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Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, and Removal in Phoenix, Arizona

Is Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Surgery Right for Me?

Over time, some individuals may decide to alter the results of their initial breast augmentation through implant exchange, revision, or removal. These procedures offer solutions for those who wish to change the size, shape, or type of their implants, address any complications, or remove their implants altogether. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Larry C. Leverett of Body By Leverett provides expert care for patients seeking breast implant exchange, revision, and removal, welcoming individuals from Chandler, Ahwatukee, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, and surrounding areas.

What is Breast Implant Exchange?

A breast implant exchange is a revisional surgery where the current breast implants are removed and replaced with new implants. This can be done to change the shape or size of the implants, especially when the patient is unhappy with previous results, or it can be done to replace damaged implants and correct issues such as capsular contracture.

What is Breast Implant Revision?

A breast implant revision is a procedure performed to correct issues with breast implants, primarily capsulectomy or the shifting of the breast implants within the breast pocket. In either of these cases, the breast implants can be temporarily removed to correct the surrounding tissue before replacing the breast implants. Some instances may require a breast implant exchange that replaces the previous breast implants with new ones, but we try to preserve the original breast implant when possible.

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is the process of taking breast implants out of the breasts. This may be performed prior to a breast implant exchange or revision, or it can be performed on its own to return the breasts to their natural state.

When is Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Needed?

Breast implant exchange, revision, or removal may become desired or even necessary under various circumstances, depending on individual experiences, changes over time, and specific aesthetic or health-related concerns. Reasons for these procedures include:

  • Leakage or Deflation: Saline implants may leak or deflate over time, necessitating their exchange. Silicone implants, particularly if they have been in place for many years, may also require removal or replacement due to integrity concerns or patient preference.
  • Change in Breast Proportions: As women age, changes in muscle mass and tissue volume can alter the appearance of the breasts, making the initial implant size or type less suitable. An exchange can address these changes, often combined with a breast lift to manage any excess skin or tissue.
  • Desire for a Different Size or Type: Patients may decide they prefer a different size or type of implant (e.g., switching from saline to silicone) to achieve a more natural feel or alter the breast size.
  • Capsular Contracture: This condition involves the formation of scar tissue around the implant, leading to hardening and potential discomfort. A capsulectomy, where the scar tissue and implant are removed (and possibly replaced), is necessary to correct this issue.
  • Implant Displacement: If implants shift within the breast pocket, possibly due to changes in breast tissue or muscle activity (e.g., from weight lifting), a revision may include breast pocket modification. This procedure reinforces the pocket to maintain optimal implant positioning.
  • Implant Removal: Some women choose to have their implants removed without replacement due to personal preferences, lifestyle changes, or complications. Following removal, a breast lift may be performed to address any resultant sagging.

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Am I A Good Candidate for Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Surgery?

The best candidates for revisional breast implant surgeries are individuals who have previously undergone a breast augmentation and are either unhappy with their results, or are experiencing complications with their breast implants. These patients may be candidates for implant exchange, revision, or removal depending on their goals. Good candidates should be in good general health, free from any medical conditions that could impair healing or increase the risks associated with surgery. It is also important for candidates to be non-smokers, as smoking can significantly slow down the healing process and increase the likelihood of complications.

What Happens During a Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Consultation?

During your consultation for breast implant revision surgery, you’ll meet with Dr. Leverett at Body By Leverett. During this consultation, Dr. Leverett will take the time to understand your aesthetic goals, review your medical history, and conduct a physical examination to determine which breast revision surgery techniques will help you achieve your desired results. The consultation is an opportunity for Dr. Leverett to evaluate if breast implant revision is a good fit for you, and gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about surgery. If you are interested in breast implant exchange, revision, or removal surgery, Dr. Leverett will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your goals, and will then explain what you can expect from the treatment process.

How Much Does Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Cost?

The cost for breast surgery will vary from patient to patient depending on the type of surgery performed, as replacing breast implants will add another variable to the costs involved. In order to determine the cost of your breast implant revision surgery, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leverett of Body By Leverett. After developing your personalized treatment plan, he’ll be able to explain the exact costs associated with your treatment. To help make breast surgery more affordable and accessible to our patients, we offer financing through CareCredit®,PatientFi and Prosper Healthcare Lending. Our office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash and cashier’s checks.

