Breast Revision near Orange County, CA

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What Is A Breast Revision Surgery?

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. and, in the majority of cases, produces terrific outcomes. However, some patients may and up unhappy with the results of augmentation and may need breast revision treatment. For this reason, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederic Corbin provides breast revision surgery to help patients achieve their desired outcome. Keep in mind that not all breast revisions are due to doctor error. While a few surgeries do end with a poor outcome, there are patients who want a different size implant, while others may have a defect and prefer to have the breast implant revised or taken out altogether. Furthermore, some women require revision treatment for a particular condition. We invite you to schedule your consultation at Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery in Brea or Beverly Hills, CA. 

Is Breast Revision Surgery for Me?

If you have any trouble (whether cosmetic or medical) after breast augmentation surgery, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Corbin to go over your wants and needs so that he can create your unique breast revision surgery plan. Whether it's scar tissue, drooping or sagging, ripples under the skin, or uneven breasts, revision surgery can help to address the irregularity and to provide a more appealing and healthy outcome. This procedure may also work well if you want to change implant style, size, or address another aspect of your breasts.

Common Reasons for Revision

This cosmetic surgery either removes an implant that is defective, not functioning, or is no longer wanted. Breast revision surgery may also be performed to change implant size or switch from saline to silicone (or vice versa). There are a few other common cases which may require revision treatment.


Asymmetry occurs when the implant sizes look disproportionate. This may be due to an implant being the wrong size, ptosis on one side, or a different condition that may cause asymmetry. A proper diagnosis would need to be made to determine what has led to the asymmetry. Then, surgery could be implemented to correct the problem, and new implants could be placed to achieve a proportionate appearance.

Bottoming Out

This is a problem that may happen when one or both breasts drop too low or "bottom out." In many cases, this is a positioning and placement error from the original operation. To modify this, a different placement positioning approach may be considered. In some cases, tissue grafting may be needed in addition to a surgically formed pocket to fit the new implant. For many patients, switching to a silicone implant can solve this problem.

Breast Size

Sometimes, revision surgery is as simple as getting a smaller or larger breast implant. During the first surgery, you may have opted to go too conservative or gone a bit too large. A new implant size can be switched with the original to reach the desired appearance.

Capsular Contracture

This occurs when the smooth tissue around the breast implant forms into scar tissue and becomes thick and hard. While breast implants do create some internal scarring, most patients will never see or feel it. In some situations, the hardening tissue could change the implant placement, which could in turn change the breast shape and implant functionality and create an undesirable outcome. In cases like this, scar removal surgery is needed to remove scarring.

Implant Rippling

Rippling occurs when there are visible wrinkles and ripples under the skin. This condition typically forms just along the edging of the implant. Rippling is more common for women who are relatively thin. Oftentimes, this condition can be fixed by simply switching to a silicone implant.

Implant Rupture

While this is a rare occurrence, breast implant rupture can occur. When a saline breast implant ruptures, the implant will deflate almost immediately. Because of this, visible deflation will occur. On the other hand, when a silicone implant ruptures, it can only be caught via an MRI. Whether silicone or saline, if a rupture occurs, a revision procedure will be necessary.


Symmastia is a condition that occurs when breast implants are positioned too close together and grow into one pocket. Most often, this happens because the breast implant selected was the incorrect width, shape, or size. Breast revision surgery can repair this problem by using an implant that fits your frame and looks balanced.

What to Expect after Breast Revision

After your surgery and a brief observation period, we'll send you home to begin your recovery. The recovery period varies depending on the complexity of your surgery. Any type of revision that warrants grafting or complex reconstruction will require a longer recovery, which could last up to several months. You should slowly start to see your surgical results as the swelling dissipates. Dr. Corbin or someone on his team will go over what you should expect during your recovery, as well as recommendations to help you heal faster. You should attend follow-up visits as directed so that Dr. Corbin can monitor your healing and results.

Change Your Mind

Breast revision surgery is a custom treatment tailored to your individual needs. If you are not happy with your breast implants or want a different outcome, we invite you to contact our Brea or Beverly Hills, CA office to schedule your appointment. There are many factors to consider, so Dr. Corbin will give you a full physical exam, present your revision options, and help set realistic expectations.

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