Breast Revision in Scottsdale

A breast revision, breast augmentation revision, or breast implant exchange is a procedure for women who have already had silicone or saline breast implants and need them replaced or removed. Breast revision surgery is an option for women who are unhappy with the appearance of breast implants, either in shape, size, or positioning. Also, in cases of defects to the implant or breast, such as capsular contraction or implant deflation, a breast implant revision is needed. Dr. Ashley Howarth is a plastic surgeon in Scottsdale who specializes in breast revision and breast implant exchange surgeries.

What is a revision breast augmentation?

Revision breast augmentation is the surgical improvement of women’s breasts that have already had silicone or saline breast implants by exchanging the breast implants. A woman may become unsatisfied with her breast implants due to shape, size, position, and wish to enhance her breasts with the latest breast implants and improved surgical techniques.

Dr. Ashley Howarth is one of Arizona’s top female plastic surgeons and is known for her beautiful breast revision results. Among the reasons why patients have their breast implants exchanged are:

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Why select Dr. Howarth for your Breast Revision in Scottsdale?

Dr. Ashley Howarth has established herself as one of Scottsdale’s top plastic surgeons for breast augmentation revisions and breast implant exchanges. Having trained at the Mayo Clinic, she has a background in revising challenging cases to achieve aesthetic results that meet her patient’s desired goals.

As one of Arizona’s leading female plastic surgeons, Dr. Howarth is known for her compassionate care, obsession with detail, and surgical expertise. She understands the challenges women can face with their breasts and body, and how the appearance of a woman’s breasts impact her self-image and self-confidence.

Types of Breast Revision Surgery

Breast Implant Exchange

A woman may exchange her breast implants to increase or decrease the size of their breasts by exchanging their implant for a larger or smaller size. As newer implants offer an improved variety of shapes, a patient may exchange from a round implant to an anatomic or tear-dropped shaped implant. A breast implant exchange is also an opportunity to switch from a saline-filled implant to a silicone or gummy-bear style implant. Women will find similarities as well as advancements in the types of breast implants since choosing their initial augmentation surgery.

Breast Implant Exchange and Lift

Breasts and bodies change with time, weight changes, pregnancy and nursing, and gravity. Breasts that once had an ideal aesthetic appearance may need to be exchanged years later. In cases where breasts now appear saggier, a condition called breast ptosis, a breast lift may be considered to reposition the breast. A breast implant exchange and a breast lift are often performed together in a breast revision surgery, especially in cases where a breast implant exchange alone will not provide the patient their best aesthetic result.

Breast Implant Removal and Auto-augmentation

Sometimes a woman may desire to remove her breast silicone or saline breast implants and not replace them. In these cases, a woman may be a candidate for an auto-augmentation with fat grafting. In this type of breast revision surgery, the implant is removed, and fatty tissue is harvested via liposuction from other areas of the body. The fat is then surgically moved or transferred to the breasts and reshaped for the most ideal result possible without replacing an implant.

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What is the process for your breast revision consultation in Scottsdale?

The breast revision process begins with a consultation with Dr. Howarth at her office in Paradise Valley. You may request an appointment online or call 480.535.5021. At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will listen to your concerns about your current breast implants, review your medical history, examine your breasts, and discuss your goals for your breast revision surgery.

How much does breast revision cost in Scottsdale?

At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will create a personalized surgical plan for your breast revision and answer any questions you have about exchanging your breast implants. Since each breast implant revision is different, each surgical plan varies. A fee estimate is provided by our financial coordinator. Without a consultation appointment, we do not provide estimates for how much it costs to exchange your breast implants with revision surgery.

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Am I a candidate for a breast revision?

The consultation process with Dr. Howarth is your opportunity to learn if you are a good candidate for a breast revision. Candidates should be in good overall health and at a stable weight.

Patients may be candidates for breast revision for any of the following reasons: defective or ruptured implants; cosmetic concerns of the shape, size, or placement of their implants; capsular contracture, rippling, or any other implant defect; or age, pregnancy, or weight changes.

Candidates for breast revision may choose to remove their saline or silicone implants to exchange for new implants of the same, smaller, or bigger size. Candidates for breast revision may choose a different shape of implant and also may reposition their breasts with a breast lift procedure.

What should I expect during my breast revision surgery?

Your breast implant revision is generally a single-day outpatient procedure that will take place under general anesthesia. Dr. Howarth will perform your surgery a the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center, which is conveniently located adjacent to her office. The surgery center also has an on-site recovery suite in the event of a longer surgery necessitating an overnight stay.

The extent of the procedure depends on the surgical plan that was developed at your consultation and if other procedures like a breast lift are planned. Dr. Howarth minimizes and camouflages her incisions to minimize potential for scarring.


What is recovery like after my breast implants are exchanged?

Recovery from breast revision surgery and breast implant exchange takes several weeks, with most initial pain and soreness subsiding after several days. Pain, soreness, and swelling may be similar to what you experienced at your initial implant placement.

Dr. Howarth will provide a pain management protocol to minimize and control your pain in the days following your procedure. Additionally, Dr. Howarth will provide a scar management protocol to minimize scarring, which when followed closely can be very effective.

During the recovery period, a patient should wear a sports bra to manage swelling. Heavy exercise and lifting should be avoided for 4-6 weeks following revision surgery.

Traveling to Scottsdale

For Our Out of Town Patients

Considering traveling to Scottsdale for your plastic surgery? Many of our out of town patients have found the process very easy.  Located just twenty minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX), our office in Paradise Valley is a perfect location for destination plastic surgery.  We have partnered with local resorts to create the perfect surgical getaway.  Come visit Dr. Howarth and her team in Scottsdale where the sun shines over three hundred days a year!  To start the process, please request a consultation and let us know you will be traveling from out of state.

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