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How Do I Prepare for My Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Consultation?

What Should I Do Before My Breast Implant Revision Consultation?

Preparing for your consultation involves several key steps to ensure that you and Dr. Leverett have a productive meeting:

  • Research: Before your consultation, take some time to learn about breast implant revision surgery. Understanding the basics of the procedure, the different techniques available, and realistic outcomes will help you have a meaningful discussion with Dr. Leverett.
  • Set Your Goals: Reflect on your reasons for seeking breast implant exchange, revision, or removal and what you hope to achieve with the surgery. Having a clear set of goals will enable Dr. Leverett to tailor the consultation and proposed treatment plan to your specific desires.
  • Gather Medical Information: Assemble detailed information about your medical history, including any previous surgeries, current and past medications, allergies, and any significant health issues. This comprehensive overview of your health is vital for assessing your suitability for breast implant revision surgery and planning a safe procedure.

What Should I Bring to My Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Consultation?

Arriving well-prepared for your consultation with Dr. Leverett will facilitate a thorough and efficient discussion about your breast surgery procedure:


  • Medical Records: Bring along any medical documents that provide insight into your health background. These records can help Dr. Leverett understand any potential risks or considerations for your breast implant procedure.
  • List of Medications: Compile a list of all medications you're taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements. This information is crucial for avoiding any complications during and after the surgery.
  • Photos: If you have specific goals or examples of the body shape you're aiming for, bring photos to help communicate your expectations. These visual aids can be incredibly helpful in ensuring you and Dr. Leverett are aligned in your goals.
  • Questions: It's normal to have many questions and concerns. Write them down so you don't forget to address them during your consultation. This list will ensure that all your questions are answered, helping you make an informed decision.

What Should I Wear for My Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Consultation?

For your consultation regarding breast implant exchange, revision, or removal, it's important to choose attire that prioritizes comfort and accessibility. Since Dr. Leverett will need to examine your breasts to assess your current implants and discuss potential surgical options, wearing clothing that is easy to remove and put back on will facilitate this process.

What Happens After My Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Consultation?

After your consultation, you'll be on your way to making an informed decision about your breast implant revision procedure. You’ll have all of your questions answered, a potential treatment plan outlined by Dr. Leverett, and all of the other information you need to decide if you want to move forward with breast implant revision surgery. If you’re ready to book your procedure, our team can help you do that immediately following your consultation. After scheduling your procedure, we can help assist you with planning for surgery and beginning pre-operative preparations.

What Should I Know Before Booking Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Surgery?

Why Choose Dr. Leverett for Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Surgery?

Choosing Dr. Leverett for breast surgery in Phoenix, AZ, means entrusting your care to a board-certified plastic surgeon with a rich background in aesthetic surgery of the breast, body, and face. His affiliations with prestigious organizations like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery underscore his commitment to excellence and ongoing education. Dr. Leverett's patient-centered approach, combined with his specialized expertise and artistry, ensures personalized and gratifying results. He prioritizes patient education and safety, making him an ideal choice for those seeking a transformative and tailored breast implant experience.

Can I Finance the Cost of Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Surgery?

At Body By Leverett, we recognize that the financial aspect of cosmetic surgery can be a significant consideration for our patients considering breast implant revision surgery. To ensure that our patients in Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding areas have the opportunity to pursue their aesthetic goals, we are pleased to offer a variety of financing options designed to make the process more accessible. Our practice offers financing through CareCredit®, PatientFi and Prosper Healthcare Lending, leading providers of medical financing, to offer flexible payment plans that can accommodate any budget. Additionally, we accept all major credit cards, as well as cash and cashier’s checks. Understanding the financial investment in your cosmetic journey is important, and we're here to provide comprehensive information and support. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Leverett, we'll not only explore a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs but also discuss in detail the costs involved and the financing options available to you.

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Where is the Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Procedure Performed?

When undergoing breast implant revision surgery at Body By Leverett, your surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art surgical facility located in Phoenix, AZ. Our facility is designed to prioritize your safety and comfort throughout your breast implant procedure. We are dedicated to incorporating the latest advancements in medical equipment and surgical technology to ensure the highest standards of care. Our operating rooms undergo regular inspections to meet and exceed the most stringent medical guidelines and regulations. Furthermore, our compassionate and skilled team of healthcare professionals is here to support you from your initial consultation through to your recovery.

