How Long Is the Recovery Time from Breast Revision?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Breast implants are a wonderful way to enhance your breasts, but they aren’t meant to last forever. There are some occasions, such as implant rupture or deflation, that necessitate revision surgery. Others simply elect to remove their implants due to cosmetic reasons. At SSK Plastic Surgery, we can perform all kinds of revision surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi takes great care to correct and resolve any issues that have caused you to seek out a second procedure.

The professionals at SSK Plastic Surgery help patients reach their goals for both a healthy and attractive body any way we can. When you arrive at our clinic for a consultation, our staff can cover topics such as breast implant replacement, downsizing breast implants, and recovery time from surgery. Learn more by scheduling a private appointment in Newport Beach, CA.

How long do breast implants last?

Breast augmentation is a popular surgery that improves the volume and symmetry of the breasts. During the initial consultation, many patients want to know – how long do breast implants last? If you are considering augmentation for the first time, Dr. Kelishadi will perform an examination and give you the information you want to know. Generally, medical-grade saline or silicone breast implants are meant to last 10 – 20 years or longer. For most, this procedure is safe and produces satisfactory results.

Breast revision may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the implants don’t settle into position properly. This can result in bottoming out or visible wrinkles in the tissue. There is also the possibility of complications, such as implant rupture or capsular contracture, which is the hardening of the scar tissue around the implant. Others have changed their minds about the appearance of their breasts and choose either downsizing breast implants or breast implant replacement. At SSK Plastic Surgery, we can address all of these issues and more.

About breast implant revision surgery

Breast revision surgery does require greater expertise and skill than the original breast augmentation. In a revision, Dr. Kelishadi uses a blend of art and science to produce safe and aesthetic results. This includes using the most advanced surgical techniques and equipment to achieve minimal scarring. Not only that, but the revision surgery will also be personalized based on your unique frame and body type. It is our hope that you feel happy with your results without further surgical complications or discomfort.

To prepare, Dr. Kelishadi will explain what you can expect before, during, and after surgery, and any potential complications. We perform breast implant revision as an outpatient procedure while the patient is under general anesthesia, taking about 1 – 4 hours to complete. Once any complications have been taken care of and the ideal shape has been achieved, we will expertly close the incisions. A member of our team will then monitor you closely before releasing you to recover at home.

Breast revision recovery time

Recovery after a revision surgery may be similar to your original breast augmentation. The team at SSK Plastic Surgery can offer guidelines and advice for making you feel more comfortable. However, recovery instructions may vary based on whether you have chosen downsizing breast implants or breast implant replacement. It is important to rest and limit your upper body movement and take some time off from work. We can offer some prescription medications to lessen any discomfort or swelling you experience in the meantime.

Overall, your breast revision recovery time should take a few weeks, but it may take longer for the breasts to settle into their new positions on the chest. Dr. Kelishadi recommends taking light walks around the house to encourage healthy circulation while you heal. During a follow-up appointment, we should be able to clear you for certain workouts and exercises. If you suspect a complication, such as capsular contracture or implant rupture, at any point call Dr. Kelishadi right away for help. We will be able to talk you through the process.

Breast revision surgery in Newport Beach

Dr. Sean Kelishadi is one of the top board-certified plastic surgeons in Newport Beach, CA. As such, he has an artistic eye for offering patients great results. At SSK Plastic Surgery, we understand that each patient is different in terms of what they want. We take your health and personal goals into consideration when planning a custom breast implant revision. Dr. Kelishadi is honored to listen to your concerns and work with you. Learn more about how long breast implants last and breast revision recovery time by reaching out for a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.