Does a Revision Breast Surgery Require a Lift?

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There are many reasons why women opt to get breast implants--whether to simply get larger breasts, balance the size between both breasts or to replace them post-mastectomy. In each circumstance, there's a good chance that the implants will require revision surgery later on. But while there are many components that go into a breast revision surgery, does it always require a breast lift?

“Oftentimes the greatest need for a breast revision is malposition of the implants, not really droopiness of the breasts,” says Miami plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein, MD. Though he says about a third of all patients seeking a breast revision surgery can benefit from a breast lift.

It’s also important to factor in the patient’s expectations when deciding whether to get a lift or not, says Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Leslie H. Stevens, MD. “Not everybody needs to have a lift after removing implants. If patients really don’t want a lift and want to avoid it, you could remove the implants and see what happens over the course of the next 3 months, it can sometimes shrink and lift itself to some degree.” 

The best way to decide whether a lift is right for you, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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