Dr. Schwartz is an internationally recognized expert in breast surgery, which has given him specialized knowledge in identifying and correcting problems that can arise from breast implant surgery. If you are unhappy with the results of your previous breast surgery, or surgeries, a breast revision may be necessary to achieve your desired results.
Reasons for Revision Surgery
Clients that would benefit from a breast implant revision may be dissatisfied with their implants for a variety of reasons. Some women may be unhappy with overly large implants, or may have complications arise with their breast implants that require corrective surgery. Some of the issues that a breast implant revision can correct are: implant bottoming out, animation deformity, capsular contracture, ruptured implants, unwanted implants, implant rippling, and shifting implants.
All individuals with implants should be checked annually by a board-certified plastic surgeon to identify any complications that could arise, and address them immediately.
Depending on the type of implants you have, a rupture may be easy or difficult to detect. With saline implants, a noticeable deflation in the implant will happen over a 24 hour period and are easy to detect.
Because of the cohesive nature of silicone gel, ruptured silicone implants often take longer to diagnose, and may require imaging for confirmation.
In cases of a ruptured implant, Dr. Schwartz will be surgically removing the implant and replacing the implant, if desired. During your breast implant revision consultation, you and Dr. Schwartz can discuss a detailed treatment plan that will address all of your needs and concerns.
Breast implant Rippling
Breast implant rippling is another common complication with breast implants, especially saline. Rippling is typically most noticeable on the bottom of the breasts or the sides, but could also appear near the cleavage.
The causes of implant rippling could be the placement of the implant above the muscle; a client that doesn't have enough breast tissue to cover the implant; or underinflated saline implants. Depending on the reason for the rippling, the correction may involve placing the implant under the muscle, using fat grafting or ADM to create more padding between the implant and the skin, and/or changing the implants from saline to silicone.
Double Bubble Implants
A "double bubble," or a visible implant, will occur when your breast diameter is smaller then the diameter of the implant. A revision surgery is often necessary to correct this breast implant complication.
Breast Implant Removal
Some women feel after having implants for a long period of time would prefer just to remove them. Breast implants are not meant to last forever. The FDA recommends removing breast implants with/without replacement at 15-years. Dr. Schwartz recommends that you begin thinking about removing and/or exchanging them about 10 years after placement.
Having breasts that are in harmony with your body proportions can complement your figure and enhance your overall appearance. Vice versa, having overly large, or disproportionate breast implants can be a source of discomfort for many women. Clients that find themselves unhappy with the size of their current breast implants may opt for a breast revision surgery to replace these with smaller implants, or remove the implants entirely, to create a more aesthetically balanced body shape.
When an implant is placed inside the body, your body will naturally form an internal scar around it. Capsular contracture is when your body has formed a thick, tight scar around the implant, resulting in hardened, painful, or distorted implants. Sometimes, it may only happen in one breast while in other cases, it affects both.
Dr. Schwartz uses several methods to correct capsular contracture. In most cases, the implant and capsule can be surgically removed, and a replacement implant can be placed, depending on your preference. This is called a full capsulectomy.
In some cases, a full capsulectomy is not necessary, and only the scar tissue needs to be released to correct the problem. In other cases, a partial capsulectomy, which removes only the anterior scar tissue, or a capsulorrhaphy, where Dr. Schwartz simply scores the scar tissue rather than removing it, may be appropriate. Dr. Schwartz will be able to fully advise you on your options during your initial breast implant revision consultation.
Another method to correct capsular contracture may include converting your implants from a subglandular to a submuscular placement, and replacing smooth implants with textured implants, which have a lower risk of capsular contracture.
Implant Bottoming Out
When an implant pocket is formed too low on the chest, or the breast implant sits too low, this is called bottoming out. Bottoming out can happen when an implant pushes down on the breast tissue, due to lack of structural support in the breast fold, or if the attachments in the breast fold were released too much during the surgery. Also, larger implants have more of a risk of bottoming out, due to their weight.
In cases of bottoming out, Dr. Schwartz may surgically lift the lowered breast implant, perform a breast lift, or replace the original breast implants with smaller, lighter ones.
Each patient’s needs differ, so the best option for you and your treatment will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Schwartz.
Botched implants are always a risk when undergoing a breast augmentation. In cases where surgical error is the cause of implant complications, Dr. Schwartz will evaluate your situation and come up with a breast revision strategy that best fits your individual needs and concerns. Some options might include breast implant removal (excision), fat transfer breast augmentation, or replacing your original implants with ones more suited to your body.
