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Multitudes of women today are having breast revision surgery for different reasons including time has influenced their perception of beauty and balance, their original surgery did not meet their expectations but they just lived with it, old implants need to be replaced with today’s softer, more natural ones, pregnancy has caused weight and shape changes, new lifestyles now require change.

Breast revision surgery is common because of change and often because earlier in life the woman and her surgeon’s perception of “balance” were not the same.

How Women Benefit from Surgery

Breast implant revision surgery can achieve the following:

  • Revision surgery can soften breasts hardened by scar tissue
  • Old or deflated implants can be replaced with new soft, natural ones
  • Revision surgery can reduce the visibility of old implants
  • Repositioning breasts reduces the ability to feel implants through the skin
  • Replacing old implants creates a natural look and a softer feel
  • Breast symmetry can be corrected
  • Corrects breast shape
  • New implants achieve the size, shape, symmetry you want today
  • Today’s implants create a soft, natural balance to match your age, your body, and your lifestyle today

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Who’s a Good Candidate

Do you have one more of the following concerns?

  • Old implants that are now deflated
  • Scarring from a previous breast surgery
  • Extensive asymmetry from previous surgery
  • Capsular contracture (hardened scar tissue)
  • Your size or shape is out of balance with your body
  • Breasts are too wide, low, close, high, or asymmetric
  • Muscle contractions and daily activities cause excessive movement
  • Breasts have changed and you no longer need or want your breast implants

If you answered yes to one or more of these concerns, you could be an ideal candidate for breast implant revision surgery.

Your Surgery Consultation

Dr. Rudderman believes the consultation is critical for you and him. During your consultation, he will listen carefully to your concerns and goals, do a thorough evaluation of your health, activities, general history, and then design a treatment plan that is best suited to you. You will be well educated with all your questions answered. This is done in an embracing, relaxing environment. The consultation evolves a sense of trust, respect, mutual understanding, and a personalized treatment plan.

After your first consultation with Dr. Rudderman, you will realize that there truly is a difference in how surgeons approach their profession. For Dr. Rudderman that difference means understanding your desires and goals while providing a level of service that places safety and comfort alongside predictable & pleasing outcomes.

Contact us at 678.566.7200 to meet with Dr. Rudderman in our Alpharetta office or Midtown Atlanta office.

Real Patient Reviews

I had lived 10 years with implants that made me feel embarrassed. They were too big and too high. I blamed myself for not being more specific and trusting the doctor who did them. Dr. R immediately made me feel comfortable that he understood the problem, could fix it, and answered all my questions as to how. He’s great.
The experience and the outcome exceeded my expectations. I was given the info I needed to feel confident about the procedure and healing. I am very pleased with the new look.
Very friendly and helpful office staff. Ease of getting appointments. Very happy with results. Dr. Rudderman extremely professional, yet friendly and approachable.

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This article was written by Dr. Randy Rudderman, who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1994). He practices medicine at his offices in Alpharetta and Atlanta.
Learn more about Dr. Rudderman, his medical training, and credentials.

Reconstruction Review

  • Breast Implant Revision Surgery
  • Breast Reduction/Breast Lift Revision Surgeries
  • Breast Reconstruction Revision Surgery

Dr. Rudderman is specialized in each of these surgeries. He believes and understands that your desires, expectations and fears need to be satisfactorily addressed before any procedure takes place. He will explain the past, changes that have taken place over time, your current options and will help to you understand it all. All your questions will be answered. Only then can good decisions be made with…safe, predictable results.

Breast Implant Revision Surgery involves correcting problems with asymmetry, modifying implant pockets, replacing old implants with new ones, correcting capsular contracture and more.

Breast Reduction Revision Surgery is often done in tandem with a breast lift to correct an unsatisfactory outcome from previous surgery or to address age and lifestyle related changes. The lift is done by removing excess, stretched skin and repositioning the breast to a higher, more youthful position. This corrects “droopy breasts.”

