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Breast Revision in Austin

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It's frustrating to put time and effort into improving your appearance only to be disappointed in the long-term results. That's why we offer breast revision, breast implant revision, and breast augmentation repair for women who have concerns with previous breast procedures. Whether changes have appeared over time or you were never satisfied in the first place, we can help. While many surgeons offer breast procedures, breast revision requires a higher level of skill and experience. Dr. Caridi specializes in helping women find the satisfaction they hoped for and deserve. He strives to deliver the best breast revision Austin has to offer. We would love to speak with you about your personal situation and discuss how he can help.

What is a Breast Revision?

Breast implant revision surgery replaces old implants with new ones while allowing patients to enhance the appearance of their breasts. This procedure can address a number of patient goals, including resizing, reshaping, or changing implant materials for reasons like discomfort from capsular contracture, safety concerns, or the desire for a different implant style. It offers a customized approach to achieving desired breast aesthetics and safety.

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What are the benefits of a Breast Revision?

Breast revision surgery offers a range of significant benefits, making it an appealing option for individuals seeking to enhance their breast appearance and overall well-being. This procedure allows you to customize your breast implants, offering the potential for size adjustments, shape enhancements, and style changes to better align with your aesthetic goals. Beyond cosmetic improvements, breast revision also provides a means to address prior surgical work, correct issues such as capsular contracture, and replace ruptured implants, thereby ensuring both safety and comfort.

The benefits of breast revision surgery with Dr. Caridi include:

  • Upgrade your breasts
  • Lift your breasts
  • Correct previous work
  • Change implant size
  • Replace ruptured implants
  • Remove your implants
  • Over 30 years experience

What are the differences between Breast Revision and Breast Augmentation?


Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular aesthetic surgical procedures, but it's not the end all in breast surgery. Breast revision surgery is needed to create your ideal breast appearance.

Breast augmentation focuses on enhancing the breasts by adding volume with implants. This enhances the profile of the breasts, causing them to become larger and project more. This can be an ideal procedure for women who haven’t been satisfied with their breasts’ size, or who have experienced breasts shrinking or sagging due to the natural aging process.

Breast revision is a highly customized process that focuses on correcting the breasts after a previous breast surgery. This can include replacing breast implants or changing the shape or size of implants. This is a delicate process that requires an experienced plastic surgeon to achieve optimal results.

Every woman is unique, and every breast revision is different. Below, you’ll find answers to many of your questions about the process.

Breast Revision Candidates

If you are dissatisfied with a previous breast surgery’s outcome or have experienced issues like implant rupture, capsular contracture, visible rippling, or breast drooping from old implants, you are likely a suitable candidate for this procedure. Ideal candidates are in good overall health and non-smokers. Dr. Caridi's evaluation during the initial consultation will determine your eligibility for breast revision, ensuring that you can achieve the desired results and address your unique concerns effectively.

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Reasons for Breast Revision Surgery

Replacing Old Breast Implants

While breast implants don’t have an expiration date, they do wear out and are more likely to develop a crack or hole in the implant shell as time passes. An experienced surgeon will be able to tell you if and when you should replace your old implants. It is uncommon for patients to voluntarily have their breast implants replaced if they are happy with how they look and feel. The most common reasons to have your implants replaced are breast contracture, breast implant deflation, your breast implants are over 15 years old and noticeably different, or you are already considering having a breast revision during which the surgeon can easily exchange your breast implants.

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Replacing Sagging Breast Implants

Breast sagging, medically known as “ptosis”, is when the breasts begin drooping. After a breast augmentation, the breast tissue can slide off the breast implant, making the breast appear unnatural or unattractive. Ptosis results in a deflated breast appearance characterized by diminished superior breast fullness and reduced breast projection. Factors such as substantial weight fluctuations, pregnancy, inadequate bra support, and genetic predisposition are all related to breast ptosis. The approach to addressing breast ptosis is contingent on its underlying cause. To elevate a sagging implant, repositioning it higher may be necessary. In cases of loose, drooping breast tissue, a breast lift procedure is employed to sculpt and restore a more youthful positioning. With the help of an expert surgeon, your breasts can regain their desired shape and fullness.