What Happens During Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, and Removal Surgery?

All of our breast implant exchange, revision, and removal surgeries are typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia to ensure the patient's comfort throughout the procedure. They will take a few hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the procedure. In many cases, Dr. Leverett is able to use the same incisions for these surgeries as the ones that were used for your initial breast augmentation surgery, helping to minimize additional scarring. There are further variations to the procedure depending on the type of surgery you are receiving:

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This may involve adjusting the position of the implants, correcting any asymmetry, dealing with complications such as capsular contracture (scar tissue around the implant), or changing the implant size. The specific techniques involved will depend on the concern being addressed.

  • Capsulectomy: This technique involves the complete removal of the scar tissue capsule that has formed around the breast implant. It's often recommended for more severe cases of capsular contracture, where the capsule is thick and tight, causing discomfort or distorting the shape of the breast. The implant is removed, the entire capsule is surgically excised, and often a new implant is placed.
  • Capsulotomy: A less invasive option than capsulectomy, capsulotomy involves making incisions into the scar tissue capsule to release tension and expand the pocket. This can relieve pressure and improve the appearance of the breast. It may be chosen for milder cases of capsular contracture.
  • Pocket Adjustment: If implants have shifted from their original position (e.g., too high, too low, or to the sides), Dr. Leverett may modify the implant pocket. This can involve tightening the pocket by suturing its capsule to prevent downward or lateral movement, or enlarging the pocket if the implant needs to be repositioned upwards or centrally.
  • Internal Suturing: Symmastia occurs when implants migrate towards the center of the chest, creating the appearance of a single large breast. Correction involves the use of internal sutures to reinforce the tissue between the breasts, re-establishing the natural separation. This may also include adjusting the implant pockets to ensure they are properly positioned on each side of the chest.

Breast Implant Removal

The implants are removed, and if necessary, a capsulectomy (removal of scar tissue) is performed. This restores the breasts to their original volume and size. If some stretching of the tissue has occurred due to the presence of breast implants, some patients may be interested in combining their breast implant removal with a breast lift. This tightens and reshapes the natural breast tissue, eliminating any sagging that may occur after implant removal.

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The old implants are carefully removed, and new implants are inserted. This may require additional incisions depending on the type, size, and placement of the new implants. All of these variables will be discussed and decided upon during your consultation process so you know exactly what to expect going into your surgery.

What is Recovery Like Following Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, and Removal?

Upon waking from anesthesia, patients might experience grogginess and discomfort. It's normal to have swelling, bruising, and soreness around the treated areas. Dr. Leverett's team provides comprehensive post-operative instructions and pain management solutions to ensure a comfortable start to the recovery journey. Patients typically spend a short period in a recovery room under observation before being cleared to go home, usually on the same day. The initial days after breast implant revision are crucial for rest and recovery. Swelling and bruising will gradually decrease over the first few weeks. We may recommend wearing a surgical bra to facilitate the healing process. Many patients begin to return to light, daily activities within a week, though strenuous activities should be avoided for a period recommended by Dr. Leverett, usually at least 4 to 6 weeks. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor progress and ensure healing is on track.

What Should I Know After Booking Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, and Removal Surgery?

How Should I Prepare for Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Surgery?

While most of the preparation for your breast implant revision surgery is completed during the consultation process, there are still a few things you can do to prepare for the day of your surgery. For starters, it’s essential to quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption for 4-6 weeks before surgery, as they can impair healing and increase the risk of complications. You may also need to adjust your medications as recommended by Dr. Leverett, as some supplements and medications can increase the risk of bleeding. Finally, we recommend adopting a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water in the weeks leading up to your surgery. This will ensure that your body is well-equipped for a speedy recovery!

How Should I Prepare for Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, or Removal Recovery?

Almost as important as preparing for the day of your surgery is preparing for your breast implant revision recovery process. You should take the following considerations when preparing for your breast surgery recovery, so that you can focus on resting and healing after completing your surgery:

  • Recovery Space: Set up a comfortable recovery area with pillows, blankets, and easy access to entertainment like books, magazines, or a television.
  • Medications: Have all prescribed medications filled prior to your surgery date. Include pain relief, antibiotics, and any other medications recommended by Dr. Leverett.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Prepare loose, comfortable clothing that can be easily put on and taken off without straining incisions.
  • Assistance: Arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after surgery and help with daily tasks for at least the first few days.
  • Work and Responsibilities: Plan for adequate time off work and away from responsibilities to allow for a stress-free recovery.

