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Breast Implant Revision in Las Vegas, NV

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What is an implant revision?

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, breast implant surgery is one of the most popular surgeries of choice. Unfortunately, there are some women who are not satisfied with the results of their procedure. When problems occur after surgery, a breast implant revision is necessary in order to resolve the issue and provide women with a better result. Breast implant revisions are not very common and the national revision rate is 13-28%. It is important to note that not all breast revisions involve a mistake. For some women, a personal choice is made to have the implant replaced. Las Vegas, NV board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi will provide a complete evaluation and create a tailored plan to ensure the desired results are delivered.

Common Reasons for Surgery:

Breast revision corrects circumstances in regard to breast implants. The surgery focuses on removal, replacement, or making a switch from saline to silicone based implants. Listed below are the most common cases where a patient may be a candidate for this treatment.

  • Ruptured implants:  A problem that requires insertion of new implants.
  • Capsular contracture: A problem that occurs when the tissue around the breast hardens and changes the breast shape. Sometimes, this creates too much space between the breasts and an unnaturally round look can result.
  • Bottoming out: A condition that results in breast implants that drop too low.
  • Asymmetry: A condition regarding the position in which implants are placed, making them appear uneven.
  • Symmastia: A condition that occurs when the implants are placed too close together.
  • Snoopy deformity: A condition that makes the breasts appear elongated, resembling the shape of the cartoon character’s face.
  • Implant rippling: A condition where ridges and wrinkles occur due to rippling on the surface of the breasts.
  • Breast size: An occurrence in which the patient is unhappy with her breast implant size. Sometimes, a replacement surgery is beneficial to reach the desire shape and size.
  • Implant outline: A condition in which the outline of the implant becomes visible, resulting in an unnatural appearance.

When women are not happy with the results after undergoing breast implant surgery, it is important that they consult a plastic surgeon to have the issues resolved. Breast implant revision surgery is a practical solution when performed by the hands of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Surgical Approach

As every patient is unique, the particular type of breast revision surgery, and how involved it will be, will depend on the situation. Dr. Khorsandi will evaluate all of the patient’s concerns, whether there is an issue with placement, scarring, appearance, or size of the breasts after breast augmentation has occurred. From that point, the specifics of the revision or replacement procedure will be addressed. Patients who simply desire a new size should have a relatively easy experience regarding surgery. Breast implant revision surgery, however, is actually considered to be more involved than the initial procedure. Incisions will be made and could be performed in various locations. The areola, and beneath the breasts are typical locations for incisions, sometimes a vertical breast incision is needed as well. These details will be discussed at length during the consultation.

During/After Surgery

Breast revision surgery is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed under general anesthesia. The average revision surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. Patients can resume their normal routine on the second week. It will take a few more months for the effects of the revision to become noticeable and the breast to develop a natural feel and look.

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Average Cost  
$11,000 - $25,000
Recovery Time  
6-8 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2-4 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
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Expected Costs

A breast revision procedure can cost between $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the surgical case. It will cost more if there is an implant replacement or if there are other additional procedures such as breast lift or scar tissue removal. In cases when implants are a manufacturer’s defect, warranties may cover a portion or all of the surgical cost. Virtual consultations are $100 and in-person consults $300 the consult fee goes towards the procedure they are non-refundable.

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