Breast Implant Revision in Atlanta: Replacing Your Implants

Patients may want additional implant surgery after breast augmentation for several reasons.  For some, a different breast volume is desired.  Women may also want a smaller implant if they have gained weight over the years, or they may want to upsize their implants as they have become accustomed to their current size and desire a fuller figure. 

If you’re interested in a second breast surgery, Dr. Alderman provides breast implant revision in Atlanta, GA and for patients from surrounding communities.

Should You Have Implant Revision Surgery?

The majority of breast augmentation patients are satisfied with their procedure, but if you are interested in an implant change, Dr. Alderman can help. Some patients need a new pair of implants due to the advanced age of the devices.  Implants average lifespan is 15 years, and it is much better to replace an intact implant than to wait until it ruptures, especially if it is a silicone gel implant.

Patients may also desire corrective surgery if they have developed capsular contracture (scar tissue around the implant that results in breast firmness) or implant malposition (the implant is not in the desired location, most commonly moving to the outside aspect of the chest wall.)  The best way to determine if you should have another implant procedure is to call Dr. Alderman and schedule a visit to her office.

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If you’re in the Atlanta area and have any questions about a Breast Implant Revision or wish to schedule a consultation on a Breast Implant Revision with Dr. Alderman, please contact our office.

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What Can Breast Implant Revision Do for Me?

Breast implant revision offers significant benefits for both your physical and mental wellbeing. With a new, appropriately sized implant, you can feel safe and satisfied with aesthetic outcomes.

  • Replace damaged implants
  • Replace implants with a new size
  • Correct an undesired position of the implant, such as too far out to the side of your chest

If you have experienced a complication or you are simply dissatisfied with the outcome of your breast augmentation, you are probably a good candidate for breast implant revision surgery.

Candidates should be in good general health. To make sure that you are fit for the procedure, Dr. Alderman will take your medical history and examine you thoroughly. Smokers will need to stop smoking for a period of time before surgery.

Treating Implant Complications with Revision Surgery

Complications from breast enhancement are less common than ever due to advances in plastic surgery. But they still occur on occasion. Below are some of the most common:

Capsular Contracture happens when the scar tissue that naturally forms around the implant begins to shrink. As the scar tissue crowds the implant, it can cause pain and cause the implant to become too firm.

Symmastia is sometimes called “bread loafing” or “uniboob.” It occurs when the implants are so close together in the center that they appear to fuse. This can usually be avoided by ensuring that the implants are not too wide for the woman’s chest and not placed too close together.

Implant Displacement (sometimes called “bottoming out”) happens when the implant falls down so that the breast looks deflated on top and overly full on the bottom, and the nipple becomes positioned too high.  Implants can also be displaced laterally, which is most obvious when a patient lays on her back and the implants slide to the side of her chest.

Double Bubble is a condition in which the implant falls down below the natural crease of the breast, creating a second crease.

Meet Dr. Alderman

Dr. Amy Alderman is a nationally known, board-certified plastic surgeon located in Buckhead near Atlanta. As a female surgeon and mother of two children, she provides a unique perspective to patient care. Each surgical plan is individually tailored to each patient’s needs and lifestyles and is aimed at enhancing her patient’s natural beauty and restoring confidence. She is known for her personal approach to patient care and has unparalleled commitment to patient safety, which can be attributed to years of education, professional experience and involvement in national patient safety initiatives.

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What Happens During Breast Implant Revision?

Dr. Alderman spends a lot of time with patients prior to surgery to fully understand their desired breast volume and position and develop a surgical plan specifically tailored to their needs. Dr. Alderman will examine you and advise you of her surgical plan to correct and improve your breast augmentation. She will tell you what to expect before, during, and after your surgery.

Often, she can use the same incisions as from your original breast augmentation so that you will have no additional scarring. On rare occasions, you may be able to keep your original implants, but for most patients, it is advisable to receive new implants.

Recovering from Implant Revision: Comfortable Healing for Best Results

Most women can return to work within a few days to a week, as long as their job is not physically strenuous. You will feel more comfortable sleeping on your back for the first few nights, however.

You will wear a surgical bra for a few weeks, and you should be able to resume exercise and lifting in about a month.

Are you dissatisfied with the result from a prior breast augmentation? Or are you interested in changing your implant type or size? Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out more about breast implant revision in Atlanta and Buckhead with Dr. Alderman.

Dr. Alderman’s National Efforts on this Topic:

Subject Matter Expert for the FDA’s ALCL Implant PROFILE Study

Subject Matter Expert for American Society of Plastic Surgery initiative for U.S. National Breast Implant Registry

Surgical Editor, Cochrane Breast Cancer Group

American Society of Plastic Surgery Representative on the Plastic Surgery Foundation’s National Breast Implant Registry — Alderman, A. Invited

American Society of Plastic Surgery Breast Subcommittee

American Society of Plastic Surgery Patient Safety Committee

American Society of Plastic Surgery & Plastic Surgery Education Foundation Breast Surgery Task Force

Vice Chairperson, ASPS Education Aesthetic Council

The Future of Breast Augmentation: The Breast-Q in Aesthetic Breast Surgery.  2012 Atlanta Breast Symposium, Atlanta, GA

Management of Early and Late Periprosthetic Fluid Collections.  Challenging Complications in Plastic Surgery Symposium: Successful Management Strategies.  Washington, DC, July 2012.