Additionally, you may want to refer to our post-op recommendations, where we have outlined a list of products that we recommend for your post-operative care. Dr. Leverett may provide specific product recommendations from this list to you.

What Do Breasts Look Like After Implant Removal?

The appearance of breasts after implant removal depends on several factors, including the size of the implants removed, the duration they were in place, the quality of the natural breast tissue, and whether a breast lift was performed concurrently. Initially, breasts may appear deflated and saggy, especially if the implants were large or if natural breast tissue has atrophied. Over time, some natural fullness may return as the skin retracts and the tissue settles. A breast lift can significantly improve the breast shape by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple and areola.

What Results Can I Expect from Breast Implant Exchange and Revision?

The expected results from breast implant exchange and revision surgeries are highly individualized and depend on the goals of the procedure, but typically include:

  • Improved Comfort and Symmetry
  • Enhanced Size and Shape
  • Renewed Confidence

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, and Removal Surgery?

The recovery period for breast implant exchange, revision, and removal varies depending on the complexity of the surgery and individual patient factors. Immediately after surgery, patients can expect swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It's common to feel tired for several days, and it’s important to rest during this time and follow all restrictions on physical activities. After the first week, many patients begin to feel better and can engage in light daily activities. It's important to follow Dr. Leverett’s instructions regarding care for incisions, wearing compression garments if prescribed, and attending follow-up appointments. Swelling and bruising will continue to decrease in the following weeks, with most patients returning to work and some normal activities within 2-4 weeks, depending on the nature of their job and the extent of the surgery. Strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise should still be avoided until cleared by the surgeon. Final results gradually become visible as the breasts settle into their new shape. For implant exchange and revision, this is when the enhanced contour, size, or symmetry can be fully appreciated. After implant removal, the natural breast tissue will also adjust, and any additional procedures like a breast lift will contribute to the final appearance.

What Not to Do After Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, and Removal Surgery?

Recovering from breast implant exchange, revision, and removal surgeries requires giving your body ample time to heal effectively. Dr. Leverett and his team at Body By Leverett will offer detailed post-operative instructions specific to your procedure and individual needs. To ensure a smooth and successful recovery, there are certain activities you should avoid during the healing process:

  • Strenuous Exercise: High-intensity workouts, weight lifting, and aerobic exercises that elevate heart rate significantly should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks post-surgery or until Dr. Leverett advises it’s safe. These activities can increase swelling and risk of bleeding.
  • Swimming and Bathing: Submerging the body in water, such as swimming pools, hot tubs, or baths, is not recommended until incisions are fully healed to prevent infection risk. Showers are usually permitted after the initial post-operative period as directed by your surgeon.
  • Sun Exposure: Direct sunlight on the healing incisions should be avoided as it can lead to darker scarring. If you need to be outdoors, cover the treated areas and use a high-SPF sunscreen as recommended by your surgeon.
  • Heavy Lifting: Lifting objects heavier than 5-10 pounds can strain your incisions and affect the healing process. Avoid heavy lifting until you have fully recovered or have been cleared by Dr. Leverett.
  • Smoking and Drinking Alcohol: Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin, impairing healing and increasing the risk of complications. Alcohol can interfere with medications and prolong swelling. Both should be avoided during the recovery period.

How Long Does Breast Implant Exchange, Revision, and Removal Surgery Last?

After breast implant removal, patients can expect permanent changes to the breasts that restores them to their original size and shape, excluding any changes that may have occurred in the breasts due to the presence of breast implants. Breast implant revision and exchange procedures are designed to produce long-lasting results, giving patients improved breast shape, size, and symmetry that will last for many years to come

Are you experiencing issues with your breast implants or considering making a change to your breast augmentation? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry C. Leverett of Body By Leverett offers expert services in breast implant exchange, revision, and removal to help you achieve your desired breast appearance and comfort. For residents in the Greater Phoenix area, including Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert, we're your trusted partner in cosmetic breast surgery. Contact us today to learn more or get started with a consultation.