The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
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Breast Augmentation Revision

On rare occasions, changes occur after breast augmentation that can cause you to feel less than completely satisfied with your results. There can be problems with regard to size, shape and position of the breasts as well as skin laxity. Also, as we get older, genetics, gravity and other factors affect the breasts and their position on the chest, often resulting in a saggy appearance. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rocco Piazza has specialized training in revisionary procedures to correct problems with the breast fold, malposition of the breast implants, and shape distortion. Dr. Piazza performs breast augmentation revision surgery for women from San Antonio and the Austin area who want to  correct these problems and attain a more aesthetically pleasing shape.

At The Piazza Center, we believe that beautiful surgical results are enhanced by following a healthy lifestyle. Our aim is to help you achieve your cosmetic goals and desires. If you would like to find out more about breast augmentation revision surgery in Austin, TX, you can request an in-person or virtual consultation online or call our office at (512) 288-8200.

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

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Case #80

Previously having a breast augmentation with Dr. Piazza, this 30 year old patient began to notice some stretching in her skin to the bottom of her breasts. During a consultation with Dr. Piazza at his Austin, Texas practice, a surgical plan was created with the patient's desire to reinforce and support the lower pole of her breasts while decreasing... Read More
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Case #213

This 38-year-old patient came to see Dr. Piazza for revision of a previous breast augmentation. She had implants placed in 1993, at which time she was told she had a tuberous breast deformity. When she came to our Austin practice, she told us she was happy with her size but desired more cleavage and a perkier look.During her consultation,... Read More
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Case #246

This 68-year-old mother of three came to our office in Austin, Texas to discuss her options for a bilateral breast revision. Previously this patient had silicone breast implants placed almost 40 years ago. Over time she became less happy with the appearance of her breasts and felt they were “hard and lumpy”.She met with Dr. Piazza to discuss... Read More
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Case #131

This 37-year-old fit mother had undergone a saline breast augmentation in the past.  After having 4 children, she felt that her breasts had changed significantly.  She came to see Dr. Piazza to discuss options to make her breasts look fuller and more youthful.  Many women seek Dr. Piazza for breast revision surgery in Austin.  He explained to her... Read More
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Case #22

Frequently, patients come to see Dr. Piazza for revision of a previous breast augmentation. This 55-year-old female came to Dr. Piazza with concerns about the appearance of her breasts.  She had a previous breast augmentation with saline implants by another surgeon 8 years prior.  She was most unhappy with her breast asymmetry, large areolas, and... Read More
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Case #249

This 42-year-old mother of two came to see Dr. Piazza for revision of a previous breast augmentation. She had her original implants placed in 1995 and increased her breast size from an A to a B cup. She felt after having her children her breasts became more “droopy” and was noticing an obvious difference between her left and right breast. When visiting... Read More
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Case #37

This is a pleasant 55-year-old-female who came to see Dr. Piazza to discuss breast revision surgery in Austin.  She had undergone several breast augmenation procedures in Austin and was unhappy with the appearance of her breasts. She sought a consultation with Dr. Piazza for his use of short scar breast lift techniques and his focus on revision breast... Read More
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Case #293

This is a 36-year-old mother of two young children who consulted with Dr. Piazza about a breast revision procedure. Her main concern was correcting capsular contracture of her right breast that she developed after a breast augmentation. Capsular Contracture is when the scar tissue over develops around the breast implant and is a rare complication... Read More
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Case #19

This 64-year-old female came to Dr. Piazza at his Austin plastic surgery office location with a ruptured right breast implant found on routine mammogram. She wanted to discuss revision breast augmentation surgery and possibly removing her current breast implants and replacing them with new implants. She had a breast augmentation over 25 years... Read More
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Case #250

This 40-year-old active mother came to our office in Austin, Texas to discuss her options for a bilateral breast revision. Previously this patient had two breast augmentations, first procedure was in 2001 and another in 2011. Over time she became less happy with the appearance of her breasts and felt they were too far apart and her nipples sat... Read More
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Case #133

