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Plastic Surgeon
Since 1989

Breast Revision Surgery (Breast Implant Repair or Exchange) – Vienna, VA

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About Breast Implant Revision

Many women visit Widder Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center in Vienna, VA, every year for breast implant revision surgery. The purpose of this procedure is to improve or correct the breasts of women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery. Although breast augmentation yields stunning results, sometimes women are unhappy with the outcome or need to replace implants that are no longer physically appealing or functioning properly. Board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shlomo Widder, will meet personally with you to perform a detailed examination in order to develop a personalized plan that best suits your aesthetic goals. The result will restore your breasts to the size, shape, and contour you desire.

Best Candidates

Usually, a breast revision surgery is performed for:

  • Medical reasons
  • Cosmetic reasons
  • Implant exchange

What to Expect

During your consultation, the surgeon will listen to the your concerns and cosmetic goals before making recommendations for a specific treatment plan. Since each implant revision surgery is unique to the patient's situation, the surgical technique and length of surgery and recovery will vary. You should expect a longer recovery time for multiple or extensive revision surgeries that involve removing scar tissue or removing loose skin. A revision that replaces a breast implant usually allows for the shortest recovery period. If you suspect your breast implant has ruptured, please seek medical attention immediately.

Other Considerations

  • Implant ruptures are rare, but it does require revision surgery. A ruptured saline implant may appear to be deflated and flattened, but the saline is safely absorbed by the body. When a silicone implant ruptures, the gel doesn't move, but there is an obvious difference in firmness and the shape of the breast. In most cases, the silicone is still contained within the implant and does not harm the body.
  • Double bubble deformity creates an unnatural indentation in the breast and looks like the implant has fallen out of position. Visually, the breasts will appear unattractively doubled underneath the crease. This usually occurs if the implants were not properly positioned during the augmentation surgery. It can also happen if there is too much scar tissue around the implant itself. Breast revision surgery is the only way to amend this situation as the situation will not correct itself. The surgeon may also use a surgical mesh to reinforce the implant and keep it from moving.
  • Scarring (capsular contracture) can cause a hardening of the breast, which occurs more often in saline implants. There is always a risk of scar tissue forming around the breast implant once it has settled into the chest, which shifts the implant out of place and hardens the breast. In this case, a surgeon would have to remove the scar tissue with a procedure called a capsulectomy.
  • Breast rippling is a visible wrinkling beneath or on the side of the breast. This can often be seen under clothes. Rippling can happen with any augmentation patient, but it is most common with women who are thin and have very little muscle under the breast. Saline implants cause rippling more than silicone implants. This complication is not a health risk, but it does lead to unattractive, wrinkly breasts.
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Recovery Time  
4 – 6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2 – 5 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
3 Months
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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New and Improved Implants

We want everyone to be happy with their breast augmentations, so we offer breast revision surgery (even if it is to correct another surgeon’s work) to help you reach your cosmetic goals. Please schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about your revision possibilities.

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