Top 3 Personal Reasons Women Have Breast Revision Surgery

Breast revision surgery is a procedure sought by many women for various reasons. While health issues such as implant complications may necessitate corrective surgery, personal motives also play a role in the decision to undergo breast revision. This blog will address the top three personal reasons women consider breast revision surgery, including dissatisfaction with the cosmetic outcome of previous surgery, changes in personal lifestyle or aesthetic preferences, and the desire to restore a more natural appearance due to aging or body changes.

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1. Changing the Size or Shape of Breast Implants

One of the primary personal reasons women seek breast revision surgery is dissatisfaction with their previous breast augmentation results, usually related to the size or shape of the implants. This desire can occur immediately after recovery, when final results become apparent, or after living with their implants for years. 

Increasing the Size of Breast Implants

The most common personal reason women choose revision surgery is to increase the size of their implants and achieve more dramatic results. 

Decreasing the Size of Breast Implants

While many women feel their initial implants were too conservative and wish to increase their implant size for a more dramatic effect, others have opted for larger implants but then later wish they’d chosen a smaller size.

Issues With Symmetry

Restoring breast symmetry is another reason to address the size or shape of implants. Over time, implants may shift, causing asymmetry or an unnatural appearance, leading to dissatisfaction and prompting women to seek revision surgery to correct these issues and achieve a more balanced and harmonious look.

2. Changes in Body Image and Preferred Breast Appearance

Aesthetic standards and personal tastes evolve over time. What was considered desirable in terms of breast size and shape a decade ago might not align with current trends or personal aesthetic goals. Women who originally opted for a specific look may find that their preferences have changed, prompting them to seek revision surgery to update their appearance.

Desire for a More Natural Look

With changing perceptions of beauty, there has been a growing trend towards a more natural aesthetic. Many women who were once happy with large implants and pronounced cleavage may have switched to prefer a subtler, more natural look. Revision surgery allows them to downsize their implants or switch to newer implant types that offer a more natural feel and appearance.

Changes in Lifestyle or Career 

Another reason women consider breast revision surgery is a change in their body or self-image. Life events and personal growth can significantly influence how a woman perceives her body and aesthetic choices.

Certain professions may influence a woman’s decision to undergo breast revision surgery. For example, athletes or those in the fitness industry might prefer smaller implants or removal to better align with their active lifestyle and comfort during physical activity. 

Some women climbing the corporate ladder may feel large breasts cause unwanted attention or distraction, while those in the entertainment or fashion industry might seek to enhance or change their appearance to better fit their career demands.

3. Aging, Weight Loss, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding

Aging, substantial weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can alter the distribution of breast tissue, affecting the overall look and feel of implants. Women who experience these changes may seek revision surgery with or without a breast lift to enhance the size, shape, and position of their implants.

Pregnancy and Weight Loss

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss cause significant changes to a woman’s body, including her breasts and the appearance of implants. If the implants are old, she may choose to replace them or have them removed and undergo a breast lift to restore a perky bustline. 

A Mommy Makeover combines cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring with liposuction or abdominoplasty.

Aging and Breast Implants

As the body ages, skin loses elasticity, which can affect the appearance of breast implants. Gravity, combined with the natural aging process, can cause breasts to sag or change shape. 

Older implants should be replaced during a revision if enhancement is still desired, or implant removal and a simple breast lift can restore a more natural, youthful look.

Key Breast Revision Considerations to Remember

Choosing to undergo breast revision surgery is a deeply personal and multifaceted decision. While health-related issues often drive the need for corrective surgery, many women pursue revision for personal reasons such as dissatisfaction with aesthetic outcomes, changes in lifestyle or personal preferences, and the desire to restore a natural appearance due to aging or body changes. These motivations highlight the importance of individual choice and the evolving nature of personal aesthetics.

Beyond physical or cosmetic reasons, psychological and emotional factors often play a role in the decision to undergo breast revision surgery. Women may seek revision to improve their self-esteem, body image, and confidence. 

Feeling comfortable and confident in one’s appearance can significantly impact mental and emotional well-being, driving many to pursue revision surgery to align their physical appearance with their inner self-perception.

Breast Implant Removal and Replacement in San Francisco, CA

Scheduling a consultation to discuss your concerns, desired results, and options with a qualified plastic surgeon is essential and helps ensure that your revision surgery will meet your current needs and desires. 

Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Miguel Delgado, provides cosmetic breast surgery, including breast implant removal and replacement, in San Francisco, California, and can be reached by calling our Novato office, please call 415.898.4161

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Dr. Miguel Delgado


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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