Breast Implant Complications

Some women may not feel satisfied with the look of their breast implants right away after breast augmentation , while others may discover changes that occur over time due to aging or other factors end up negatively affecting their enhancement results. Breast revision surgery can help improve a number of potential breast implant complications, including the development of capsular contracture, breast asymmetry or a shift in position.

Breast Implant Complications

Dr. Michael Halls is a board certified plastic surgeon who is well-known throughout the San Diego area as a breast revision specialist and leader in breast surgery. With over 25 years in active practice, Dr. Halls offers the most innovative techniques in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery procedures for women who wish to enhance their appearance.

Please contact us online or call La Jolla Breast Institute today at (858) 458-0100 to schedule your breast implant revision consultation.

Why Choose Dr. Halls

Dr. Halls founded La Jolla Breast Institute to create a welcoming, supportive environment where women considering breast surgery could receive the utmost in patient care and knowledgeable guidance from consultation through recovery.

After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Dr. Halls went on to further his training and education with seven more years of plastic surgery residency and fellowships, studying at both Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Today, Dr. Halls serves as the co-founder and chairman of Doctors Offering Charitable Services (DOCS) and also served as former Chief of Surgery at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Dr. Halls is involved with a number of breast and plastic surgery societies, and has authored a number of papers for respected medical journals and publications about breast surgery revisions throughout the course of his career.

At La Jolla Breast Institute, Dr. Halls and his staff ensure a specialized approach toward breast enhancement that focuses on a patient-centered approach to care in a positive setting that’s helped thousands of women like you enjoy beautiful, natural breast enhancement results.

About Breast Implant Complications

Although breast augmentation is considered a low-risk procedure as a whole, complications can occur as the breast or implant(s) change in the months or years following your surgery:

  • Asymmetry: Breasts can heal differently after breast augmentation, or one implant can end up drooping or sagging more than the other. Age affects the breasts as time passes too, but not always at the same rate on each side. Breast implant revision can improve symmetry between breasts, sometimes in combination with additional procedures, such as a breast lift.
  • Bottoming Out: Implants can sometimes sit lower on the chest wall than originally intended, causing a “double bubble” deformity if the implant moves past the inframammary fold. Dr. Halls can repair the implant pocket to keep implants appropriately placed and centered.
  • Capsular Contracture: Scar tissue growth around breast implants is an expected part of the recovery process. However, sometimes the scar tissue becomes overly firm, contracting around the implant and causing excessive tightness. This is not uncommon after radiation therapy has been done for breast cancer reconstruction patients. Left untreated, capsular contracture can distort the natural breast shape and feel painful to the touch. During revision surgery, Dr. Halls can release or remove the scar tissue capsule so your breasts regain a natural feel and look.
  • Lateral Displacement: Implants can shift backward toward the underarms, a malposition that can become particularly pronounced when lying down. During breast implant revision surgery, Dr. Halls strengthens the internal surgical pocket structure to prevent further shifts in placement.
  • Synmastia/Symmastia: When implants migrate too closely together toward the midline of the chest, they can develop the appearance of “uniboob,” technically known as synmastia or symmastia. Dr. Halls can repair the implant pockets and reposition the breasts to a more central placement.


Visiting our patient photo gallery to see real women before and after undergoing breast implant revision can give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect to see after your own surgery. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions about revision surgery in our Breast Revision FAQs.

Breast Implant Revision Pricing

The cost of breast augmentation revision will vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and the surgical approach Dr. Halls takes to address your specific concerns. Dr. Halls’ surgical fees that are associated with revision surgery include Dr. Halls’ surgical fee, the cost for the surgical facility, and anesthesiologist fees. After your consultation Dr. Halls’ staff will discuss surgical costs with you, including information about procedures that may be allowed by your insurance plan or are self-pay, so you can make an informed decision before moving forward.

Recovery & Results

Most women find that recovery after revision surgery is similar to what they experienced after their initial breast augmentation, but often easier. Dr. Halls may ask you to wear a special supportive garment to help support your breasts and keep you comfortable in the first days and weeks following your revision surgery. He’ll also give you detailed post-operative care instructions and plan a date for your first follow-up appointment.

You should see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of your breasts after your implant revision, with your results becoming more apparent over time as healing progresses. After your breast implants are repositioned, replaced or updated, your breasts should look more even and properly positioned, and you should feel more confident about your implant size, shape and placement as well as your overall breast appearance.