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By: Dr. Glenn Lyle


Breast augmentation is typically among the most popular procedures in plastic surgery. With the ability to increase the size and fullness of the breasts, it’s no wonder why almost 300,000 women underwent breast augmentation last year. While this procedure consistently produces satisfying results that are long-lasting, revision surgeries are sometimes needed.

A breast revision is a secondary surgery that involves replacing the old implants with newer implants. Although there are several reasons why a revision surgery may be performed, the most common include:


Implants are intended to endure many years, but normal “wear and tear” over the years can result in implant leaks and ruptures. When this condition occurs, revision surgery is the only way to restore a normal appearance to the breasts.


When implants are inserted in the breasts during an augmentation, scar tissue forms around them. Even though this is the body’s natural response to surgery, in rare instances, the scar tissue will harden and shrink. Known as capsular contracture, this condition is classified into four stages (Baker Grading System) depending on the severity:

  • Baker Grade I – The breast is soft and appears normal in shape

  • Baker Grade II – The breast is firm but appears normal in shape

  • Baker Grade III – The breast is firm and appears a little distorted in shape

  • Baker Grade IV – The breast is hard and is appears quite distorted in shape

It is highly recommended that women undergo a breast revision to avoid complications from worsening.


Double bubble deformity occurs when the implants fall beneath the bottom folds of the breasts, giving off a permanently distorted appearance. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, such as:

  • Submuscular placement (implants placed underneath the pectoral muscles)

  • Poor implant position

  • Constricted breast creases

When double bubble deformity occurs, a breast lift may be recommended in conjunction with a breast revision in order to achieve the best possible outcome.


Believe it or not, the most common reason that women decide to undergo breast revision is due to the desire to change the size of their current implants. To ensure that the best implant size is chosen for your body type, it is important to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Glenn Lyle regularly performs all types of breast enhancement procedures and is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). His extensive experience in breast revision allows him to effectively help his patients restore an attractive appearance to their breasts.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.