Breast Implant Revision


Breast Implant Revision

The majority of women who have breast augmentation surgery are highly satisfied with the outcome. Although breast implants currently available in the market can last as long as 20 years, they are not lifelong devices. Sometimes, a revision procedure may be needed to address complications such as capsular contracture (excessive scarring), implant bubbling, rippling, or rupture. Some women may also choose to have a revision in order to change the shape or size of their breast implants.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped scores of women from Baton Rouge and surrounding LA areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans correct previous breast augmentation surgeries. Dr. Ruston Sanchez knows that the needs of each patient are different and utilizes his extensive skills and experience to help women meet their specific desires.

Why Have a Breast Revision

Many of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients need an implant removal procedure due to the following reasons:

Dissatisfaction with Breast Size

Following a breast augmentation surgery, some women learn that they did attain the desired breast size. They feel that they got a size that is either too small or too big. Many individuals in this group choose to live with their new implants for a while before deciding to have revision surgery to address the size issue.Dr. Ruston Sanchez works very carefully with each patient to make sure that with the revision procedure, the patient can finally achieve the breast size they desired in the first place.

Remove Ruptured Implants

While modern breast implants are designed to last for an average of 10-15 years, there is a very small risk that they may rupture. Saline implants (which are usually filled with a saltwater solution) tend to deflate after rupture. However, in the case of silicone implants, there is a risk of silent rupture. This happens when the implant ruptures with no deflation or other noticeable signs. Dr. Ruston recommends that women who receive a silicone implant as part of their initial augmentation mammoplasty surgery undergo routine MRI scans to check for silent rupture. In the rare situation that a rupture is detected, the surgeon will perform revision surgery to replace the damaged implants with new ones.

Get Rid Of Implants That Are No Longer Needed

The majority of patients receive breast implants in order to address their aesthetic needs. Later on, some women may decide that they no longer need their implants and desire to have them removed. Dr. Ruston Sanchez works with these patients to get rid of the implant and restore the breast to their normal size and position. The surgeon takes extra care to achieve the desired natural look while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Correct Malpositioned Implants

Breast implants that were placed too close or too far during the initial augmentation surgery may not ‘settle’ into the correct position, leading to a malpositioned appearance. In some other cases, the implants may move out of place and cause a visible crease as well as a double breast appearance. This may occur due to improper initial placement, or scar tissue forming around the implant. During revision surgery,Dr. Ruston Sanchez may use a strattice or manipulate the tissues that support the implants to address malpositioning issues.

Other types of malposition that are addressed through a revision surgery include: bottoming out and symmastia. Bottoming out happens when breast implants drop below the breast crease, while symmastia refers to a condition where one or both implants are positioned too close to the chest midline so that your breasts appear connected at the cleavage.

Address Capsular Contracture

It is usual for a certain amount of scar tissue to form around the inserted breast implant. Normally, this does not cause any harm. But when in excess, scar tissue can tighten around the implant and cause displacement and hardening of the breast. Most patients with this condition – which is referred to as a capsular contracture – experience discomfort and displeasing breast aesthetics. Statistics show that saline implants are more prone to this complication compared to silicone gel implants.Dr. Ruston Sanchez uses a revision procedure known as capsular capsulectomy to surgically remove the excess scar tissue.

Correct Breast Rippling

Some patients – particularly those with very thin or have low tissue volume – may experience breast rippling. This is usually noticed on the side or underneath the breast. While this complication is quite uncommon, it may lead to discomfort and cause an unsightly breast appearance. Rippling is more common with saline implants compared to silicone gel implants.