Augmentation Mastopexy Panel.  Challenging Complications in Plastic Surgery Symposium: Successful Management Strategies.  Washington, DC, July 2012.

Managing the Unfavorable Scar: When to Perform Surgical Revision.  Challenging Complications in Plastic Surgery Symposium: Successful Management Strategies.  Washington, DC, July 2012.

Periprosthetic Redness/Infection: Strategies for Treatment.  Challenging Complications in Plastic Surgery Symposium: Successful Management Strategies.  Washington, DC, July 2012.

Improving Outcomes and Reoperations in Breast Augmentation Surgeries:  Minimizing Infection and Capsular Contracture. American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct 2012.

American Society of Plastic Surgery Presidents Panel: The PIP Crisis and International Perspectives on Implants and Registries: ASPS/PSF Vision for the National Breast Implant Registry.  American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct 2012.

Reconstruction Bowl: Academic vs. Private Practice.  American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Oct 2012.

American Society of Plastic Surgery/Plastic Surgery Education Foundation’s Vision for a National Breast Implant Registry. Georgia Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting, Dec 2012, Atlanta, GA.

VTE Prevention in Cosmetic Surgery.  Georgia Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting, Aug 2013, Brasstown Resort, GA.

Patient Safety: Prevention of VTE in Cosmetic Surgery.  QMP Aesthetic Surgery Symposium, Nov 2013, Chicago, IL

Prevention and Management of Capsular Contracture in Breast Augmentation.  QMP Aesthetic Surgery Symposium, Nov 2013, Chicago, IL

Management of the Late Periprosthetic Fluid Collection.  ASPS Management of Complications in Plastic Surgery Symposium.  March 28-29, 2014, Chicago, IL

Management of Complications in Augmentation Mastopexy Panel: panel participant.  ASPS Management of Complications in Plastic Surgery Symposium.  March 28-29, 2014, Chicago, IL

DVT Prophylaxis in the Breast Patient.  ASPS Management of Complications in Plastic Surgery Symposium.  March 28-29, 2014,Chicago, IL

Moderator: Fat Grafting to the Breast.  ASPS Management of Complications In Plastic Surgery Symposium.  March 28-29, 2014, Chicago, IL

Webinar: ASPS Dueling Perspectives in Breast Surgery: “Subglandular Augmentation: The Good Often Outweighs the Bad”.  May 13, 2014.

Optimizing Outcomes in Breast Augmentation.  Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, Greenbrier, West VA, June 6 – 8, 2014.

Aesthetic Breast Surgery: Preoperative Analysis and Markings: How I Do It.  ASPS Dueling Perspectives in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium, Washington, DC, June 20-22, 2014.

VTE Prophylaxis in Breast Surgery.  SESPRS 2015 Atlanta Breast Symposium, Atlanta, GA Jan 23-25, 2015.

Management of Late Breast Seromas.  SESPRS 2015 Atlanta Breast Symposium, Atlanta, GA Jan 23-25, 2015.

Subpectoral Device Placement: Minimizing Complications.  Aesthetica 2015, Las Vegas April 30-May 2, 2015.

Patient Safety and DVT Prophylaxis with Breast Surgery.  Aesthetica 2015, Las Vegas April 30-May 2, 2015.

The Complex Scar: New Strategies to Improve Appearance.  Aesthetica, June 2016, Washington, DC.

Tips and Tricks: Where to set your fold with form-stable implants.  Aesthetica, June 2016, Washington, DC.

To texture or not to texture: deconstructing what we know about implant surface characteristics.  Atlanta Breast Symposium, Jan 2018.

Strategies for setting appropriate NAC position with cosmetic breast surgery.  Atlanta Breast Symposium, Jan 2018.

VTE and breast surgery: current recommendations for chemoprophylaxis.  Atlanta Breast Symposium, Jan 2018.

Alderman, AK.  Discussion: A Multi-Institutional Perspective of Complication Rates for Elective Non-Reconstructive Breast Surgery: An Analysis of NSQIP Data from 2006 to 2010, Aesthetic Surgery Journal: 33(3): 387-388, 2013.

Pannucci, C, Alderman, AK.  Venous Thromboembolism and the Aesthetic Surgery Patient.  Essentials of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC.  Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery.  In Plastic Surgery  1st Edition

Alderman, AK, Chung, KC.  Outcomes for Surgical Guidance in Plastic Surgery:

Measuring Outcomes in Aesthetic Surgery.  Clinics in of Plastic Surgery, 2013:297-304.

Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC.  Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery.  In Plastic Surgery 4th Edition

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