How Soon After Breast Augmentation Can I Get a Breast Revision?

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


Breast augmentation is a wonderful way for patients to achieve a great sense of self-confidence, especially if their natural breasts are undersized or uneven in appearance. Though the vast majority of people are satisfied with their breast implants, a small number are less than happy with their results. Others may desire an upgrade as their body and choices change. At SSK Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi performs breast implant revision surgery to achieve the look you want.

At our office in Newport Beach, CA, we understand that a woman’s breasts are a part of her identity and femininity. Dr. Kelishadi and his team offer genuine care and cutting-edge techniques that are tailored to your goals. Whether you received breast implants at our facility or somewhere else, we can provide an arsenal of tools to enhance your breasts through revision surgery. So how soon after breast augmentation can you get a revision? Learn more by reading below and scheduling your consultation.

Common reasons to get breast implant revision surgery

Most individuals seek breast revision to achieve better symmetry or to correct issues that have occurred over time, such as natural aging and gravity. Unfortunately, there are also some cases where surgical mistakes were made, resulting in the wrong implant size or position that is now causing complications. This is why SSK Plastic Surgery emphasizes the importance of choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience in breast augmentation procedures. If this is the case, a corrective procedure is required to meet a patient’s needs better and to prevent pain or other symptoms. Other reasons patients in Newport Beach, CA seek out breast revision include:

  • Breast implant deflation or rupture: this is a rare occurrence when one or both implants have leaked or deflated after implant augmentation. This can happen as a result of physical trauma or other unforeseen circumstances.

  • Capsular contracture: years after breast augmentation, the scar tissue that forms around the implant may tighten, causing pain or discomfort in patients. Sometimes this also results in unnatural breast shape or position.

  • Older implants: breast implants are not meant to last a lifetime. When you need an implant replacement, Dr. Kelishadi can offer effective and durable options that last much longer than previous types of breast implants.

Breast revision surgery techniques

Breast implant revision surgery is completed on an outpatient basis while the patient is under general anesthesia, usually lasting from 1 – 4 hours. Dr. Kelishadi can offer methods such as a breast lift, breast augmentation with new implants, or breast reduction based on your unique needs and body frame. No matter your surgery, the expert team at SSK Plastic Surgery does our best to minimize signs of scarring and stretch marks. We also offer nipple and areola revision so they are consistent with your final outcome. Most women who have undergone breast revision say are pleased with their proportionate results and new body contours.

How soon can I get breast revision after augmentation?

Based on the reason for getting a breast revision, it's best to wait for about 6 – 12 months to undergo the next procedure. As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, it’s best to wait until the side effects such as swelling have completely subsided before considering a revision. This improves your chances of getting the contours you desire. When you prepare for your initial consultation with Dr. Kelishadi, we will review your reasons for needing a breast revision and discuss your options for when to get surgery. You may also want to bring in some photos of what you’re looking for so we can discuss your goals.

Fortunately, recovery from breast implant revision surgery is quite similar to the initial breast augmentation. SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA will provide patients with instructions on taking care of their surgical sites as well as what side effects to expect. Breast tenderness and soreness should subside after a few days, but swelling may take a little longer. In the meantime, we can prescribe pain medication to minimize discomfort. Patients may also need to wear a surgical garment to help control support the healing of the breast tissues.

Contact Dr. Kelishadi for breast revision

As we’ve stated before, it’s important to note that breast implants are not meant to last forever. This means that even if you have a flawless breast augmentation procedure the first time around, you may still need to undergo a second procedure in the future. Rest assured that this is normal and usually takes place some years after your original implants have been placed. Choosing the right plastic surgeon who is experienced in brest revision can ensure that this secondary procedure is as safe and effective as possible.

While it’s important to maintain realistic expectations about your breast revision, you can expect to see a good improvement in the appearance of your breasts with SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA. This may result in more symmetry, less scarring, or more pleasing shape. Dr. Sean Kelishadi will gladly listen to your concerns and work with you to prepare a plan of action. Feel free to call our office to learn more about how soon you can get breast implant revision surgery.

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