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Breast Revision

While most breast implants never cause a problem after breast augmentation, some Denver and Colorado Springs women experience changes after surgery that warrant a revision, such as an implant rupture or capsular contracture. Others are simply ready for a cosmetic change. Our surgeons have the knowledge and skill for these more challenging procedures, specializing in revision treatment for patients who are dissatisfied with results from a past breast augmentation.

Breast Implant Revision
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Best Denver Breast Revision Surgery
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Case #11622

34 year-old female who had undergone (420cc) saline implantation via the nipple areas, with implants placed subglandularly (on top of muscle) approximately 12 years earlier (also had delivered 2 children and had undergone a 40lb weight loss). She wished to be upsized with gel implants, and I recommended a pocket-exchange for under the pectora... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
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Case #503

This 23 year-old female had undergone a breast augmentation at another local plastic surgeon’s office several years prior, which progressively led to a very bizarre contour irregularity characterized by implants that were too close together, nipples that were laterally displaced, and a bridging effect between the breasts termed “symmastia." &... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Best Denver Breast Implant Exchange Revision
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Case #784

This is a 38 year-old woman with 12 year-old saline implants showing asymmetry and ptosis (sagging) after having two children.  Treated with implant repositioning (submuscularly) and downsizing (approximately 50cc) to 425cc smooth, moderate-plus profile silicone gel implants, with mastopexy (breast lift).  If you have similar i... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Breast Implant Revision Case 11304 Front View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #11304

This is a 37 year old, 5'11", 160 pound woman who underwent breast augmentation prior to consulting with Dr. Vath. She desired a more attractive shape with less of a shelf to her upper breast poles and smaller areolae. She underwent an implant exchange, removing her 500 cc saline implants and placing 450 cc, smooth, round, moderate profile si... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
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Case #904

34 year-old who had undergone implantation elsewhere only 6 months or so earlier (400 cc-range gel implants) who disliked the shape of her breasts. It was advised she could undergo a secondary lift without disturbing the originally placed, well-positioned implants, which is what she elected to do. Photos here are from approximately 6 weeks po... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Best Denver Breast Implants Exchange Revision
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Case #11372

43 year-old woman who had "slow" leaking of saline implants placed 20 years prior, with further blunt trauma causing firmness, especially on her right side. I suggested an implant exchange for fresh, relatively "gummy" silicone implants placed under the muscle, with a proper lift/mastopexy to address excess skin issues. She indeed had this pe... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Breast Implant Revision Case 11303 Front View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #11303

This is a 54 year old, 5'3", 130 pound woman who previously underwent a breast augmentation without a lifting procedure. She had 530 cc implants placed by another surgeon and after surgery, she felt that her breasts were too large and unattractive. Although she had no scars from a mastopexy (breast lift) procedure, she did not like her breast... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
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Case #11410

This is a 25 year old, 5'9", 130 lb. woman who previously underwent breast augmentation surgery at another facility and didn't like her results. Her breast appeared "plastered on" and unnatural. She underwent an implant exchange by Dr. Steven Vath along with removal of her capsules. She chose 325 cc, smooth, round, moderate profile implants.&... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Do I Need a Breast Revision?

There are many reasons a woman might want to revise the results of breast augmentation surgery. Most fall into 2 main categories: elective implant exchange or complications. Explore each below.

What Is an Elective Implant Exchange?

Sometimes women who have breast implants are not experiencing any problems with them, but they simply want to change their implants for a different type, shape, or projection, or want to increase or decrease volume. Newer breast implant choices have been introduced in the past 5 years, presenting women with more options, and it’s completely understandable to want to take advantage of the benefits they offer.

Another reason a woman may choose to exchange her implants is that they may have looked great in her 30s, but they may not look as good as she continues to age. This is because breast tissue can become less dense or can be redistributed. In this instance, she might be a candidate for a breast implant exchange and a breast lift. Some women even choose to have their breast implants removed completely (called “explantation”). Our breast surgeons have the experience to provide beautiful results in all of these cases for our Colorado Springs, Golden, and Denver patients.

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Which Complications Require Breast Revision Surgery?

In general, you are also a good candidate for a breast augmentation revision if your initial surgery didn’t produce the results you wanted, or if changes such as these have occurred since that initial surgery:

  • Asymmetry
  • Deflation
  • Bottoming out or “double bubble”
  • Implant rippling
  • Implant rupture
  • Capsular contracture

These complications are cosmetic in nature and don’t pose any health risks. In the case of a rupture or capsular contracture, telltale signs include tenderness or pain, a hardening of the breast, and visible deformities in shape or symmetry.

How Soon Can I Get a Breast Augmentation Revision?

If you are displeased with your initial results, it’s important to wait at least 6 months after your breast augmentation surgery before considering a revision. Your body needs that time to fully heal — and it’s possible that your final results may improve.

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Your Consultation

Your first visit to our practice is our chance to discuss what led you to think about a breast augmentation revision, examine your breasts, and talk through your surgical options and achievable outcomes. In some cases, the best approach may be to replace your implants; other procedures will merely involve shifting the position of the existing implants.

Revision surgery can be a life-changing procedure for our patients, especially if a visible deformity has developed. We take great pride in helping every patient improve the look of her breasts and feel better about her appearance.

We also are happy to use innovative VECTRA® 3-D imaging to show you what your potential results may look like. This process helps us make sure our expectations are aligned with yours, giving you extra peace of mind.

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How Is Breast Augmentation Revision Performed?

In a breast augmentation revision, your surgeon may need to remedy scar tissue, work with skin that has stretched or thinned out, or repair the chest wall. Every procedure is unique, but they all demand advanced surgical techniques to deal with the complexities that arise.

While surgical techniques will vary depending on the nature of the corrections you would like to see, your experience will likely be similar to your initial breast augmentation surgery. As much as possible, your surgeon will try to work with the same incision sites as your initial surgery, but it may be necessary to make additional incisions. You will be placed under general anesthesia for the procedure and will be able to return home a few hours afterward.

It’s crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with specialized training in this area and positive patient reviews. Our surgeons bring decades of experience to each procedure and have a strong history of publishing research and presenting on their surgical techniques to members of the medical community.

Meet Our Surgeons

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.

How Should I Prepare for My Breast Revision?

Preparation for your surgery and recovery should be similar to what you did before your initial breast augmentation. Be sure to avoid alcohol in the weeks prior to surgery, as well as any anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin.

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What Is Breast Revision Recovery Like?

After surgery, we generally send patients home with moderate-strength pain medication and a 5-day regimen of oral antibiotics. We encourage patients to rest in the days immediately following surgery, gradually returning to light activity in that first week. Loose-fitting clothing is best during this time — ideally, garments that don’t need to be pulled over the head.

Corrections to scar tissue and the chest wall may increase the recovery time compared to your initial breast augmentation, but you may plan to return to a nonstrenuous job about 7 to 10 days after your procedure. You can resume light exercise after 2 weeks and get back to a normal workout schedule in about 4 to 6 weeks.

Because a breast augmentation revision is particularly complex, we invite anyone who is considering the procedure to request an in-person consultation or call us at  (303) 278-2600 to schedule an appointment at our plastic surgery practice in Denver.

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