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Revision Breast Augmentation – Breast Implant Exchange

Revision breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to address concerns resulting from an individual’s prior breast augmentation with implants. Patients typically request this procedure here at Luxxery Boutique if a different size or type of implant is desired, if they are reevaluating the effects after natural changes to the body have occurred over time, if they simply would like to go back to their original breast size, or if they need to correct complications or dissatisfaction from a previous procedure provided by another surgeon. Fortunately, most individuals can successfully achieve their goals with revision breast augmentation performed by our experienced plastic surgeon.

What Are Some Common Reasons for Revision Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation with implants with implants is one of the most popular elective plastic surgeries in our world today, yet no matter how frequently this procedure is performed, each surgery is unique and presents its own complexities. While breast augmentation produces beautiful and long-lasting results for many women, some patients may ultimately wish or need to exchange or remove their implants later in life. Here are some common reasons patients may seek revision breast augmentation:

Cosmetic Changes

  • Increase or decrease the size of the breast implants 
  • Switch the implants to a new and/or different type (i.e. from silicone to saline or vice versa) or upgrade the material to experience a different feel 
  • Move the implants to a new location (such as switching from placement over the chest muscle to under the chest muscle) 
  • Remove the existing breast implants without replacing them 
  • Address the effects of aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal changes, or general dissatisfaction relating to the aesthetics of the breast implants 


  • Hardening, shape change, or discomfort caused by excessive scar tissue surrounding the implant (capsular contracture)
  • A rupture in the implant
  • Deflation of a saline implant
  • Symptoms related to rare conditions such as BIA-ALCL (Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) or BII (Breast Implant Illness) 
  • Implant malposition – one or both breast implants shifting to an abnormal position 
  • Development of asymmetric breast contours 
  • Structural changes to the implant, including rippling or tearing


In any case, to determine if breast revision surgery is right for you, it’s best to schedule a full evaluation of your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ayman R. Hakki.

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What Is Involved in the Revision Breast Augmentation Procedure?

Dr. Hakki works closely with each patient to ensure a mutual understanding is met for the goals and circumstances of their treatment. Breast revision surgeries are typically outpatient procedures in which removal and replacement of the implants is completed at the same time. General anesthesia is typically necessary during a revision breast augmentation. When possible, the incision locations from the previous surgery are used to help prevent additional scarring. If this cannot be accomplished, Dr. Hakki will need to create new incisions; however, he will make every effort to ensure that residual scarring is as minimal as possible. Additionally, some patients may wish to include a breast lift (mastopexy) during the procedure to enhance the aesthetic result and reduce a “sagging” appearance if that is present. Our surgeon will talk with you about all of your options during the initial consultation and determine whether a breast lift is also recommended. 

What Can I Expect During Revision Breast Augmentation Recovery?

The healing and recovery process of revision breast augmentation is quite similar – and with some patients even easier – than the original augmentation surgery. Each patient’s timeline will depend on the techniques performed during the procedure, the complexities of the case, and the individual’s unique needs. Patients may experience minimal bruising, swelling, tenderness, and mild discomfort near the incision sites, which should gradually subside with recovery. We typically recommend waiting at least one to two weeks before returning to work and resuming moderate activities, while strenuous activities should be on hold for several weeks. During this time (or up to six weeks), a compression bra is usually required to aid in the healing process. Our team will provide specific post-operative guidelines to help you achieve the smoothest and most efficient recovery possible.

How Much Does Revision Breast Augmentation Cost?

At Luxxery Boutique, the starting cost for a saline breast implant exchange is $7,000 and the starting cost for a silicone breast augmentation exchange is $8,000. The starting cost for a breast implant removal (without replacement) is $5,000. These cost estimates include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, use of the surgical facility, the price of the breast implants for replacement procedures, and follow-up care. The total cost will vary for each patient based on an individualized treatment plan, as well as any fees that may not be included (pre-operative testing, blood work, special equipment, etc.). Once your treatment plan is designed during the initial consultation, we can provide you with a more precise cost estimate and go over our payment options. Those include financing opportunities through reputable third-party agencies that offer affordable payment plans for patients who qualify. 

Would you like to learn more about Revision breast Surgery and the possibilities of this procedure?

Please contact our office for additional information on revision breast surgery, or to schedule a consultation.