A breast augmentation revision surgery is typically helpful in addressing concerns that may arise after the initial breast augmentation procedure. These could include capsular contracture, implant malfunction, and dissatisfaction with breast size.

The procedure of breast augmentation is generally thought to be simple. In reality, it is actually quite complex in its nature as well as execution. Satisfying results from a breast augmentation surgery are highly dependent on the use of correct surgical techniques along with careful execution.

There are individuals who have undergone breast augmentation and ended up with complications such as rupturing or deflation of breast implants. For such patients, a breast augmentation revision surgery might be recommended.

What Is Breast Augmentation Revision?

The process of breast augmentation revision usually involves the replacement of saline or silicone implants so as to modify the size/type of implants or address other complications that occurred after the first breast augmentation procedure.

You may consider a breast augmentation revision procedure in many cases, including the following:

  • The saline breast implants placed in the initial surgery have deflated.
  • An MRI or X-ray shows that there is a shell leak in the silicone implant.
  • The scar tissue surrounding the implant has tightened (also known as capsular contracture) or there is a shifting in the position of the breast implants.
  • You have a desire to modify the size or type of your breast implants.
  • There is a change in your breast tissue owing to weight gain/loss or stretching of skin.

Options for Breast Augmentation Revision

There are basically two types of implants that you can choose from while undergoing a breast augmentation revision surgery. These are saline implants and silicone implants.

While saline implants carry sterile salt water, silicone implants contain elastic gel. Saline implants are further divided into two types: single lumen and double lumen. There are internal shells placed in the double lumen saline implants that render them similar to silicone implants in the sense that they feel firmer and more stable.

What to Expect

Your plastic surgeon will plan the breast augmentation revision surgery depending on your specific requirements. Typically, in order to achieve the desired results, surgeons undertake replacement and modification of implants. When a patient is unhappy with the shape or size of the original implants, then the implants are replaced with a larger or smaller size or a differently shaped implant is used for correction.


The recovery process for breast augmentation revision surgery is quite similar to that of the original breast augmentation. The majority of patients successfully resume their normal routine within a couple of days. Any type of strenuous physical exercise, such as lifting, is restricted.

There might be temporary minor swelling, tenderness, or bruising, just as you experienced in the initial breast augmentation procedure. Your surgeon will keep a constant track of your progress and also offer complete guidance and instructions for quick and safe recovery.

Learn More During a Consultation

Dr. Greg Park is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in breast augmentation and revision surgery. Schedule an appointment for a consultation if you would like to arrange a consultation and find out more.