This incredibly fit and healthy 40-year-old mom had saline breast augmentation nearly 11 years ago.  Since that time, she has had two full-term pregnancies and has noticed a change in the appearance of her breasts.   Her biggest concern was that the breast implants stayed high in the breast and her breast tissue was drooping off the... Read More
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Case #3

This 44-year-old female came to Dr. Piazza at his office location in southwest Austin, Texas to discuss revision breast augmentation surgery. She had and breast augmentation over 10 years ago with saline breast implants through an inframammary incision. She noticed that her right breast was getting smaller due to a ruptured saline breast implant.... Read More
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Case #254

Frequently, patients come to see Dr. Piazza for revision of a previous breast augmentation. This 61-year-old female came to Dr. Piazza with concerns about the appearance of her breasts. She had a previous augmentation with silicone implants about 35 years prior. She was most unhappy with the asymmetry and felt her breasts were “too saggy and too... Read More
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Case #277

This 60-year-old career woman came to our office in Austin, Texas to discuss her options for a bilateral breast revision. Previously this patient had several breast procedures starting in the 1980’s, the most recent was in 2015. She was not happy with the appearance of her breasts after her last augmentation and felt they were uneven and not... Read More
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Case #210

This 26-year-old woman came to see Dr. Rocco Piazza to discuss options for bilateral breast revision. She had undergone a saline breast augmentation in the past. Since her original procedure, she and her husband have welcomed 2 children. Like many women who breastfeed, she noticed changes to her breasts and felt there was too much laxity.Dr.... Read More
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Case #34

This 62-year-old female came to see Dr. Piazza at his Austin plastic surgery practice for a ruptured right silicone gel breast implant.  She had breast implants placed over 30 years ago. Her routine yearly mammogram suggested a rupture of the right silicone gel breast implant.  She also wanted larger and fuller breasts.  She was very... Read More
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Case #247

This 51-year-old mother and grandmother came to our office seeking breast revision surgery in Austin. She was not unhappy with the volume of her breasts just the appearance, desired them to be “higher and fuller” again. Her original augmentation was performed about 13 years ago, saline implants with a periareolar lift.Many women seek Dr. Piazza... Read More
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Case #248

Frequently, patients come to see Dr. Piazza for revision of a previous breast augmentation. This 41-year-old female came to Dr. Piazza with concerns about the appearance of her breasts. She had a previous augmentation with saline implants about 20 years prior. She was most unhappy with the asymmetry and felt her breasts were too wide and... Read More
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Case #77

This 57-year-young lady came to see Dr. Piazza at his Austin plastic surgery office about revising her breast augmentation and lift procedure that she had undergone one year ago by another surgeon.  She desired more fullness in the upper portion of her breast.  She felt like the majority of her volume was hanging over her upper abdomen. ... Read More

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

Reasons for Revision Breast Augmentation

Most women are very satisfied with their breast augmentation results and complications are rare. Still, age-related changes to the body can affect the appearance of the breasts over time. Additionally, the implants themselves are not designed to last forever, so most women will eventually need revision surgery even if they were initially happy with their results.

Common reasons for revision breast augmentation include:

Elective Implant Exchange

Many women choose to exchange their breast implants for various reasons. Women who have saline-filled implants, for example, often replace them with the newer generation of cohesive silicone gel breast implants or the highly cohesive gummy bear implants as these types of implants have more stability with their shape and fullness over time. In other cases, women decide they want either smaller or larger implants than they initially selected, or they want to change the implant placement from above or below the muscle. Most often, many of my patients notice that their breast volume has decreased after having children and desire to increase the breast implant size in order to restore the fullness to the breasts. Revision surgery is also an option for women who want to remove implants without replacing them.

