Breast revision is a surgical procedure that corrects problems which have developed following previous breast augmentation. One or more revisions will be desirable in nearly every patient over her lifetime.
Problems can include hardening from capsule contraction (concentric scarring), changes in breast shape following pregnancy, deflation, or rupture of a breast implant. Breast revision is also done for elective changes, such as when a woman wants to change the style, composition, or size of her implants. This would include switching from saline to silicone breast implants, or vice versa. The objective of the procedure is to restore the appearance of the breasts.
Elective changes can wait until revision surgery fits a patient’s schedule and financial situation. Ruptured implants should be removed promptly. This minimizes further scarring, and in the case of silicone breast implants, the spread of silicone into the breast tissue.