Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon
Since 1989

Recurrent problems with breast augmentation

Q: In June 2016, I replaced my original implants from 1999. One was leaking. Everything went well. In October 2016, I had a folded implant, and got it replaced with surgery #2. Today, Dec 2017, I have yet another leakage, and am at a loss for what to do—fearing this is a pattern. Over the muscle, saline, 300cc. Do I change doctors? Now I have more costs to pay, due to no fault of my own! So frustrated.

Three strikes and you are out! If all 3 problems occurred with the same surgeon, then it might be smart to try another surgeon with a different technique or handling of the implants.

Another caveat is that it might be worth considering converting the subglandular pocket into the submuscular pocket for better coverage of the implants and more natural feel.

I have been in practice for over 30 years, and almost exclusively use saline implants under the muscles. Many of my patients are mothers and daughters, and it is in inconceivable that a mother would refer her daughter to me if she was happy with the outcome!

The good news with your situation is that you are a little over a year from your last surgery. In your case, the manufacturer will replace the implant for free and cover anesthesia and operating room costs. Unfortunately, surgeon’s cost will not be covered, and will be your responsibility (unless the surgeon agree to wave it), since it is not the surgeon’s fault.

Always consult with experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons who operate in an accredited surgery center for your safety. Most importantly, check the before and after pictures in the photo gallery, to make sure that they are numerous, consistent, and attractive, with nice cleavage, perkiness, symmetry, and natural looks.

View our Breast Revision Gallery for before and after pics

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.