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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Revision?

Posted April 03, 2013 By: The Office of Birmingham Specialists

Breast Revision

Breast revision is a secondary procedure that can be performed if a woman is unsatisfied with the results of her first breast enhancement surgery. Breast implants can last well over a decade but may eventually need to be replaced due to gravity and normal aging. Other reasons that breast revision surgery may be performed include:

Capsular Contracture – This is the development of scar tissue that causes the breasts to appear asymmetrical or distorted. To correct this condition, the implant and scar tissue are removed, and a new implant is inserted into the breast pocket.

Post-Pregnancy – After pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women’s breasts begin to droop
and develop sagging skin. A breast revision can elevate the breasts to a more youthful position, restore lost volume, and eliminate excess skin.

To Change the Breast Size – Following breast enhancement surgery, some women are not satisfied with the resulting size of their breasts, or they may eventually decide that they want to change the size for one reason or another. Volume can be increased or decreased with surgery to remove the current implants and replace them with larger or smaller implants.

To Change the Type of Implant – Sometimes women decide to change the type of implant they chose for their original breast enhancement (saline ←→ silicone) because of certain desired benefits that a different implant type may provide. The old implants are removed and the new implants are inserted into the breast pocket.


The best candidates for breast revision surgery are in good overall health and do not smoke. Potential patients who do smoke should discontinue cigarette use for at least two to four weeks prior to surgery. As with any procedure, patients should have realistic expectations for their surgical outcome.

At our Alabama office, plastic surgery specialists Dr. Robert I. Oliver and Dr. Jason M. Jack are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and routinely perform breast revision surgery. They are dedicated to making sure that each and every patient is completely satisfied with their results the second time around.

To schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists, please call (205) 298-8660 today.