Sagging or Loose Breast Tissue

This one of the most common things that occurs to patients who had a breast augmentation procedure prior to having children. With pregnancy, the breast tissue around the implant oftentimes increases in size and stretches the skin. Whereas the augmented breast is usually firm and full before pregnancy, the breast tissue is now loose and droopy after having children, yet the implant remains high. A breast revision can tighten the breast, removing loose skin and reducing the size of the nipple and areola. A breast implant exchange can also be performed at the same time to restore the fullness that was lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Visible Deformities

Rippling, symmastia (sometimes called “bread-loafing” or “uniboob”), and “double bubble” are among the visible complications that can occur after getting breast implants. These may be obvious soon after undergoing the procedure, or emerge gradually. In many cases, these deformities occur because an inexperienced surgeon doesn’t plan or execute the operation properly. An experienced and highly trained plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Piazza, can repair or re-create an implant pocket to correctly position the implants.

Capsular Contracture

This is the most common breast augmentation complication encountered by patients. After any breast augmentation procedure, the body naturally forms scar tissue around the implants, creating a capsule. In some cases, however, the capsule tightens and distorts the implant’s position or shape. In severe cases, it can be painful. Dr. Piazza corrects capsular contracture by removing this scar tissue, placing a new breast implant and oftentimes using an acellular dermal matrix like Strattice™ to significantly reduce the chance of recurrence.

Deflated Implant

Women with saline-filled implants notice immediately if one of them ruptures or leaks because it causes the breast to appear deflated. It’s a stressful–but usually harmless–situation that can be corrected with revision surgery. Ruptured implants filled with silicone gel often go undetected until the woman gets a routine imaging test. That’s because the silicone–filled implants maintain their shape even if they’re damaged.

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Your Custom Procedure

Breast augmentation revision surgery is can sometimes be a more involved procedure than the initial augmentation surgery. Dr. Piazza’s extensive training and experience performing enables him to create customized surgical plans based on a physical examination and the concerns you have about your breasts’ appearance.

The Consultation

Dr. Piazza asks about your aesthetic goals and explains in detail the types of results he can achieve through revision surgery. It’s important that you have a realistic expectation about your surgical outcome. Dr. Piazza spends as much time as necessary answering your questions and describes what he believes is the best approach to get the results you want. At the end of the consultation, you can schedule your surgery, which is performed at a fully accredited ambulatory surgery center near our office.

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The Surgery

Your breast augmentation revision procedure will take as little as 30 to 45 minutes or as long as 4 to 5 hours, depending on the extent of the corrections that need to be made. Generally, when performing revision surgery for breast augmentation, Dr. Piazza uses a combination of different techniques, such as performing a pocket change and adding an internal bra to support the implants, to correct the position of the implant and give better shape to the breast.

In some cases, Dr. Piazza combines a breast lift with the revision surgery. He’ll discuss this possibility during the consultation, as well, and talk about the incision options.

The Recovery

After the procedure, you may experience some soreness. This will decrease significantly during the next few days. Patients wear supportive bras after surgery and have follow–up office visits 1 week after their procedures. Dr. Piazza usually places all sutures under the skin, so he doesn’t need to remove them later.

In general, patients should be able to return to normal, everyday activities within 5 to 7 days after their surgery. This can vary depending on the extent of the surgery, so it is important to follow all post–operative instructions closely.

Breast Augmentation Revision at a Glance

Goal: To enhance the appearance of the breast after a prior breast procedure by refining the shape and volume of the breast. This procedure can also be used to treat capsular contracture or firm scar tissue around a breast implant.

Procedure: The incisions are usually planned to include the scars from the previous breast surgery. Oftentimes, Dr. Piazza will access the breast implant through a previous incision location by performing a scar revision of that incision. If a lift is needed to tighten and reposition the breast tissue, Dr. Piazza utilizes short-scar techniques to minimize scars while maximizing the result. Sometimes an “internal bra” is needed to provide support to the breast or reduce the chance of capsular contracture recurrence. Depending on the patient’s desired result, Dr. Piazza may use fat transfer to enhance the cleavage or correct any asymmetries of the breast. Sometimes, he will use drains to remove healing fluid in the early post-surgical timeframe to improve the result.

