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Breast Revision

Breast Revision Surgery – Implant Removal/Exchange – Houston, TX

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Although breast augmentation is one of the most well-known and popular cosmetic surgeries performed, there are circumstances that lead a patient to want a revision.. After surgery, some women will experience issues with their implants that can only be fixed through breast revision surgery. This procedure involves removing and/or replacing defective or unwanted implants. Since implants can shift, lose volume, rupture or appear to have a “bubbled” or “rippled” appearance, Houston cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Sumpter, will perform breast revision to resolve these and other issues. If a woman simply doesn’t want her implants anymore, Dr. Sumpter can easily remove them.

Reasons for Revision

Dr. Sumpter 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.

Breast Size

Some women decide 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. Some of these individuals live with their implants for some time before deciding they would like a second surgery to address the size change. This surgery is usually straightforward and easy to accomplish. However, to ensure that patients’ goals are met and they are happy with the results, during the initial consultation, Dr. Sumpter works closely with each patient to determine the size and appearance each individual patient desires for herself.

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 are 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(s).

Implant Rupture

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. A mammogram or 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

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.

Breast Rippling

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. 

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.

Expected Cost

The cost of a breast revision surgery also varies greatly depending on what is being done. A change in implant size or shape can cost as low as $4,000, where as a more extensive revision surgery could rise to about $10,000. Depending on the surgical case, insurance and/or warranty protection may be applied.

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If you would like to make a change to a previous breast augmentation procedure had, including if you wish to change your implant 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.

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