Revision of a previous breast augmentation is a specialty of board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Leonard Gray. Based on statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 300,000 breast augmentations are performed a year. With such a large number of procedures, there are a number of patients who have concerns with their results and seek a correction, improvement, or even removal. Dr. Gray and the team at Bay Area Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA, see a large number of these patients and support them in finding solutions for their problems. Dr. Gray welcomes discussion of difficult cases with his peers, and offers his recommendations and advice when other surgeons consult him.
Breast Augmentation Revision is generally requested for these reasons:
- To change from saline to silicone
- To change from sub-glandular to sub-muscular
- To improve rippling and palpability
- To change size
- To correct asymmetry in shape, volume, or both
- To treat capsular contracture
Breast Augmentation Revision Reviews
"Revision After Saline Implant Deflation - San Francisco, CA - Very comfortable being in the hands of Dr. Gray, he takes the time to make sure you know every option you have and what you are looking for. I knew he had experience in revision and he was also able to fix my last incision scars that were not ideal as well as even out my breast so they were identical. He does have a wait time but he is sure worth the wait, front office girls are a pleasure to talk to and make sure your comfy ! Thank you!"- S. / RealSelf / Mar 05, 2016
"My experience has always been amazing when visiting Dr. Grey. I went for the first time as a referral from a friend I had my first breast augmentation back in 2008. I never got explained what size I was getting so long story short I wasn't happy. I went to Dr.Grey back in 2010 and I was blown away by the detail and time he takes to explain to you what to expect. I knew he would be the one to redo my Brest augmentation. I came back a month ago and I got help by his amazing staff Ashley. Any question I would have she would answer right away over phone and via email. I couldn't be more thankful if it weren't for her I wouldn't of been able to do my Mommy makeover. Now as of Dr. Grey he is just amazing with his work. I couldn't of asked for a better Doctor. He knows what he's doing and it feels great to have so much confidence on someone specially going under the knife for 10 hours. I couldn't be happier"- L.S. / Yelp / May 18, 2016
"Implant Revision, 3 Kids, Sinatra Full 605cc - San Francisco, CA - I went to quiet a few consultations before I decided on going with Dr. Gray. He is very easy to talk to and he listened to what I wanted. I wanted to avoid doing a breast lift which it was what most of the doctors recommended but Dr. Gray was able to tell me what was wrong with my implant and what his plan was to fix it. He definitely knows what he's talking about and his work is amazing. - - I was nervous on the day of the surgery but the doctor and his stuff made me feel super comfortable and at ease that I will be in good hands. When it was all done and finished, I came home still groggy and totally out of it. Later on that evening, I was able to get up and looked at myself in the mirror and to my surprise, it looked amazing. I was expecting bandages and blood and high implants but it wasn't. Dr. Gray did such an amazing job that it looked amazing and natural. He was able to fix and open up the pockets and have it sit in the right places. The implant I had before was asymmetrical and was sitting really high but this was not. Overall, I am very happy with the outcome."- D. / RealSelf / Sep 14, 2016
"Implant Revision with Stratisse, Sinatra Full 605cc - San Francisco, CA - I went to quiet a few consultations before I decided on going with Dr. Gray. He is very easy to talk to and he listened to what I wanted. I wanted to avoid doing a breast lift which it was what most of the doctors recommended but Dr. Gray was able to tell me what was wrong with my implant and what his plan was to fix it. He definitely knows what he's talking about and his work is amazing."- M. / RealSelf / Sep 14, 2016
"INCREDIBLE DOCTOR AND STAFF! Highly recommended! - Incredible. AMAZING. I cannot say enough good things about this doctor. I wrote a review about my procedure (and am in the process of finishing it, since I am only 6 days post-op), so I won't be repetitive here. But I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Gray and his staff! I had a breast implant removal. His bedside manner was incredible, I felt like i knew these people forever. The RN's are wonderful and so sweet, and the anesthesiologist is out of this world. I would honestly do my procedure ALL OVER AGAIN! :)"- S. / RealSelf / Feb 26, 2017
Reasons for Revision Surgery
1.) To change from saline to silicone
Changing from saline to silicone has been common in Dr. Gray’s practice since silicone breast implants became more available in 2007. This is because silicone implants create a result that looks and feels more natural than the saline result. Switching to silicone will decrease the rippling and palpability associated with saline implants. The breasts are considerably softer with silicone implants as well. In general, the silicone gel result is less artificial in appearance than the saline implant. In addition, this preferred look tends to be retained better and persist longer over time than the saline result.
2.) To change from subglandular to submuscular
When patients have a subglandular breast implant placement (over the muscle), there is frequently a round shape with more rippling on the upper part of the breast. Capsular contracture (breast hardening) rates are also higher with over the muscle implant compared to under the muscle. This hardening with capsular contracture is 30% less when placement is under the muscle. Patients will often ask to change to the submuscular position in order to achieve a more natural tear drop shape with less rippling and palpability, and less chance of hardening.
3.) To improve rippling and palpability
Rippling and palpability are the result of feeling and seeing the breast implant under the breast tissues. This effect is much higher with saline implants, and when implants are placed on top of the muscle. Generally, there are two ways to improve rippling and palpability. The first is to change the position, placing the breast implants under the muscle. This especially helps in the area of the upper and inner parts of the breast. Changing to silicone gel also improves the rippling and palpability as silicone is more viscous than salt water filled implants and does not have nearly as much rippling or palpability. Textured implants, in general, have more rippling and palpability than smooth implants, so they are best avoided if rippling is a concern.
4.) To change size:
Patients sometimes want to change their breast implant size. Some patients want to be larger, while others want to be smaller and more conservative. Dr. Gray works with these patients whether they are already in his practice or if they had their original surgery performed elsewhere. A thorough discussion reviewing all the available implants is performed to make sure that the patient can get the look that she wants. Changes in size, profile, and width are explored until the patient’s best option is found.
5.) To correct asymmetry in shape, volume, or both
Some women have breasts of different sizes, shapes, or both. Not only do these patients want breast augmentation, they want their breast asymmetry improved at the time of their procedure. Women can have breast asymmetry that is congenital or it can be noticed after previous breast augmentation surgery.
6.) To treat capsular contracture
Scar tissue always forms when a breast implant is placed in the body. Capsular contracture is a hardness of the breast that develops when this scar tissue collapses and squeezes the breast implant. Mild contractures can be improved with increased massage and the use of medication. Preoperative planning to place the implant under the muscle also helps. Placing the implant under the muscle lowers the risk of capsular contracture by 30%. However, when the conservative measures fail, the recommendation most often is to return to surgery to remove the capsule and replace the implant.
Revision surgery is tailored according to the cosmetic issue the patient is addressing. With this treatment, a major correction is done to the augmented breast in conjunction to scar tissue removal, if applicable, or a breast lift if there is sagging. There are instances when a strattice (a tissue matrix device) will be needed to act as an internal underwire if additional support is required. Ultimately, the correction aims to fix the issue that’s the source of the patient’s dissatisfaction.
Breast revision surgery is performed with general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The patient may be sent home after treatment depending on the severity of the case. It is recommended to have someone who can drive the patient home and who can provide support within 48 hours. Patients can resume to their normal routine on the second week. It will take a few more months for the effects of the revision to become noticeable and the breast to develop a natural feel and look.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,000 - $16,000
- Recovery Time
- 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4-8 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location