Anesthesia: General anesthesia

Procedure length: 2 to 4.5 hours

Aftercare: The breast incisions will be covered with small white Steri-Strips™. The patient will be placed in a soft bra if a breast lift or internal bra procedures is performed. Occasionally, the patient will have foam support on the sides of the breast or supportive tape on the skin. The patient should have someone at home for the first 24 hours after surgery. If needed, professional in-home nursing care can be arranged.

Recovery: During the first few days after surgery, the patient will experience some breast discomfort and pressure that usually can be controlled with medications that focus on pain and on muscle/chest tightness. Most patients will return to work 1 week after the procedure and resume full activities without restrictions after 6 weeks. Bruising around the breast in the areas where the lift or fat transfer was performed usually resolves by 2 weeks.

Timeline

  • Surgery
  • Day 5 to 7: Steri-Strip removal
  • Day 6 to 12: Drain removal
  • Day 7 to 10: Return to work and social activities
  • 3 months: 80% healed
  • 6 months: 100% healed

Breast Augmentation Implant Exchange at a Glance

Goal: To enhance the appearance of the breast after a prior breast procedure by refining the shape and volume of the breast.

Procedure: When possible, Dr. Piazza prefers to utilize the scar from the previous breast surgery for this procedure to avoid creating new scar locations on the breast. The implant pocket can be tightened or adjusted during this procedure if needed. Depending on the patient’s desired result, Dr. Piazza may use fat transfer to enhance the cleavage or correct any asymmetries of the breast.

Anesthesia: General anesthesia

Procedure length: 1 to 2 hours

Aftercare: The breast incisions will be covered with small white Steri-Strips™. The patient may be placed in a soft bra, depending on the specifics of the surgery. Occasionally, the patient will have foam support on the sides of the breast or supportive tape on the skin.

Recovery: During the first few days after surgery, the patient will experience some chest pressure or tightness of the breasts. Most patients recover very well with acetaminophen and ibuprofen, which are 2 over-the-counter medications. Most patients will return to work 3 to 4 days after the procedure and resume full activities without restrictions after 6 weeks. Bruising is uncommon with this procedure but can sometimes be visible on the sides of the breast where Dr. Piazza has injected anesthetic medication or in the area where fat transfer was performed.

Timeline

  • Surgery
  • Day 5 to 7: Steri-Strip removal
  • Day 7 to 10: Return to work and social activities
  • 6 weeks: 80% healed
  • 3 months: 100% healed

Dr. Piazza Answers Common Questions

After I have a breast augmentation revision procedure, will I need surgery again?

The goal with this procedure is to correct problems with each breast. Often, I am dealing with a number of complex problems, such as fold asymmetries and breast distortion, which can be very difficult to correct. I always tell my patients that they will ultimately have surgery again after having breast implants placed and that there are reasons for short–term re–operation and other reasons for long–term re–operation. The most important thing I want my patients to remember is that breasts change with age, just like the rest of the body. This is completely normal and expected, and therefore, surgery may be needed in the future. To learn more, read The Truth About Breast Implants: 10 Years Later in my blog.

Will I have to replace my implants at the time of my revision surgery?

It is likely that your breast implants will need to be replaced. This is dependent on a number of things. First, when were the implants placed? Second, are they silicone gel implants or saline implants? Is the implant shell intact? Are you happy with the size of your breasts? During a pre–surgery consultation with you, I will address these questions, as well as your cosmetic goals, to help you determine what is right for you.

How soon after my surgery can I resume exercise?

As with any surgery, it is important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions after the procedure in order to ensure that you recover as safely and quickly as possible. I usually tell my breast augmentation revision patients that they can resume exercise as soon as they feel comfortable. I prefer that they refrain from heavy lifting for the first few weeks, but I encourage them to get to the gym and walk on a treadmill or stair–step machine in the first week after surgery. I want my patients to get back to feeling like their normal selves as soon as possible. Returning to an active, healthy lifestyle can help achieve beautiful surgical results.

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