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Breast Revision Surgery (Breast Implant Exchange/Removal) - Metro Atlanta Area*

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About Breast Revision Surgery

As popular as breast augmentation surgery is in the United States, many women have experienced complications or dissatisfaction with a previous breast implant. Whether it was because of a surgical error, a rupture of the implant or the need to change the size or type of the implant, these women can find breast revision surgery to be the long-term solution they need to fall in love with their breasts again.

Y Plastic Surgery’s double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Asaf Yalif has years of experience performing breast revision surgery to correct, remove, or replace existing implants that are either not functioning properly or not aesthetically pleasing. Regardless of whether Y Plastic Surgery performed the initial surgery or not, Dr. Yalif and our team will consult with patients who desire an implant removal or change.

Why is this surgery needed?

Breast revision surgery may be needed due to a breast augmentation procedure that did not produce the desired results, an implant that is malfunctioning, or for a simple change of aesthetics. Women decide to have this procedure for a number of different reasons, including:

A desire to have a different breast size

After living with breast implants for several years, some women decide to change the size of their implants to smaller or larger ones. This may be an aesthetic preference to change the shape, type of implant, and/or texture of the implant, or it may also be necessary as a woman’s weight fluctuates with pregnancy and advancing age.

The removal of breast implants

Some women desire to have their breast implants removed altogether, as they no longer wish to have them or have a medical condition that requires the removal.

Implant rupture

When a silicone implant rupture occurs, it usually goes undetected until the shape of the breast is noticeably different and is found with an MRI. However, a saline implant will immediately deflate. Both require surgical intervention.

Double bubble

A double bubble refers to a breast implant that is incorrectly placed by the plastic surgeon.  It can also be caused by the implant shifting downward under the breast, giving the appearance of a double breast. This can happen to one or both breasts.

Scarring or capsular contracture

Occurring most often with saline implants, scar tissue can grow around the implant, causing them to lose their shape and feel very hard. These must be surgically removed for best results.

Breast rippling

When a breast implant develops a ripple or a wrinkle within itself, it sometimes can be seen under the skin and around the outside of the breast of the patient. This rippling can occur with saline or silicone implants and within one or both breasts.

What to Expect

The surgical process of breast revision is similar to breast augmentation surgery, depending on the case and what is being addressed. For women who are downsizing, or for those who wish to have their implants removed, a breast lift may be necessary to correct loose skin that may appear afterward. For other patients who have scar tissue, rippling, double bubble, etc., a reconstructive process will be performed to help prevent the same problem from reoccurring. Dr. Yalif will address the issue at hand and resolve the problem with a realistic outcome discussed prior to treatment. Patients should keep in mind that the more complex the procedure, the longer the recovery may be.

Anticipated Results

Breast revision patients will be educated on how to properly care for the surgical incision points to reduce scarring. There will also be significant bruising and swelling for the first couple of weeks. Patients should limit strenuous exercise, but should still get up and move around to promote healing and good health. Many of our patients report a full recovery in four to six weeks and are extremely happy with their revised breasts.

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Get the breast you really want

If you are not happy with the size, shape, texture, or look of your current implants, consider breast revision surgery. If your implants are 10 years old or older, you may want to have a consultation to discuss your breast health, as well. At a private consultation at one of our offices in Alpharetta, Roswell, or Woodstock, we will answer all questions and concerns, even if Dr. Yalif did not perform the first surgery. Call our office now at (678) 783-8024 or contact us online to see how breast revision surgery can restore the breasts you dream of.

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