Women choose breast enhancement for many reasons, including cosmetic improvement or to restore their confidence after pregnancy. While this procedure offers many benefits and a high satisfaction rate, not every procedure comes with long-lasting and positive results.

A woman may consider having her breast surgery revised for several reasons. Common reasons for breast revision surgery include:

  • Changing the size, placement type or projection of the breast implant
  • To make the breasts appear more symmetrical
  • To change the appearance or feel of the breasts
  • To change the location or visibility of scars
  • To fix implants that did not slide into their proper location
  • To correct complications of a prior procedure

Regardless of the reason you are considering a revision breast procedure, Dr. Shapiro can help you achieve the results you want.

Your Consultation

The first step toward your procedure is a thorough consultation with Dr. Shapiro. It is a good idea to bring in any photos that you like and represent your desired results.

During your consultation, Dr. Shapiro will determine your skin quality, the locations of scars and scar tissue, and whether the implants were placed below or above the pectoral muscle to determine what your breast revision in procedure will require.


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Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery

Your secondary procedure may be similar to the first enhancement, depending on the revision and results you are looking for. If the implant type, size or projection will be changed, Dr. Shapiro will make a small incision on top of the old scar to remove the implant. A larger incision will be required to change from a saline to silicone implant, which are pre-filled. If the size of the saline implant will be changed, this may be done by simply adding or subtracting the saline solution through a small incision.

In some cases, a breast revision procedure just involves changing the breast implant pocket in the tissue. In this case, Dr. Shapiro will modify the pocket to provide better support for the implant for a more even bustline.

If a breast lift has not performed well, Dr. Shapiro will modify the shape and projection of the breast by revising the original procedure. Breast scars can also be corrected for greater confidence.

Recovery from Breast Revision Surgery

Recovery from a breast revision surgery in Phoenix is generally very similar to the recovery from your original procedure. Depending on what was revised, the recovery process will most likely be even easier.

Immediately after your procedure, you will have discomfort similar to the first surgery. You should be walking on the day of surgery, but it will take a few days to resume normal activities. The extent of your discomfort will depend on the size and placement of the implants, but stiffness and swelling is common.

Dr. Shapiro may have you wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and fluid build-up, which could cause complications. A breast lift along with implant removal will lengthen the recovery process. If implants are completely removed and that is all that is performed, you will likely have a short recovery with minimal discomfort.

Avoid strenuous activity for the first two weeks. For the first week, sleep with your head and back elevated to reduce swelling. Any drains or stitches will be removed at your follow-up appointment about one week after the surgery.

Most residual swelling resolves on its own within a month, and the implants will “settle” into their final position. At this point, you will see the final results of your procedure.

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The cost of your procedure will depend on the extent of the surgery and what is performed, such as revision of the internal implant pocket, external scar revision, or replacement of new implants. Dr. Shapiro will discuss your options during your consultation and break down the cost of your procedure.

Are You a Candidate?

Good candidates for breast revision in Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ are in good physical and and a non-smoker. If you want to increase or decrease the size, shape or projection of your implants, correct breast asymmetry, address complications of a prior surgery like capsular contracture or you are unhappy with the results of a previous augmentation surgery, you may be a good candidate. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shapiro to discuss your goals and determine if this procedure is a good choice for you.

Meet Dr. Daniel Shapiro

A world-class plastic surgeon in a league of his own.

Dr. Shapiro is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon with nearly three decades of experience in his field. With impressive technical skill and a talent for creating natural-looking results, his practice has become a leading destination for discerning patients throughout the country.

Known for his compassion and honesty, Dr. Shapiro strives to educate his patients so that they are empowered about their care. He carefully explains the procedures, expected results, and techniques in a way that anyone can understand. Additionally, he personally guides his clients every step of the way – from the initial consultation to their post-operative care – to ensure an enjoyable experience and the best possible results.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the reopening of my practice for both surgical and non-surgical services on May 1, 2020. As per the governor Ducey's executive order on April 22, 2020, elective surgery has been allowed to proceed, with appropriate precautions taken by health care professionals to ensure continued vigilance against the spread of Covid-19.

Our office staff and the staff of Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center and Surgical Recovery Center have proactively taken necessary precautions to meet strict criterion for health providers according to the state of Arizona. These include necessary patient screening for Covid-19, strict protocols for cleaning offices and treatment rooms, adequate PPE, and continued social distancing. As before, waiting areas will have minimal capacity, and friends and family members should not accompany one into offices or treatment areas.

With great anticipation we welcome you back to the practice, and wish you all continued health and safety.

Sincerely, Daniel Shapiro MD, FACS

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