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Replacing Malpositioned Breast Implants

When a breast implant has moved over time, or was placed incorrectly during a previous surgery, we refer to the condition as implant malposition. If the implant is too high, too low, or off to the side, you have implant malposition. The breast implant needs to sit properly behind the breast. An experienced surgeon has many options for repositioning implants that could include a breast pocket adjustment, implant exchange, soft tissue grafting, or even a breast lifting procedure. If your implants aren’t in their proper placement, we will identify and discuss the best treatment for you.

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Replacing Hardened Breast Implants

Unusually rigid implants are caused by a condition called capsular contracture. This occurs when the layer of scar tissue surrounding the implant becomes extra thick over time, resulting in a firm implant. Capsular contracture can cause the shape of the breast to distort, causing asymmetry and physical discomfort. While this condition typically occurs within the first five years following an operation, the symptoms may appear at any time. Fortunately, there are methods for handling the situation, so that the breast will be soft again.

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Have Your Breast Implants Ruptured Or Deflated?

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Over time, all implants are prone to deflation, cracks, or tears in the outer shell, commonly referred to as "implant failure." It's important to note that saline and silicone implants exhibit distinct behaviors in response to such issues. In the case of saline implants, deflation leads to a noticeable and sudden reduction in breast volume. On the other hand, when a silicone implant tears, there's no free-flowing silicone, as the cohesive gel remains within the implant shell or the capsule of scar tissue around it. While tears in silicone implants may not be visually obvious, they can potentially cause breast discomfort or lead to capsular contracture. There is no danger to you when an implant fails, but you will need to decide whether you will remove or replace the implant. This procedure can also be combined with additional lifting procedures.

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Do You Want To Change The Size Of Your Breast Implants?

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Choosing the right size breast implant for your body is a challenge for everyone involved. After a procedure, it’s not uncommon that a patient wants to increase or decrease the size of their implants. A breast augmentation isn’t a lifelong commitment, and you can choose to make adjustments. Dr. Caridi takes extreme care in helping his Austin breast revision patients find the implants that best suit their bodies and plans. If you would like to consider exchanging your implants for a different size, we can explore your options, giving you the chance to see how larger or smaller implants might look. A knowledgeable surgeon can help you make the choice that will satisfy you.

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The Difference Between Breast Revision and Explant Surgery

While breast revision surgery and explant surgery are similar in nature, they have different uses. Explant surgery involves removing old implants, while breast revision surgery focuses on replacing them. Explant surgery is usually used for concerns like implant breakdown, discomfort from the capsule around implants, or potential symptoms of breast implant illness (BII). In contrast, breast revision surgery is used for those looking to modify implant size, shape, or style, addressing issues like implant movement, capsule-related discomfort, and visible breast skin rippling. Dr. Caridi works closely with patients to create personalized plans that align with their goals and concerns.

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To prepare for your breast revision, anesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort. Dr. Caridi will then make precise incisions based on your desired breast changes. The implants are then replaced and the incisions closed using sutures, skin adhesives, tapes, or clips.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

Recovery following breast revision surgery is similar to the recovery process after an initial breast augmentation but is often more extensive. Patients should expect to restrict upper body movement and schedule at least one week off from work. In the postoperative period, strenuous activities should be avoided for a minimum of four weeks, allowing the breasts time to recover and settle into their final position, which may take a few months. Your surgeon will provide you with precise guidelines to ensure a safe and effective recovery.

How much does a Breast Revision cost?

While every breast revision procedure is different, breast revision surgery typically ranges from $6,000 to $15,000 in cost on average. Individual factors and the specifics of the procedure, such as anesthesia, facility costs, and potential implant expenses, will cause the cost to vary. Talk to your surgeon during your initial consultation so you know what to expect.

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Breast Revision Frequently Asked Questions

Breast revision is generally not any more painful than breast augmentation surgery. Anesthesia is used to ensure patient comfort, and your doctor will advise you on the steps to take to ensure your recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible.

Breast revision is generally not any more painful than a breast augmentation surgery. Anesthesia is used to ensure patient comfort, and your doctor will advise you on the steps to take to ensure your recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible.

While not every person who has a breast augmentation will have a breast revision later, it is still a very common procedure.

Breast revision surgery may be necessary for a number of reasons, such as addressing capsular contracture, switching implant types for improved aesthetics or comfort, responding to life changes, or addressing cosmetic concerns from previous surgeries.

All of the steps you will need to take to prepare for your breast revision surgery will be gone over in your initial consultation. You will need to follow your doctor's instructions regarding exercise, diet, medications, and rest before the surgery.