in Chicago and Arlington Heights, IL
Revision breast augmentation can be helpful when the results of previous breast implant procedures are no longer desirable.
When someone wishes to remove or exchange the implants, breast implant revision is the recommended procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John A. Kotis offers this corrective procedure to residents of Chicago, Arlington Heights and the surrounding communities of Illinois.
Many people have had breast augmentation and were very disappointed in the outcome. Various issues make it necessary (or desired) to undergo breast revision surgery. Some of the most common problems that lead to the need for revision surgery include:
The implants are too high on the chest wall and look unnatural, or masculine. This can occur when the muscle structure is not correctly addressed in surgery when creating the implant pocket, creating a pocket that is not large enough and the implants cannot fall into the correct position. In other cases, the plastic surgeon simply placed the implants too high to look natural.
The scar tissue the body creates naturally after breast augmentation may be so extensive that it shrinks around the implant, causing distortion in shape, becoming hard, sitting very high on the chest, or appearing round and ball-like. Unfortunately, people who have this condition may also experience pain and discomfort. About five percent of women who have had breast augmentation may develop this complication, which requires revision surgery to correct.
When a breast implant sinks in location, appearing lower on your chest, it is called “bottoming out.” This can be a problem for larger implants, or implants surgically placed above the chest muscle. The only option to solve this aesthetic problem is breast revision surgery to push the implant to where it should be. You may need the implants replaced, or are ready for a different type, shape, projection, or size, which can be accomplished in the same surgery. This may require capsule reconstruction and create a new shelf for the implant.
While breast implants usually last for a decade or longer, they can degrade over time, leading to rupture. This rarely occurs with new implants but is not impossible. The implant can be replaced, or both can be removed along with a breast lift if that is what you prefer.
You may be unhappy with the visible scars that remain after breast augmentation. Some people are more prone to developing an excess of scar tissue, with an unsightly, raised appearance. We offer scar revision surgery to remove the unsightly scar tissue for a smoother, more appealing look.
Some people who have had breast implants placed and who do not have sufficient breast tissue to cover the implant or have implants that their body cannot accommodate may see unsightly visible rippling or wrinkling on the skin surface. This requires surgical correction to correctly place the implants, change the implant type, or perform other revisions.
The term “revision breast augmentation” refers to having existing breast implants corrected, typically through removal or exchange. A woman’s previous breast implants may become bothersome after some time for a number of reasons, or an individual may simply want a new cup size through updated implants. The technology and techniques utilized during breast implant procedures have evolved drastically.
Some women may simply want to exchange their current breast implants for a newer, more natural version. This may include exchanging a saline-filled implant for a silicone implant or changing the traditional shape to a more teardrop-shaped option.
Current implant is leaking or ruptured
Current implant is now misshapen
Current implant has moved
“Uniboob” or symmastia
Sagging or ptosis in the breast
Hardening or capsular contracture
Infection in the breast or chest
Rippling or wrinkling from the implant
Aging/gravity has changed the appearance of the breasts
To be a candidate for breast revision surgery requires an evaluation of your medical history, the condition you want to resolve, and the types of medications you take. The ideal candidate for breast revision surgery is in the following condition:
Is in good general health
Does not smoke
Is currently at a healthy weight
Does not have a medical condition that could affect safety in surgery
There are two main types of breast implant revision: exchange and removal. During breast implant exchange, the current implants are removed, any other issue is corrected, and new implants are inserted into the breasts. Typically, any sagging, nipple displacement or other cosmetic issues are corrected by this procedure and do not affect the new implants.
Contrary to breast implant exchange, breast implant removal simply involves removing the breast implants from the body and leaving only the natural tissue remaining. During both types of breast augmentation revision procedures, Dr. Kotis is usually able to use the existing places of incision (from previous implants), so no new scarring results. Dr. Kotis may recommend a breast lift to supplement the results of breast implant exchange or removal.
Breast augmentation can vary greatly among patients. The cost of breast implant exchange or replacement is not the same procedure as a simple breast implant removal. To best determine the cost of your breast implant revision procedure, Dr. Kotis will meet with you for a thorough consultation. We accept credit card, cash and check for payment for all surgical procedures. We also proudly offer CareCredit® and Prosper® as financing options.
We honor a written quote from any board certified plastic surgeon. Listed pricing is all inclusive – no hidden fees (includes pre-op, post-op visits and fees for the surgeons, facility, and anesthesia).