Do I Need Breast Implant Revision?

Oct 9, 2013 @ 01:34 PM — by blakebird
Tagged with: Breast Augmentation | Plastic Surgery

Manhattan Breast Implant RevisionBreast implants are not intended to last a lifetime. In fact, many breast implants have a life expectancy of 10 years. Once you've had breast augmentation, you will likely need to have breast implant revision, or secondary breast augmentation, at some point. Manhattan plastic surgeon Craig Foster offers this overview to help you understand when breast implant revision may be needed.

Implant Rupture

Saline and silicone breast implants can rupture or leak, which can only be repaired with secondary breast augmentation. If a saline implant ruptures, it is often immediately noticeable. In most cases, saline implants don't rupture at the same time which can lead to asymmetrical breasts. When silicone implants leak or rupture, it is not always as noticeable as with saline implants. Because silicone implant leaks may go unnoticed for quite sometime, it is important for women with silicone implants to have regular MRIs to ensure there is no leakage. The signs and symptoms of breast implant leakage include:

  • Pain and tingling of the breast
  • Burning sensation within the breast tissue
  • Swelling in the breast
  • Numbness of the breast
  • Redness
  • Breast tissue hardening
  • Hard knots developing around the implant, possibly extending to the underarm

Unsatisfied with Breast Size after Augmentation

After an initial breast augmentation, some women may find they aren't completely satisfied with their new breast size and may want larger, or smaller, breast implants. Choosing an experienced surgeon like Dr. Foster can help reduce the likelihood of regretting your choice of implant size.

Capsular Contracture

Breast implant revision may be needed in the event the tissue around the breast implant hardens, a condition called capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is an immune system response to having a foreign object, the breast implant, within the body. Capsular contracture is often painful and can lead to misshapen, asymmetrical breasts. 


Symmastia is a rare condition that can only be corrected with secondary breast augmentation. Symmastia may happen when too much breast tissue is removed from the cleavage, causing the two breasts to appear as though they merged into one. Choosing an experienced surgeon is key to reducing the risk of developing symmastia.

Poor Placement

Implant revision may be necessary if you are unhappy with the placement of your breast implants. Some women may be unsatisfied shortly after treatment while others may become unsatisfied over time. Breast implants will move as the breasts age, so a secondary breast augmentation may be needed to correct any shifting.

Changes in Breast Tissue

Despite having breast implants, the breast tissue will change as the body ages. Changes in breast tissue, including loss of elasticity and sagging can change the shape of the breasts and cause the implants to shift. Breast implant revision can be done to tighten the breasts and create a fuller, more youthful look.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Foster

Even if you are happy with the results of your breast augmentation, you may require revision in the future. Contrary to popular belief, secondary breast augmentation is not just for women who are unhappy with the initial results of their surgery. Breast implant revision may be needed to replace damaged implants or to correct the appearance of aging breasts. To learn more about breast augmentation revision or to discuss your treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Foster.