Breast Implant Replacement Revision Plastic SurgeryThe primary breast augmentation procedure may sometimes lead to complications or implant failure, making it necessary to have the breast implants removed or replaced.

Breast implant revision or replacement plastic surgery can be a more intricate procedure than the primary surgery, and should only be performed by a fully trained and experienced surgeon to achieve sustainable outcomes.

At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about her breast implant revision options, and help her make the right decisions. The remarkable and dedicated Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by ABPS board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin, provides breast implant revision and replacement procedures to patients in Richmond, Virginia, and other neighborhoods and towns across the horizon.


Implant Replacement

Breasts implants are a safe, judicious, and proven procedure, but even the most effectively placed implants may have to be replaced at some point during the patient’s lifetime. Capsular contracture is one of the prime causes, which can make the implants lose their shape, position, or become damaged, hardened, or rippled. This can necessitate breast implant replacement plastic surgery.

During the breast implant replacement procedure, the surgeon’s first choice will be to use the old incision lines to remove old implants and replace them with new ones. This will help avoid any new scars in the breast area. However, if the patient wants implants of a different type or size as replacement, the surgeon may have to customize implant pockets and create new incisions.

Breast implant replacement surgery may often have to be combined with breast lift. Most women would need a replacement after several years of use of primary implants. By then aging effects may have reduced skin elasticity, causing the breasts to sag. In such cases, ideal results can be achieved with a combination of implant replacement and breast lift.


Implant Removal vs. Replacement

Breast implant replacement is usually considered a preferable approach to breast revision surgery rather than implant removal. A replacement procedure is often less complicated and has a reduced risk of infection and bleeding.

But in a situation where a woman suffers from pain symptoms, arthritis or another autoimmune disease, the surgeon may recommend implant removal instead of replacement. Outstanding and cutting edge plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Virginia, and nearby areas for breast implant revision surgery.



Recovery in breast implant revision procedures can vary from one patient to another depending on the complexity of the procedure. Post-op discomfort may be a little higher if the scar tissue is removed along with the implant. But in average cases of implant replacement, the recovery will be similar to that of the primary breast augmentation procedure.

Patients can go back to their workplace or return to their daily routine in about a week to 10 days. If breast lift is combined with the revision procedure, the recovery may be a little longer. Soreness in breasts will be felt for a few days, similar to what the patient experienced following the original breast augmentation. The surgeon may prescribe mild pain medications in the first week to ensure patient comfort.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

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