Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure to add volume to the breasts using breast implants, fat transfer, or a mixture of both (composite breast augmentation) to achieve the desired size and shape.
A patient may choose to undergo a second revision procedure if they are unhappy with the size or shape of the breasts from the initial procedure, to correct asymmetries, or to treat complications that have arisen during the breast implant recovery process. Like the initial procedure, implants and/or fat transfer can be used to reach a patient’s desired aesthetic.
At the CREO Clinic, we are led by Dr. Omar Tillo, a specialist in body contouring with significant experience conducting breast reconstructive surgeries. Over his extensive career, Dr. Tillo mastered the skills needed to create his own composite breast augmentation procedure, creating the best possible results by combining the benefits of fat transfer and breast implants.
To book a consultation with Dr. Tillo and enjoy a bust that you are happy with, contact the CREO Clinic today.
What Is Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery?
Breast augmentation revision describes a surgical procedure to correct or improve the results achieved in an initial breast augmentation surgery. Depending on the nature of the initial surgery, a revision may involve swapping the implants for a different size, removing fat deposits with liposuction, adding additional volume with fat transfer, or a combination of these surgical techniques to achieve the desired result.
Why Would Someone Want To Get Breast Augmentation Revision?
A patient may choose to undergo a revision breast implant surgery for many reasons:
- To change the size of the breasts with different implants, fat transfer (more volume), or liposuction (to reduce volume)
- To correct asymmetries between the breasts
- To correct complications during the healing process that have affected the appearance of the breasts, e.g., prominent scar tissue
- To treat silicone implant rupture that has caused the breasts to lose volume
- To correct visible skin rippling caused by saline implants
- To correct capsular contracture that has caused the breasts to become firm and misshapen
- To adjust the position of breast implants (if they are too high/too low in the chest)
Who Is A Good Candidate For Breast Augmentation Revision?
A good candidate for breast revision surgery is somebody unhappy with the results of their original procedure and wishes to change the appearance of the breast tissue by undergoing a second surgery. Patients should also:
- Be in good physical and psychological health.
- Have a BMI below 30. You can use our BMI calculator to check your eligibility.
- Wait at least six months after their initial breast surgery before pursuing a revision.
- Have realistic expectations about the results a breast augmentation revision can achieve.
- Have an adequate amount of excess fat to harvest if fat transfer is required.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Revision Cost?
At the CREO Clinic, prices start from £6,900 for breast augmentation revision surgery. However, as treatment is different for each patient depending on the complexity of the procedure, a full cost breakdown will only be provided following a 1-to-1 consultation with Dr. Tillo.
At the CREO Clinic, we also offer financing options for our patients seeking to spread the cost of their treatment, including interest-free financing for up to 12 months.
What’s Included In The Cost?
The quoted price of a breast augmentation revision includes:
- Surgeons fees
- Anaesthetist and anaesthetic fees
- Hospital and theatre costs
- Follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery and results
- Compression garments
Additional costs may be charged for chaperone services, private prescriptions, biopsies, or other scans/tests that are required.
What Should I Expect During A Consultation For Breast Augmentation Revision?
During your consultation with Dr. Tillo, you will discuss the concerns you have about your breasts and the results you wish to achieve. Dr. Tillo will ask you questions about your initial procedure and explain how a revision can help address your concerns.
You will also be asked about your medical history and your expectations for surgery to ensure that they are realistic.
How Should I Prepare For Breast Augmentation Revision?
You should take several steps to prepare for your breast augmentation revision:
- Maintain your weight at a BMI under 30 to reduce the risk of complications during and after surgery.
- Stop taking oestrogen Contraceptives/HRT four weeks before surgery
- Cease all nicotine consumption four weeks before surgery, as this can cause complications.
- Reduce your alcohol consumption to ensure your body is able to heal properly after surgery
- Prep your home so that you will be comfortable after surgery, making any necessary arrangements for child care and pet care.
