When Should You Consider a Breast Implant Revision?

When Should You Consider a Breast Implant Revision?

Although breast augmentation offers long-lasting results, your breast implants may not last forever. Breast implant revision can correct the changes that occur over time and help you regain naturally beautiful results.

What is a Breast Implant Revision?

A breast implant revision is a surgical procedure done to remove or replace breast implants after a breast augmentation. Some patients may change their minds about the size or material of their implants. Others may need the implant revised because of a rupture or other complications. Even if the breast implant was placed properly during your initial surgery, it can shift over time or scar tissue can develop. When this happens, your confidence may also shift because of the unaesthetic appearance and/or discomfort your altered implants cause.

Why Have a Breast Implant Revision?

A breast implant revision can be done for aesthetic or medical purposes. Over time, your augmented breasts can start to sag, ripple, or drop too low on the chest. In each of these cases, a breast implant revision can restore the size and shape of your breasts. Your revision can be customized to increase or decrease your implant size based on your body goals and current lifestyle.

Medical complications can also occur after breast augmentation and require breast implant revision. These are some of the common reasons a patient may need to receive a breast implant revision due to medical complications.

Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture develops when scar tissue forms around the implant and tightens over time. Capsular contracture usually takes about five years to develop after breast augmentation surgery. This condition can cause the breasts to look and feel hard and misshapen. Patients may also experience mild discomfort or pain depending on the severity of their condition.

Ruptured Implants

Ruptures are not common, but they can occur if your chest receives trauma. Saline implants do not pose much of a risk since your body can safely absorb the saline. Silicone ruptures are more dangerous because they slowly leak, rather than rupture at once, and are difficult to detect. Unlike saline, silicone cannot be absorbed into the body, so it is important to receive a revision as soon as possible if you have leaking silicone implants.


Synmastia occurs when the breast pockets merge in the middle of the chest, causing your breasts to touch. This condition leaves you with no cleavage, which may cause you to feel self-conscious of your chest, and it can cause discomfort. Synmastia can be corrected with a breast implant revision to separate the breast pockets using your breast tissue or an implanted scaffolding material.

Schedule a Consultation

If you live in NYC and have been looking for a breast implant revision specialist near you, look no further than Dr. Kayastha in Albany, NY. Schedule a consultation at K Plastic Surgery using our online contact form or give the office a call.

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Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.