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Secondary Breast Surgery



Revision Breast Surgery or Secondary  Breast Surgery may bring up some concerns  at the forefront of your mind. When truly, secondary breast surgery may be an inviting reward. The goal in the initial breast augmentation is to select the best size, style and fit for the procedure. Yet, there are certain occasions in which a secondary breast augmentation may be desired. In fact, plastic surgeons take precautions to ensure women set reasonable expectations for the outcome of their initial procedure. In many cases, both saline and silicone breast implants may last for a lifetime. By the same token, silicone implants may be advised to exchange after up to 10 years. There are also other types of breast surgery that may be appropriate following a primary breast surgery procedure.

If we were to think of the wear and tear on our bodies due to the aging process, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, breast sagging or droopiness, or breast feeding, it is no surprise that women who have had breast augmentation might opt for a secondary breast surgery procedure. Add to this, the fact that newer improved breast implants are available when compared to former decades, it may not be inappropriate for women to consider secondary breast surgery today. By exploring the reason why secondary breast surgery may be advantageous, it may be less intimidating and more understandable why women have selected secondary breast surgery, as follows:

Reduce Beast Sagginess

For some women, breast sagging develops following an initial breast augmentation. This may occur because the breast implant selected by the woman is too large and heavy to meet the limitations of the body frame, underlying tissue and muscles. Alternatively, this may occur because of the natural aging process over time that contributes to density loss of glandular fat and tissue, as well as, the natural consequence of breast sagginess or droopiness over time. Other women may know they need a breast lift to support their breast implant surgery and prefer to postpone this surgery until a year or more following the initial breast surgery in order to allow for breast implant settling and the prevention of excessive breast sagging or droopiness.

Misshapen Breasts

Women with misshapen breasts that are interested in increasing breast size may select breast augmentation initially, but may add the breast lift procedure to the call-to-action months later to fully reshape breasts that are tubular or otherwise misshapen breasts.

New Breast Implants

Some women wish to further increase breast size following an initial breast augmentation procedure. Other women may prefer newer improved breast implants, such as tear drop shapes, silicone or “gummy gel” style implants. If the woman has had breast augmentation with incisions under the breasts and is changing out breast implants for size or newer improved breast implants, the plastic surgeon does not usually have to dissect the breast pocket, which was completed in the initial surgery. So, secondary breast surgery for these women is usually less invasive.

The good news is that secondary breast augmentation procedures may not be as discomforting as the first breast surgery procedure in numerous ways. At times, the plastic surgeon may reopen the initial incisions to treat the breasts during secondary surgery. This provides for less trauma to the breasts. The techniques used in today’s breast augmentation by many plastic surgeon are advanced and less traumatic to the breasts overall. There are visual guides to allow the plastic surgeon to provide greater precision and less trauma to the breasts during surgery. In addition, recovery is not what it used to be decades ago. Breast surgery recovery is usually much more improved, making secondary breast surgery a worthwhile consideration for many women today. Weather for youthfulness, refreshment, enhancement or other reasons, women today have more reasons to withstand secondary breast surgery when desired or required for the most favorable result.

There are certain instances when a revision breast surgery is  more complex. This may require the experience of a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in the type of revision you require.


It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. There are benefits and risks associated with all medical procedures. Your Health Access disclaims any liability for decisions you make based on this website’s information. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition.