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805 East 32nd Street #101
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 244-1439
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Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
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Synergy Plastic Surgery: Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS

Breast Augmentation Revision

Women in Austin, Texas seek breast augmentation revision surgery to replace or remove their implants. Most women who get breast implants are happy with their results, but revision surgery may be needed for reasons that range from wanting to change the size of the implants to correcting a complication. Dr. Mahlon Kerr and Dr. Ross Blagg are both highly trained plastic surgeons with the specialized expertise necessary to successfully perform a revision procedure.

To discuss your breast augmentation revision options with Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg at either our Round Rock or Austin office, request a consultation using the online form. Or call us at (512) 244-1439 to schedule an appointment.

Breast Implant Revision

Revision surgery after an earlier breast augmentation becomes desirable for many reasons. Sometimes patients decide that they want to change the size of their implants; others wish to switch from saline to silicone gel, or vice versa. And in rare cases, complications may require that one or both implants be replaced or removed.

Whatever the reason you're considering breast augmentation revision, it's important to choose a plastic surgeon with the experience and training to perform this procedure. Scar tissue, stretched skin — and, in some cases, compromised chest anatomy — all make breast implant surgery more challenging than the initial augmentation procedure.


[Dr. Kerr] took one look and immediately knew how to repair the thin skin and leaking saline implants. Dr. Kerr thoroughly explained what would most likely be beneficial for me, and the best plan of revision. I felt such a sense of relief that I was doing the right thing for my body, and that Dr. Kerr was the right doctor to help me.

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When to Consider Breast Augmentation Revision

Elective Implant Exchange

Some women decide to replace their existing, older implants with newer ones. This is often the case for women who have saline implants and want cohesive silicone gel implants for a more natural feel. Changing the size or shape of the implants is the other primary reason for elective implant exchange.

Visible Complications

These issues may appear gradually or be apparent immediately after the initial breast augmentation. They can include rippling or wrinkling, symmastia (sometimes called "uniboob" or "breadloafing"), or double-bubble, which occurs when an implant settles below the breast's natural crease. Implants that sit too high, too low, or too far to the side may also require re-creating the implant pocket to produce more well-aligned results.

Capsular Contracture

This occurs when the breast tissue that naturally forms around the implant begins to tighten, distorting the implant's shape. Depending on its severity, it can also be painful.

Deflated Implant

Saline implants that leak or tear cause deflation that becomes immediately noticeable. Silicone gel implants can tear, as well, but the cohesive gel means it retains its shape even if a tear develops. An imaging test is generally the only way to confirm a tear in a silicone gel implant. In either case, the patient needs revision surgery to replace the implant.

Your Procedure

Dr. Kerr and Dr. Blagg perform breast augmentation revision procedures at our Stonegate Plastic Surgery Center, a private, fully accredited, modern surgical facility adjacent to our Round Rock offices. The techniques used in your breast implant revision depend on the reasons you're undergoing the procedure. The techniques may include one or all of the following:

  • Combining the revision with a breast lift if weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or aging have made your breasts less perky. This is often the case for women who are replacing implants that are several years old.
  • Changing the location of your implant from in front of the chest muscle (subglandular) to behind the muscle (submuscular) if rippling is present. Moving the implants behind the muscle is necessary when patients have less existing breast tissue to adequately cover the implants. A submuscular placement is also less likely to develop capsular contracture.
  • Using the Strattice™ internal bra to provide support for the implants and help prevent visible rippling by thickening the skin, while retaining a more natural look and feel. Strattice is a material that helps promotes tissue growth and improve the skin's elasticity.

Breast Augmentation Revision Before & After Photos

This 55-year-old woman wanted to replace her aging implants and create a fuller appearance. View more of Dr. Kerr's patients who underwent revision breast augmentation in our photo gallery.

Recovery

The recovery following breast augmentation revision is often quicker than the initial surgery, because the space for the breast implants already exists, so the body is more accustomed to it. It still requires resting and following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon, and recovery time will vary with your reasons for pursuing revision surgery.

Breast Augmentation Revision FAQ

How soon after my primary procedure can I safely undergo a revision surgery?

We generally recommend waiting a minimum of 6 months after a primary breast augmentation procedure before scheduling a revision procedure. The breast pocket created for your implant needs time to fully settle (even in the case of capsular contracture), and the body needs ample time to return to a place that's healthy enough for surgery.

How does the cost of breast revision surgery compare to the cost of my primary procedure?

It's difficult to provide a direct comparison because prices for breast augmentation will vary significantly from surgeon to surgeon. In general, the cost of breast revision is higher than a primary procedure because revision surgery is often highly complex, particularly when performed to correct complications. If the revision is as simple as replacing breast implants with new ones, the cost may well be comparable to your initial breast augmentation surgery.

Does insurance cover a breast revision procedure?

In many cases, insurance will cover breast revision surgery when complications are present that could potentially pose a risk to your health, such as capsular contracture or a ruptured implant. It's always best to check with your insurance provider.

How do I know if my revision procedure should include a breast lift?

A breast lift raises and reshapes breasts that sag. If you have mild sagging, breast implants may be enough to fill out your breasts. If your breasts currently sag, a breast lift is likely necessary to give you the beautiful shape you want.

What happens if I become pregnant after a breast revision?

Because pregnancy and breastfeeding are likely to change the size and shape of your breasts, our surgeons recommend delaying revision surgery until after you are done having babies. If you do not plan to become pregnant in the near future, it's perfectly safe to have breast surgery.

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Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
805 East 32nd Street #101
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get Directions

Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
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Dr. Mahlon Kerr and Dr. Ross Blagg are highly regarded plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at their offices in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. Dr. Kerr is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Patients travel from throughout the Southwest to have Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg perform breast enhancement surgery such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. They also specialize in body contouring procedures, including plastic surgery after weight loss, liposuction, and tummy tucks. In addition, Synergy Med Spa offers a range of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers. Dr. Kerr and Dr. Blagg serve communities surrounding Northern Austin and other cities, including Killeen, Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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