Regardless of the reason for needing surgery,Dr. Ruston Sanchez accommodates varying circumstances and tailors each procedure to address the patient’s aesthetic goals. The goal is to address the source of dissatisfaction while also achieving an outcome that the patient will be happy with for years to come.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Revision with Your Surgeon

Typically, good candidates for a breast revision surgery in Baton Rouge are women who are in overall good health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure. Many of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients for this procedure also satisfy one or more of the following characterization:

  • Are unhappy with the work of another surgeon on their breasts
  • Are dissatisfied with the shape or size of a previous augmentation surgery
  • Have experienced discomfort following a prior breast augmentation
  • Have experienced a complication associated with breast implants

During your initial consultation with Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will listen to your concerns and let you know whether this procedure is for you. This initial consultation visit is also an excellent opportunity to personally meet Dr. Sanchez and ask any questions you may have regarding the procedure, recovery, and expected outcome.

Baton Rouge Breast Revision Procedure Steps

Dr. Ruston Sanchez uses both conventional and advanced surgical techniques to solve a number of problems. The specific surgical method used will be influenced by the reason for a revision. It may involve removal of scar tissue, implant replacement, tissue matrix insertion for additional support, or a breast lift to enhance sagging breasts. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will commonly use the incision from your original augmentation surgery to minimize the risk of further scarring after the revision. In cases where a new incision is inevitable, the surgeon will make an effort to make it as inconspicuous as possible. Once the breast area has been opened, the surgeon will conduct the appropriate procedure to meet the requirements of the patients while restoring a natural breast look.

Depending on the specific circumstances around the revision, the surgeon may place the implant below the chest muscle for a more natural-looking outcome. In some cases, fat transfer is combined with implant replacement to deliver the patient’s desired results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ruston will conduct a thorough examination of your condition and create a proper treatment plan to suit your individual needs.

After Implant Revision Surgery

Recovery time after Baton Rouge implant revision surgery will vary greatly from one patient to another, depending on the extent of the treatment as well as the individual’s healing capacity. Patients can expect to experience swelling and redness after the procedure. Usually, the surgeon will prescribe pain medication to alleviate this discomfort. You will be asked to start moving around as soon as you can in order to promote proper blood flow. Before discharge, Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s team will provide detailed post-op instructions to ensure a speedy recovery. Typically, the recovery time following a breast revision is usually shorter than the initial breast augmentation.

Implant Revision

Plan Your Procedure

Implant revision is an outpatient procedure that may be performed in Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s in-office operating room or any accredited healthcare facility. Dr. Ruston Sanchez works with highly qualified support staff who love what they do and are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of each patient. The procedure takes between 3-4 hours to complete and patients can expect to recover within 2 weeks.

The breast revision in Baton Rouge is influenced by a number of factors, including the type of procedure needed, the surgeon’s skills, and associated facility/surgical fees. Many of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients pay between $6,000 and $16,000 for this surgery. 

Meet Your Surgeon

Working with a highly qualified plastic surgeon can dramatically increase your chances of attaining your desired outcome from the procedure. Many of his past breast augmentation patients are thrilled with the gorgeous, natural outcome. Dr. Ruston Sanchez takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your implant revision procedure.

Average Cost

$6,000 – $16,000

Average Recovery Time

2 weeks

Average Procedure Time

Same Day3 – 4 Hours


Implant Revision FAQs

Should I have implants removed or replaced?

Whether to have your breast implants removed or replaced will vary depending on your specific condition. In many cases, Dr. Ruston Sanchez recommends having implants replaced rather than removed. For some women though, such as those who experience worrying symptoms from breast implants, removal is the only option. Because implant removal is a highly complicated procedure, you need to work with a highly qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ruston Sanchez to achieve the desired outcome with minimal risk of complications.

What is recovery like after breast revision?

Patients can expect to experience some level of pain, swelling, and soreness following implant revision procedure. This usually dissipates after a few days. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to alleviate discomfort throughout the recovery phase. While recovery can vary greatly from one individual to another, the majority of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients can return to light work within 2 weeks.

What kind of results should I expect after implant revision surgery?

Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a highly experienced surgeon who is committed to delivering natural-looking results with each breast revision procedure. Following your initial discussions and consultations with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will create a plan to achieve the needed improvements while minimizing the risk of scarring and other complications. Keep in mind that implant revision is a permanent procedure. However, the outcome of the surgery is likely to be affected by gravity and aging over time.

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