Breast Revision Reviews
"I can't say enough great things about Dr. Schwartz and his team! They truly made my experience an unforgettable one with their professionalism, pride they take in their work and how pleasant they were from beginning to end of my surgery process. Dr. Schwartz was able to fix another surgeons work that I was not too pleased with and I can say with confidence that I truly am very happy with my results now!"- V.L. / Google / May 07, 2017
"Breast Implant Revision - Dr Jaime Schwartz is a kind, caring skilled surgeon..........He truly care about his patients and takes time to explain your procedure with great depth......."- S. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2017
"So happy I saw Dr. Schwartz! - I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Schwartz. After 2 failed breast revisions from other doctors, I am so happy to close this chapter of my life!! Dr. Schwartz was very thorough in explaining what I was to expect to happen during the surgery, and what to expect afterwards. We were on the same page about the breast sizing I would have post op. It was very pleasant speaking with him and I was..."- H. / RealSelf / May 29, 2017
"Why did I not find this place BEFORE I had implants.Dr. Jamie Schwartz is just amazing. What he did with what little he had to work with is just amazing.Short story: 4th breast surgery, terrible stretched skin, Dr. Jamie Schwartz removed my implants, did a lift and made them better than when I was 17.Long story: At 20, in 1980 (the stone age of plastic surgery in a hospital in rural Long Island), I had a breast reduction mastopexy. After having a baby in 1999, the boobs just did not hold up so I went to everyone in Orange County and out by where I lived in Corona. In 2002 found a Doctor who did an over the muscle silicone implant, which only stretched my skin more. In 2006, I started having pain after my mammogram and went to everyone I could find since I now lived near Beverly Hills and there were so many Plastic Surgeons to choose from I even went to one of the surgeons who was on the "Extreme Makover" TV series. No one wanted to touch me because they feared losing blood supply to the nipple. I did find someone at a "Modern" Plastic Surgery place in Beverly Hills who removed the ruptured implants and did new under the muscle textured silicone implants. After years of progressive unexplained immune system issues, I decided to lose the implants as I feared they were responsible for my illnesses. I went to the Roxbury Institute based on the reviews I read for Dr. Schwartz. What the reviews did not go into was how exceptional everyone there is. The level of care I received before, during and after the surgery was nothing short of amazing. Dawn Rapazzo, Dr. Schwartz' OR Nurse/Assistant even came to my house to check on me. Wow. She called or texted or both every day, visited me in the Pearl Recovery Center (It was worth it for me) and just went the extra mile every single interaction we had.I have better breasts now than when I was 17. Dr. Schwartz made sure to save the nipple blood supply despite going in after 3 other surgeons have moved things around. And he preserved sensation, which is a bonus. In seeing before and after pictures of implant removal, even the photos of Tawny Kitaen, I had very low expectations. Dr. Schwartz did a magnificent job. Just amazing. I wish I never had implants, but from the look of things now, you can't tell I ever did."- Y.R. / Yelp / Nov 03, 2017
"I have been waiting to write this review until after surgery with Dr Schwartz because although the doctor truly has the best bedside manner of any doctor I have met and showed me so much kindness in our consultations I wanted to make sure more importantly that his work matched up to his word. Im am only a couple weeks post and I am already stunned how beautiful his work it. He is a true artist and exceeded my expectations. He really went above and beyond. I had met with 11 plastic surgeons in the last year to correct a problem another doctor failed to do correctly. I have met with every "a list celebrity" doctor and done hours and hours of research. Someone on set mentioned Dr Schwartz a couple months ago and after looking at his work online And reading reviews I decided to meet with him. I was so impressed how long he spent with me and how he went over every little detail. He cared more about finding out exactly what I wanted and if it was possible to create it. He was honest and had integrity which is so rare. I told him about another surgery I had been wanting which would have made him a lot of money and he told me he truly didn't think I needed it. That right there speaks volumes about his character. Melissa was also so warm and helped me talked me through the entire process. I met with him 3 times before surgery because I was so paranoid from my previous surgery and each time he calmed my nerves and genuinely cared and made sure we were on the same page. Melissa and his team made me feel like I was in the right hands. As I said I wanted to wait until after surgery to write this review and I am not over exaggerating when I say his work is AMAZING!!! There is no one better!!!! His techniques are unlike anything I have seen. I Am not sure how he doesn't leave scars esp this early but it's pretty incredible. I would trust this guy with anything and would send all of my family and friends to him. I now know why he has the reputation of doing so many celebrities because his work is natural and beautiful. I could not be happier. Thank you Melissa Danielle & Dawn. They checked up on me so much after surgery everyday to make sure I was okay. I am very lucky to have found Dr Schwartz and his team."- K.M. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2016
During your initial consultation with Dr. Schwartz, he will go over your goals and carefully explain his assessment of the problem(s) and discuss with you his recommendations for correction. Your particular breast revision procedure will be customized to meet your precise needs, and during your consultation, Dr. Schwartz will review the specifics of your breast revision procedure.
Since the reasons for breast surgery revision are so varied and individual, the procedure will vary as well. In all cases, we will carefully review the specifics regarding your surgical options for revision and ensure that you understand what your particular procedure will involve.
Breast surgery revisions can be significantly more complicated than the original procedure, so please bring all previous operative reports with you to the consultation, and any necessary medical records, if possible. If you need help obtaining these records, our staff will gladly assist you.
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- Average Cost
- $8,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Days
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