Risks With Breast Augmentation Revision
The risks associated with breast augmentation revision are similar to those of the initial procedure:
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Asymmetry between the breasts
- Capsular contraction
- Implant rotation, loss, or rupture
- Rippling, wrinkling, and feeling/seeing the breast implants’ edges
- Volume loss from fat grafts being absorbed by the body
Breast Augmentation Revision Procedure Overview
The exact procedure for your breast implant revision surgery will depend on your specific needs and aesthetic goals. For example, a revision may involve changing implants, fat transfer, or a composite procedure consisting of both surgical techniques.
In general, the procedure is performed under general anaesthetic.
To change the implants, an incision is made under the nipple, under the crease of the breast, or in the underarm, and the old implant is removed. The new implant will then be placed in the desired position in the breast implant pocket before the incisions are closed.
For fat transfer patients who want additional volume in the breasts, liposuction will first be performed to harvest excess fat from other parts of the body. This fat is then purified before being injected into the breasts to achieve the desired size and shape.
Recovery Process For Breast Augmentation Revision
After breast implant revision surgery, you may experience soreness, swelling, and tightness around the breasts, which will gradually subside within a few weeks. After this period, you should feel well enough to return to work and resume light activities. However, you will need to wait until you are fully recovered before engaging in more strenuous activities, which usually takes up to 6 weeks.
What Results Should I Expect For Breast Augmentation Revision
The results you achieve from your breast augmentation revision will depend on the aesthetic goals you are seeking to achieve.
Following surgery, your breasts should look more symmetrical but may appear larger than expected due to post-surgical swelling and fat grafts if injected.
To aid the recovery process, many patients choose to undergo lymphatic drainage massages to reduce the build-up of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling.
You will need to wait for this swelling to dissipate and the fat grafts to settle before seeing your final results, which can take 6-12 weeks.
How Do Your Breasts Change After Implants?
The appearance of your breasts after implants will depend on whether you choose to increase or decrease the size of the implants. If you choose to remove implants altogether and have good skin laxity, the breasts should return to their original position without sagging.
What Procedures Complement Breast Augmentation Revision?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure to lift and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin. A breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation revision to improve the perkiness of the breasts, creating a more youthful and desirable appearance.
Liposuction, also called suction-assisted lipectomy, is a cosmetic surgery to remove excess fat deposits from the body. Liposuction can be combined with a breast augmentation revision to remove fatty deposits in the breasts and other parts of the upper body to create a slimmer and contoured appearance.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin from the abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles to strengthen the core. When combined with a breast augmentation revision, the upper body can enjoy a more holistic transformation, with new implants in the breasts and a more contoured abdomen.
A mummy makeover describes a series of surgeries conducted, typically breast surgery, liposuction, and a tummy tuck, to treat the parts of the body most affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding. A breast augmentation revision can form part of this package and, when combined with the other procedures, creates a dramatic transformation to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy figure.
Breast Augmentation Revision FAQs
Will there be noticeable scars from breast augmentation revision?
The scarring left from the incisions made during surgery will depend on the nature of the procedure. Scars generally fade over time, and Dr. Tillo will make every effort to make incisions so that any scarring is well disguised by the natural contours of the body.
Does the type of my implant affect breast augmentation revision?
Complications arising from the type of implants used in the initial procedure may be the reason for pursuing a revision surgery. For example, a rippling effect from saline implants. In these instances, patients may be advised to use a different type of implant in their revision breast augmentation.
When can I return to work after breast augmentation revision?
Similar to the initial procedure, you should feel able to return to work 10 days after your breast augmentation revision.
Will I have to wear a compression garment?
You will be required to wear a compression garment for the first six weeks after surgery. This will help to control any swelling you experience after your procedure.
Does breast augmentation revision create stretch marks?
Breast augmentation revision should not create stretch marks. For patients who are more prone to stretch marks, large implants should be avoided. In addition, laser stretch mark removal can be undergone to minimise the appearance of any stretch marks.
When can I workout again?
Most patients are able to begin light exercise 1-2 weeks after surgery but will need to wait six weeks before engaging in more intense workouts.