Many patients have chosen breast reconstruction following a mastectomy (unilateral or bilateral) or a lumpectomy that changed the shape of the breast noticeably. Reconstructive revision surgery can restore a more natural looking breast…and enhanced self esteem.

Breast Revision Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

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Breast revision surgery is performed on patients that have had prior surgery such as augmentation, breast lift, or breast contouring surgery, and where asymmetry, irregularity, scar tissue, discomfort, or malpositioning have occurred. Some changes may be related to surgical issues. Some changes may have occurred over time related to genetics, weight changes, or lifestyle changes or pregnancy.

Some patients have breast asymmetry that occurred during development and has either never been seen as attractive by the patient, or has changed with age and lifestyle, and patients present for evaluation for shape and volume adjustment.

Some patients with implants develop displacement (implant no longer positioned symmetrically on the chest wall), contracture (hard feeling breast from tightening of the capsular lining around the implant), or rupture (deflation or rupture of the implant shell typically with age of the implant relating to fracture (break) in the implant shell), and these patients present for evaluation of replacement, revision, or removal of the implants.

Yes. All cases are supervised a Board Certified medical doctor who has specialized in anesthesiology.

Yes, Dr. Rudderman performs all of his patient’s surgeries. Many surgeons use assistants to suture or to perform part of the operations. Dr. Rudderman performs the entire operation on every patient.

Yes. All of our surgeries are performed in a fully accredited surgical facility using state of the art technologies and a world-class staff with all comfort and safety factors as the hospital surgery suite.

All surgeries involve some discomfort. Dr. Rudderman is highly skilled and uses advanced techniques and refined instruments that minimize discomfort during his surgical procedures. Many patients will take either Tylenol or minimal pain medications for several days.warranty information, and general risks of use.

Breast asymmetry, breast discomfort, and appearance of aging breast are the most common reasons patients consider surgery. Patients that are concerned about breast implant integrity (is the implant leaking or ruptured), patients with hardening of breast after augmentation (capsular contracture), and patients that are concerned regarding general health issues and implants will consider breast revision surgery.

Breast revision operations may include breast lift, breast reshaping, breast implant replacement, breast implant removal, capsulectomy (removal of the implant lining), soft tissue revisions (removal or reshaping of skin and soft tissue), fat grafting (to restore symmetry, treat irregularities or contour issues), and combinations or additional tailored operations depending on your issues, individual condition, and desire for change.

A capsulectomy (surgical removal of the tissue lining around your implant) may be performed if a capsular contracture is present, and if during surgery the capsule is found to be calcified or have irregularities or scar tissue that will interfere with the placement of a new implant. If implants are not replaced and the capsules are not removed, the capsule will persist indefinitely, and may close together, but will not disappear. The capsule, if retained, could be susceptible to fluid collection causing a seroma. The removed capsules are then photographed and sent to pathology for evaluation.

If breast tissue is removed during implant revision surgery, or if a capsulectomy (removal of the capsule lining) is performed, the capsules and tissue are sent to the Northside Hospital Pathology department for microscopic evaluation, and a report is generated for your medical record with findings noted.

You will need to avoid all rigorous, strenuous activities for a few weeks until healing is adequate and Dr. Rudderman tells you it’s ok. We will see you frequently during your healing process to help you return to your normal activity as soon as possible. Exercise can be an important part or recovery, and we follow your recovery closely to help you reach your goals.

Dr. Rudderman’s patients most often return to desk jobs in about 4 days. If drains are placed, they usually can be removed in 1-2 days as well. He will give you an estimated time frame specific to you during your consultation.

Breast revision surgeries are usually considered to be cosmetic procedures, especially if your original surgery was cosmetic in nature. Cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance but your circumstances will be discussed and evaluated based on specific findings during your consultation.

Yes. Financing through Care Credit is available for all the breast procedures Dr. Rudderman performs.

You will need someone to drive you to your surgery, stay there and then drive you home and stay with you overnight after you have had anesthesia. Dr. Rudderman will advise you based on what you have had done and especially if you have small children. Your follow-up visit will usually be within 24 hours, and you will generally need to have someone drive you to this appointment.