On occasion, through breast revision surgery, Dallas Texas plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. White helps patients correct previous breast augmentation surgeries. Although the majority of women are extremely satisfied by the results of their breast augmentation after the first surgery, sometimes a revision process is necessary. A variety of issues can cause the need for additional surgeries, such as excessive scarring (capsular contracture), rippling, minor implant rupture, and even a simple change of size. Breast revision surgeries range widely in scope, and are widely successful. Breast revision surgery should be performed by experiences plastic surgeons like Dr. White who comprehend the revision process with a long-standing record of exceptional and sustainable results.
Reasons for Revision Surgery
Our talented surgeon performs breast revision surgery for women in varying circumstances and the surgery is tailored according to the cosmetic issue the patient is addressing. Ultimately, the correction aims to fix the issue that’s the source of the patient’s dissatisfaction. The most common cases where a patient may be a candidate for this treatment are listed below.
Some women learn after breast augmentation surgery that they did not get the size quite right. They feel they either went a bit too big or too small. Most of these individuals live with their implants for some time before deciding they would like a secondary surgery to address the size change. This surgery is usually pretty straightforward and easy to accomplish. However, to ensure that each of his patents are 100% satisfied, during the initial consultation, our doctor makes great effort to work with the patient to determine the right size and look so that this surgery does not become necessary.
Breast Implant Removal
Many women get breast implants strictly for aesthetics. However, some may decide later on that they no longer wish to have them and will desire to have them removed. Breast revision surgery in this case is a process where the implant is removed and the breast reshaped back to a normal size and position so that it looks natural. Skin tightening may be needed if the skin was stretched over time due to the implant.
Despite significant advances in medical technology and strong, durable manufacturing, there are rare cases where an implant may rupture. If the implant is filled with saline, there will be a noticeable deflation of the breast. In the case of silicone implants, the gel stays intact, so there will not be a noticeable difference. An MRI will be needed to detect the defect. Implant ruptures are typically covered under warranty by the manufacturer within a certain amount of time. Patients may get new implants during the revision surgery. Again, implant rupture is a rare situation.
Double bubble is a term used for an implant that has moved out of place and causes a visible crease and a double breast appearance. This can occur if the implants were improperly placed or if a significant amount of scar tissue forms around the implant. A revision surgery is needed to correct this condition. To ensure the implant stays in its proper position, a strattice may be used to protect it from moving.
It is common for scar tissue to form around the breast implant once it has settled into the surgical pocket within the chest. In most cases, this scar tissue does not cause any harm or problems for the patient. However, in some cases, the scar tissue can tighten around the implant, which causes the implant to be displaced. This causes a hardening of the breast, which can look aesthetically unappealing, as well as cause discomfort. This is corrected by a capsulectomy in which the scar tissue is surgically removed. Based on statistics, there are more occurrences of contracture with saline implants compared to silicone-based ones.
A noticeable rippling can sometimes be seen underneath or on the side of the breast. This is generally more common among patients who have very low tissue volume and who are thin. Although not really a complication, the unnatural wrinkling may cause discomfort and an unsightly appearance. Rippling is most common with saline implants.
Breast Revision Reviews
"After one of my implants ruptured, I selected three plastic surgeons (based off reviews and other research). I did not want to replace the implants. Dr. White was the only surgeon who believed I would not need to either 1) replace the implants or 2) have them removed and undergo a breast lift. Dr. White believed he could take the implants out and create natural (if smaller) breasts. I selected him based on this third option and research. I am very happy with the quality of work after two months and believe I absolutely made the right choice."- A.J. / Google / Dec 10, 2019
"I had my breast redone by Dr. White in 2017 he educated me so much on the dos and don't that I felt like it was my first breast augmentation.. My first physician didn't give me not a fraction of the information that I received before and after my procedure with Dr.White. Oh and my breast are beautiful. He is highly recommended wish I had something else to be done bed side manner is great too!"- V.I. / Google / Feb 10, 2020
"I had an implant removal and replacement surgery done with Dr. White in April 2021. When I searched for a surgeon to do this, my biggest concerns were obviously what were the reviews like for that surgeon, how thorough that surgeon was, and how comfortable I felt with him and his staff. My only fear was what size I needed to go with this time being that my previous surgeon didn’t listen to my opinion and request from the very beginning last time. I hated my previous implants and I didn’t want to repeat that experience. From my consultation appointment I felt that Dr. White and his staff tentatively listened to me and never made me feel silly for wanting this procedure done. He listened to me and my wishes completely. His team fully prepared me for the surgery, down to the very smallest detail. I felt extremely comfortable from the moment I walked into the pre surgery area. All of the nurses were amazing. After my surgery I spent one night in the hospital where I was taken care of very well. The next morning Dr. white revealed my new breasts to me and I was overwhelmingly happy with the outcome! They were the perfect size and shape that I had previously wanted my previous implants to be. Dr. White does not go into breast surgery with a specific number of ccs like my previous surgeon did. Which at first is kind of scary, but I trusted him to make them look the way I wanted and he exceeded my expectations. Looking back I would have probably picked a smaller cc size and been disappointed again. Luckily I trusted his expertise and love my new breasts!! I highly recommend Dr. White and his wonderful staff! He listens and most of all he is passionate about what he does. Most thorough doctor I’ve had the opportunity to meet!"- K.P. / Google / Jun 07, 2021
"Dr, Steven White did an amazing job with my Breast implant revision. "- G.O. / Healthgrades / Nov 22, 2021
"I had a breast revisit and could not be happier. Dr. Steven White is very professional and thorough. He is over 3 hours away from me but it was worth the drive. My breast look beautiful and are exactly what I was wanting. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Steven White for anyone looking into any plastic cosmetic surgery."- G.O. / Google / Nov 28, 2021
What to Expect
Recovery from breast revision surgery varies greatly. Patients who are having surgery for a simple change in size (for example, removing a smaller implant for a larger one), will have a quick and relatively simple recovery. Patients who require more extensive treatment, such as the correction of scar tissue, will experience a longer recovery period. This will be discussed in detail during the initial consultation.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are unsatisfied with the results you received from your breast augmentation procedure performed by another plastic surgeon, or simply, you wish to make a change in size, please contact our practice today for a complete consultation. Our team will provide a thorough assessment and provide you with all of the options to create a healthy, aesthetically appealing breast appearance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-9 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location