About Breast Revision Surgery
Breast augmentation using implants is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures in America, and in many cases creates terrific outcomes. There are always exceptions, which is why our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul S. Gill performs breast implant revision surgery for women who no longer want their implants. At The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we consult with women who wish to remove or replace their implants for health, cosmetic, or personal reasons. In talking with his or another plastic surgeon's former breast augmentation patient, Dr. Gill has discerned that many women no longer want implants because her lifestyle changed, or she wants to replace old implants. Then there are also patients who need the implants out for health reasons like breast cancer — even if it is unrelated to the implant, an implant removal is a necessary part of treatment. Since implants do not last a lifetime, it may just be time to exchange them out, correct a ripple, or remove hardened scar tissue.
Whatever your reason is to have your implants removed, we are here to listen and assist you in determining the next course of action in your plastic surgery journey. Make an appointment at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Woodlands, TX. In his experience, Dr. Gill has performed breast implant revision surgery for his patients so that each one can live her healthiest life.
"My experiences with Dr. Paul Gill and his staff have been nothing short of fantastic! When choosing a plastic surgeon, you can be easily overwhelmed, but Dr. Gill and his staff immediately put me at ease and just after the first appointment, I knew he was the one I would be using for my procedure! He is super sweet, explains everything in detail, and he is always present for followups. His nurses are extremely helpful and the office staff are always so pleasant. I am absolutely in LOVE with my results as well!!!! I highly recommend!"- L.M. / Google / Feb 06, 2019
"I cannot even begin to explain how great my experience has been with Dr. Gill and his staff. From my consultation appointment, through surgery, post op phone calls and visits, they have all been so caring and attentive and made me feel so comfortable. I am absolutely thrilled with my results! Thank you isn't enough! Y'all are the BEST!"- K.I. / Google / Jan 31, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Gill!Dr. Gill and his staff are very professional and they make you feel at home. The quality of care they provide is really top notch. I had never had surgery before or been under anesthesia but they made me feel at ease. I am still blown away by my results and what Dr. Gill was able to accomplish with my breast lift and implants; plastic surgery really is an art that he has mastered. I'm still in disbelief when I look in the mirror. I was recommended to Dr. Gill by two friends of mine who were also very pleased with their results. I'm so glad I pulled the trigger and finally did it! I feel more confident and I'm excited to wear clothes that I would not have felt comfortable in before. I will continue to go to The Gill Center for any plastic surgery or dermatology procedures."- J.B. / Google / Jan 31, 2019
"Dr. Gill is nothing shy of amazing! His bedside manners are everything and so is his staff! Dr. Gill took time to answer my questions and describe a plan of action that would work best for me. His craft and skill are remarkable and I would highly recommend him to anyone thinking of undergoing a cosmetic procedure. I came in looking like a telly tubby and left out looking like an Instagram model. I can't wait to show off my new, non-visible tummy! Oh and did I mention that Dr. Gill is easy on the eye! Now he's married but it sure doesn't hurt to have a surgeon that's highly skilled and easy to look at :-)."- K.P. / Google / Jan 30, 2019
"I have been a patient with Dr. Gill for many years she is excellent in treating medical skin issues as well as health and beauty aids. Excellent personality with a friendly staff."- L.T. / Yelp / Jan 22, 2019
Should you have any issues (either medical or aesthetic) after breast augmentation surgery, please make a consultative appointment with Dr. Gill to go over your options and to develop your personalized plan for breast revision surgery. Whether it's scar tissue, drooping or sagging, ripples under the skin, or breast asymmetry, revision surgery can correct the irregularity. This operation may also be appropriate for you if you are wanting to alter the implant style, size, or shape. We look forward to having a conversation with you about why you think you would make an ideal candidate for a breast revision. Dr. Gill wants your input so that he can make recommendations based on what can be done and what you envision your breast will look like after the surgery.
Common Reasons for Revision
Breast revision surgery either removes an implant that is not functioning properly or is no longer desired. Breast revision surgery may also be performed to change implant size or go from an implant to a fat transfer (or vice versa). There are other common situations where a revision treatment is desired or required:
This condition occurs when the implant sizes look disproportionate. This may be due to an incorrect size implant, or sagging on one side, or a different condition that may cause asymmetry. An in-depth evaluation would need to take place to determine what is leading to the asymmetry, then a revision surgery would be needed to resolve the problem, and finally a new set of breast implants would be positioned to create a symmetrical result.
This is a problem that happens if one or both implants "bottom out" or drop too low. Sometimes this is a case of a positioning error from the original breast augmentation surgery. To modify this, a different placement technique may be needed. For some patients, tissue grafting most likely will be needed, in addition to a surgically formed pocket to fit the new implant. For many patients, going to a silicone breast implant usually will solve this issue.
Sometimes a secondary breast surgery is as straightforward as getting a smaller or larger sized breast implant. During the first surgery, you may have opted to go too conservative or gone a bit too large. A different implant size can be placed to reach the desired appearance.
