Breast Augmentation Revision

At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, Atlanta

The results of breast augmentation change over time. Breast implants may require replacement during your lifetime, so you should plan to have future visits with your plastic surgeon to discuss potential revision procedures.

The breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and other natural processes. If you become dissatisfied with your breast augmentation results, revision surgery may improve your appearance.

What is Revision Breast Augmentation?

Revision breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that removes or replaces breast implants placed during breast augmentation. The procedure may be indicated for medical reasons or it may be the patient’s personal choice.

For best results, different cosmetic procedures may be performed during or after breast implant removal. For example, breast implant removal is frequently followed by replacement with a different implant type (such as silicone gel) or breast lift surgery.

Deciding if Revision Surgery is Right for You

There are a variety of reasons to consider revision breast surgery. You may decide that breast implants no longer fit into your lifestyle or you may decide that a different implant size or type is appropriate.

Common reasons include:

  • Change in size preferences
  • Switch from saline to silicone
  • Decision to remove implants

There are also medical reasons for breast implant removal, which may include trauma, disease, or a surgical complication. Possible complications include capsular contracture, implant malposition, visible implant rippling, ruptured implant, and nipple malposition.

How It's Done

Removing breast implants is a relatively simple procedure. Dr. Alan N. Larsen typically approaches the implant through the same surgical incisions as your original breast augmentation. Surgery may be as short as one hour, but this will vary depending on your particular condition. Revision to correct a complication can take longer and will often require more complex surgical techniques.


Recovery after breast implant exchange is about the same as the first breast augmentation, and in some cases, it is faster.

It's important to know that breast implant removal has the potential for an undesirable aesthetic outcome, especially if you’ve had implants for several years. After the augmentation, the skin stretches to accommodate the implants. If they are removed, your skin may not shrink back to normal.

In some cases, the breasts do return to their pre-augmentation appearance, but most patients will benefit from another cosmetic procedure. Dr. Larsen may recommend a breast lift to tighten the tissues and excess skin. To meet your appearance goals, he may also recommend a different implant size or different type of breast implant.

Learn More About Breast Surgery

Do you need more information about breast implant removal in Atlanta? Contact the office of double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alan N. Larsen. Our plastic surgery office is located in the Buckhead area of North Atlanta. Call (404) 367‐9005 to inquire about a consultation.