How Long to Wait for Breast Augmentation Revision?

I am 3 months post-surgery and my right breast has bottomed out. How long do I need to wait to fix it, and what are the risks involved?

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Bottom Out Breast Augmentation

 Using a bra with padding underneath or sometimes an underwire breast during the waiting period may be helpful and should be discussed during the waiting period which many surgeon like to wait 6-12 months following surgery

"Bottomed Out" is the term given to implant displacement, where the implant drops down below the existing inframammary fold (natural crease beneath your breast). This may occur when the fold has been released excessively during surgery or may be due to factors of the patient’s collagen and tissue integrity. The implants end up sitting very low on the chest and there is lack of internal support for the implant itself.
Correction usually involves restoring the crease beneath your breast to its normal position. This involves internal reconstruction including the capsule around your implant (capsulorrhaphy). Sometimes a biologic fabric (Acellular Dermal Matrix) can be used to attach to the breast tissue internally and support the implant.
This corrects the placement of the implant, redefines the breast shape, and refines the internal fold.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Revision Breast Augmentation

You should wait until your body fully heals from the previous surgery. This usually takes about a year or so. The risks are the same as with your first surgery, however it can be more difficult to achieve the aesthetic improvement you want. Because surgery can be traumatic to the body, the decision to undergo any procedure should be taken seriously.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Timing for breast implant revision

It is best to wait at least six months following your breast surgery to consider a revision.  That will allow for most swelling to resolve and the skin to stretch.  It will lead to a higher likelihood of success than if you were to rush back to the operating room in the early postop period.  Good luck.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Revision Timing

Although there is no scientific study regarding this situation, I like to wait 9-12 months before performing this type of revisionary breast surgery.  This time frame will allow for both implants to “settle” as much as they are going to (so that we see the final results) and it also allows for capsule formation that will be helpful in capsulorrhaphy (internal repair).  Make sure you have confidence in your surgeon and see many before and after photos of patients with the same problem.  Experience is key for revisionary breast surgery.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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How Long to Wait for Breast Augmentation Revision?

What did your surgeon state in regards to revision? Standard time frame is 3 to 6 months. But you could not or did not post a photo or give enough medical information to advise accurately. See your chosen surgeon. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Bottoming out implants

Dear memphis8199,

It is discouraging to hear about your result.  I usually wait 3-4 months post op to revise issues that you are describing.  Problems related to your revision include but are not limited to recurrence of bottoming out, bleeding, infection, pain, injury to your implant, asymmetry, anesthetic risks and goals only partially met.  Keep in communication with your PS.  Remember you are both on the same team with the same goal.  Good luck

Craig Harrison, MD, PA
Tyler Plastic Surgeon
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Bottoming out

If you are three months post breast augmentation and you are bottoming out already, then you may very well need a revision.   I usually have patients wait 4-6 months before performing revision surgery.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Revision Timing

How Long to Wait for Breast Augmentation Revision?
I am 3 months post-surgery and my right breast has bottomed out. How long do I need to wait to fix it, and what are the risks involved?

It should be sufficient enough to have your revision.  The problem with doing it too early is that the capsule may be super thin and trying to suture things up to support the implant may be a problem.  With the use of Strattice, the results have become more permanent.  But there are still risks involved and they are pretty much the same as your first surgery.

Make sure you see a board certified plastic surgeon that has experience with breast revision surgery.  You really dont want to keep having surgery on your breast. 

Good luck.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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You can have revision now

The position of the implant will not improve with time and waiting may make the revision harder. Please discuss this with your plastic surgeon.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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When to consider breast implant revision

For matters such as size issues, we feel it best if you wait six to twelve months to be certain that you are indeed unhappy with the result. If the implant is low and out of position it is reasonable to address the problem sooner as it is very unlikely to improve on its own. The risks of revision are the same as the breast augmentation the first time around, small but risks never the less. In the short term you can try an under wire to support the lower fold.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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