This is known as scar tissue hardening, occurring when the delicate tissue that surrounds the saline or silicone implant becomes thick and hard. Although many implant surgeries do create some internal scar tissue, most women will never see or feel it. In some circumstances, the hardening tissue could interfere with implant placement, which can change the breast shape and implant functionality and deliver an undesirable outcome. Capsular contracture surgery to eliminate scarring would be recommended.
This condition occurs when you see obvious rippling and wrinkles under the skin. This irregularity typically forms just along the edging of the implant. Rippling is generally found in patients who are of low body weight. Many times, this issue can be fixed by simply switching to a silicone breast implant.
Even though this represents a small percent of cases, breast implant rupture can possibly occur. When a saline implant type ruptures, the implant will deflate almost immediately. Because of this, a visible flattening will be noticeable. Meanwhile, if the implant is silicone based and ruptures, it is only seen via an MRI. Whether silicone or saline, when a rupture occurs, a replacement procedure will be required.
Symmastia is a condition that takes place when breast implants are inserted and placed too closely together. Most often, this is because the breast implant used was the incorrect shape and width. A revision treatment will repair this problem by using an implant that fits your frame and will be placed in the right position.
When you undergo breast implant removal surgery with Dr. Gill, you will be placed under a general anesthetic in most cases. This outpatient procedure usually takes an hour or less. Dr. Gill will first make an incision either around the nipple/areola complex or in the breast crease (usually in the same location as your first breast augmentation). Through this incision, he will remove the implant. As saline implants are inflated with the solution once they have been placed, he may deflate the implant before proceeding. Once Dr. Gill has lifted out your implant, he will close the incisions with sutures and apply a sterile dressing and tape.
What to Expect
Following your breast implant removal surgery, you should expect a few days of downtime and up to three weeks before resuming your normal activities. Initially, you may experience swelling, bruising and discomfort, but Dr. Gill may prescribe medication to manage your pain. The swelling may also cause changes in nipple and breast sensation. Revision surgery that warrants complex revision techniques will need a longer recovery that could possibly last up to 6 – 8 weeks. You should slowly start to see your surgical results when the bruising and swelling begins to fade. Dr. Gill or someone on his team will discuss what should be expected while you heal with practical recommendations for a faster recovery. You should go to all follow-up visits as directed by Dr. Gill so he can monitor your healing and results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast revision surgery cost?
Your cost for breast revision surgery will vary based on the complexity of your procedure. In your consultation, Dr. Gill will listen carefully to your needs and goals before completing a physical examination of your implants. After this, he will talk about your choices before creating your treatment plan. The total cost of revision surgery will be based on the complexity of the procedure, plus your new implants. It's better to concentrate on getting great results by finding a skilled cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Gill, instead of the cheapest surgeon. As a way to help make your surgery affordable, The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology accepts many different payments and we will give you information on low-interest financing.
What if Dr. Gill wasn't my original surgeon?
Dr. Gill can perform your revision surgery even if he was not the surgeon who did your original breast augmentation. Revision surgery is sometimes more difficult compared to augmentation surgery especially if you want significant changes or have problems, which is why it is best to find a cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Gill who has advanced training and experience in breast surgery. He also welcomes his patients to come back to The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology for revision surgery after their augmentation surgery if they notice an issue or would like new implants.
What about loose skin?
When you are getting your implants exchanged or removed, you may want to have excess skin removed as well. After hearing your goals and evaluating your current implants, Dr. Gill can discuss adding a breast lift to remove sagging skin. If you lose a lot of weight, get pregnant, or breastfeed after augmentation surgery, a revision with a lift gives you better results.
Will there be new scars?
When possible, Dr. Gill will make incisions for revision surgery in the original augmentation incisions. If this isn't possible, he will place the revision incisions where they are least visible. Revision surgery may use a trans-axillary incision (in the armpit), a periareolar incision (at the lower border of the areola), an inframammary incision (beneath the breast fold), or TUBA incision (through the belly button). Dr. Gill or a member of his team will explain scar care instructions so your incisions heal smoothly and blend with your skin.
Do I have to change my implants?
Although implants are long lasting, they do require replacement eventually. Once you've had augmentation surgery, it's important to get your implants examined at least once a year so Dr. Gill can help you determine if your implants need to be exchanged. With frequent advances in medical technology, you may prefer the new implant types and shapes to get a better outcome from breast revision surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 - 7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 - 2.5 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Book Your Revision Consult
While there’s no such thing as the "perfect" breast augmentation, an ideal breast augmentation is one that achieves your aesthetic goals without resulting in any unwanted complications. When health problems, implant complications, or lifestyle changes require a breast implant revision surgery, Dr. Gill at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. If you notice a visible defect with your breast augmentation results or desire a different result, we invite you to get in touch with our The Woodlands, TX office to make your appointment. There are so many factors to consider and Dr. Gill will perform a breast assessment, create your revision treatment plan, discuss realistic outcomes and expectations. Make your appointment today.