reach the desired aesthetic goal.
What Can I Expect?
Revision breast surgery is performed with general anesthesia. Recovery from a revision surgery varies based upon the complexity. Keep in mind that if you have a revision surgery that warrants many complex surgical techniques, you may need a longer recovery that could possibly take up to several months. Patients will begin to see their newly revised outcomes once the swelling disappears. The goal following revision breast surgery is to reach a result that is both natural-looking and corrects the concern from the primary augmentation. We will take about expectations, recovery, and more when you visit our office and go through the consultation process.
Revise Your Implants at VIPS
Revision surgery for breast implants is a custom treatment tailored for your aesthetic goals by board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Vinyard. If you notice a visible defect with your breast implants or fancy a different outcome, we welcome you to get in touch with our Port Saint Lucie, FL office to make your appointment at VIPS. There are so many factors to think about in revision surgery and Dr. Vinyard will perform a full physical assessment, create your revision treatment plan, and help you set realistic expectations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast revision surgery cost?
The cost of breast revision surgery can vary greatly depending on what needs to be done. During your consultation, Dr. Vinyard will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical exam to assess your implants. Then, he can talk about your options before developing your surgical plan. The cost of revision surgery will depend on the complexity of the procedure, as well as what you choose for your new implants. It is best to focus on getting the results you want from a plastic surgeon that you trust rather than the cheapest option. To help make your surgery easy to afford, VIPS accepts many different payment methods and we can help you find low-interest financing through CareCredit.
What if Dr. Vinyard wasn't my original surgeon?
Dr. Vinyard can perform your revision surgery even if he wasn't the surgeon who did your original breast augmentation. Breast revision surgery can be more complex than the original augmentation if you want dramatic changes or have problems, so it's best to find a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon like Dr. Vinyard who has years of experience and advanced training in breast surgery. Dr. Vinyard also welcomes his patients to return to VIPS for revision surgery after their augmentation surgery if they have a problem or want a change.
What about loose skin?
If you are having your implants removed or are changing to a significantly smaller size of implants, you may need to have excess skin removed during your surgery. After listening to your goals and assessing your current implants, Dr. Vinyard can discuss the need for a breast lift to remove loose skin. If you lose a significant amount of weight, become pregnant, or breastfeed after augmentation surgery, a revision with a lift can help you get better results.
Will there be new scars?
When possible, Dr. Vinyard will make incisions for revision surgery in the original location of your first augmentation surgery. However, if this is not possible, he will place new incisions where they will be less visible. Breast revision surgery typically uses a transaxillary incision (through the armpit), a periareolar incision (on the lower edge of the areola), an inframammary incision (under the fold of the breast), or TUBA incision (through the belly button). Dr. Vinyard or a member of his team will go over scar care management so your incisions heal smoothly and blend into your skin.
Do I have to change my implants?
While implants can last a long time, they do need to be replaced at some point. After augmentation surgery, it is important to have your implants checked regularly so Dr. Vinyard can help you decide when your implants should be replaced. With so many advances in the medical field, you may want to consider the newest implant shapes and types to achieve your best look during breast revision surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location