What to Know Before “Downsizing” Your Implants

Downsizing Breast Implants

One reason that some women wish to get a breast augmentation revision is to downsize their implants. A patient may desire a smaller implant if their goals have changed or if they aren’t happy with their existing implants. In this post, Dr. Joshua Greenwald of Greenwald Plastic Surgery discusses what you should know before downsizing your breast implants.

Reasons for Breast Augmentation Revision

You may be interested in receiving a breast augmentation revision for any of the following reasons:

  • You aren’t happy with your current implant size
  • You aren’t happy with the placement of your implants
  • Your implants have ruptured or deflated
  • There were complications from your initial implant procedure that must be corrected
  • The appearance of your breasts has changed over time due to breastfeeding or aging

If you aren’t happy with how your breasts look or feel, it’s generally recommended that you wait at least six months after your initial procedure before getting a revision surgery. It takes time to heal and become mentally adjusted to the size and shape of your new breasts, and post-operation swelling will temporarily make your breasts look bigger than they really are. You don’t want to undergo another procedure until you’re certain that you aren’t satisfied with your current results.

Types of Breast Augmentation Revision

You’ll have many options when getting a breast augmentation revision. If you have older implants, you’ll also be able to consider some newer implants that weren’t available during your initial procedure.

You can choose from a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials used in your implants. In some cases, you may also want to consider getting a breast lift along with your implant revision. If you get smaller implants, the breast lift may allow you to avoid having excessive loose skin and tissues.

Breast implant replacement procedures are more complicated than an initial breast augmentation. You should choose a plastic surgeon who has experience handling breast augmentation revision procedures because they are quite different from an initial procedure.

You also need to realize that each breast revision procedure is unique. You’ll have a hard time estimating your cost, surgery time or recovery period until you consult with a plastic surgeon and thoroughly discuss your situation.

Contact Greenwald Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for breast revision surgery. Contact one of our New York plastic surgery offices to set up your appointment.

Dr. Joshua Greenwald is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who studied and trained at prestigious educational institutions including Columbia University, Emory University, and New York University School of Medicine. His keen aesthetic eye and refined surgical techniques have led him to be a top choice for cosmetic face, breast, and body procedures in NYC. His exceptional patient care has earned him the distinction of “Top Doc” by both Westchester Magazine and Castle & Connolly for over 10 years running. Dr. Greenwald is an active member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Medical Association, and the Westchester County Medical Society.