Breast Implant Revision

Whether you want to revise the results of a previous breast augmentation, or need to have your implants removed or replaced for medical reasons, Dr. Kramer can perform a breast implant revision. Primary reasons to have a breast implant revision:
  • You desire a change in your implant size or type (silicone/saline)
  • You need to replace/remove an implant due to issues such as rupture, capsular contracture, or symmastia

Changing the Size, Shape, Profile or Type of Your Implants

If you are seeking a breast implant revision for personal reasons, Dr. Kramer will listen carefully to understand what it is you want to accomplish with your surgery. One of the most common reasons women give for wanting to revise a previous breast augmentation is that they are no longer happy with the size they originally chose. Whether you want to decrease the size of your implants or go bigger, Dr. Kramer will help you to choose an implant size that will provide you with your desired outcome and fit well with your body without looking unnatural or overdone. As breast implant manufacturers continue to develop new breast implants, several women choose to undergo breast implant revision to take advantage of new implant technologies. For example, newer implants such as cohesive silicone gel (gummy bear) breast implants may encourage women to change out their old implants for a more natural look and feel. Women may also choose to replace their round implants with newer teardrop or anatomically-shaped breast implants.

Breast Implant Removal and Replacement for Medical Reasons

While complications with breast augmentation are rare, if they happen they can be treated with an implant revision. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Kramer will carefully observe the condition of your breasts to determine the underlying issue. The defective implant(s) will be removed using the same incision location where it was originally inserted. Most women choose to have the implant replaced with a new one, but this is entirely up to you. In the case of capsular contracture, Dr. Kramer will need to remove the hardened scar tissue that has formed around the breast implant. The implant can then be removed or replaced depending on your preferences.

Breast Implant Revision Q&A  

If I’m not happy with a breast augmentation result, how soon can I have a revision? 

Though you might want to have a revision surgery right away, it’s best to wait at least 6-12 months after your initial breast augmentation to have a revision. Your body needs time to heal and the implants need to settle into their final placement so that Dr. Kramer can determine exactly what is needed during the corrective procedure. 

What types of things can be fixed during a breast implant revision? 

If you aren’t happy with the results of your initial augmentation, or your breast appearance has changed over time, it’s very likely that a revision procedure can improve your look. Revision surgeries can correct somewhat smaller concerns such as nipple placement and can also be as extensive as a complete removal of existing implants with replacement of updated implants. Unwelcome changes in breast shape, position, and firmness are common reasons for revision surgery.  

What about if I just want to change out my existing implants? 

Dr. Kramer can perform revision surgery for women who are looking to change out their existing implants for a larger size or different implant type, even if you are not having any medical concerns with your implants. It’s not uncommon for women with larger implants to choose to replace those implants with a smaller size when they are older. In addition, some women with saline implants or older generations of silicone implants are interested in upgrading to a modern implant for improved shape and feel. 

What is the capsule around a breast implant? 

When learning about breast implant revision, you may have heard that the surgery requires removal of the breast implants and sometimes the capsule that surrounds them. This capsule is a thin layer of tissue that naturally forms around a breast implant (or any body implant). In some cases, an excessive amount of this tissue may form and constrict one or both of your breast implants. This is known as capsular contracture. In many revision surgeries, Dr. Kramer removes this tissue and creates a new pocket where the new breast implant is placed. 

Getting Started with Breast Implant Revision in Boise

At Kramer Plastic Surgery, your liposuction will be approached in a personalized way to remove or replace your breast implants in the safest way to achieve your desired outcome. Years of board certified plastic surgery experience, top-level training, and life-enriching results are just a short drive away with Boise’s own Jonathan Kramer, M.D. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and make life happen.


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