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Breast Implant Remove and Replace

The breast augmentation procedure, more commonly known as a boob job, is a plastic surgery procedure that is on the rise. The purpose of the procedure is to improve the appearance of the breast and change the size significantly. However, the breast implants placed during the procedure are not meant to last a lifetime and need to be replaced a decade or two later. The replacement of these implants is a surgical procedure of its own which can also be performed if your breast implant ruptures or you want a change in size. 

What is a Breast Implant Replacement Procedure? 

Breast Implant Replacement Procedure is a surgical procedure that is performed with the purpose of removing an already placed Breast Implant from the chest cavity and replacing it with another breast implant, of a similar size or a different size. It is performed by specialist plastic surgeons who ensure that the breast looks as good as before, with minimal to no visible scarring from the procedure. 

The breast implant replacement procedure is meant to enhance the appearance of your breasts while also changing your breast implants to avoid any health complications.

Benefits of a Breast Implant Replacement Procedure

The benefits of the breast implant replacement procedure are strictly related to your health. If you are questioning the integrity of your breast implants or are not satisfied with the results of your breast augmentation procedure, it can be quite taxing for your mental health. In this case, undergoing a breast implant replacement procedure will help you achieve the results you want, without any doubts about the structure of your implants. It can be quite a relief which will eventually show up in the form of improved social and personal life. The confidence boost you get from the procedure is just what you need and deserve. 

Furthermore, the procedure may also be beneficial in improving your health if the integrity of the implant has decreased to the point of rupture. Or if the capsule around the implant is causing excessive contracture, ruining the appearance and texture of your breast along with your physical health. 

Am I a Candidate for Breast Implant Replacement Procedure?

A breast implant replacement procedure is a major surgical procedure that has specific eligibility criteria that you must meet to be able to undergo the procedure. The purpose of this criteria is to ensure the best results for you, without compromising your health as this procedure is not the best choice for everyone. 

To be able to undergo this procedure, you must be

  • A non-smoker or willing to quit at least eight weeks prior to the surgery
  • Physically and mentally healthy 
  • Aware of the complications of the procedure 
  • At a stable weight 
  • Unhappy with the size of your breast implant or the way your breast implant looks and feels.

Your Breast Implant Replacement Journey

Your breast implant replacement Journey begins with the consultation period. During this period, you can discuss why you feel the need to undergo the procedure and what are your expectations so that the surgeon can ensure your satisfaction. Also, your surgeon will assess you with the eligibility criteria first to see if you can even undergo this procedure. Once you have checked all the boxes, your surgeon will ask you to do a few blood tests and have an MRI done. This is just to assess your current health and make sure that you are all set to undergo a major surgical procedure. 

You will also need to discuss the size of your breast implants during this period. Whether you want to go bigger or smaller is up to you, and your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you, medically. Moreover, if your surgeon is worried about the structure of the breast after the replacement procedure, they may recommend other procedures, during this period, that can be performed together. 

Once the consultation period is done, you are ready to undergo your procedure. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure meaning that you will be able to go home the same day. Your surgeon will make the incisions in the same place as your initial breast augmentation procedure to remove the implant and place a new one. The whole procedure can take one hour to three hours, depending on the complexity of your case. Once the new implant has been placed, your surgeon will suture the incisions and that marks the end of the procedure. 

Recovery from a Breast Implant Replacement Procedure

Recovery from a breast implant replacement procedure, much like other cosmetic surgical procedures, lasts for about four weeks to six weeks. The first week is the hardest because you are going to suffer from quite a bit of discomfort, pain, bruising, and swelling. Your surgeon will prescribe pain management medications to help reduce these symptoms. You should focus on resting during this week and minimize physical movements as much as possible. 

It is important for you to wear a compression bra to avoid swelling and accumulation of blood. During weeks two and three, you can start doing light physical activities. Around week four to six, you can resume your daily life activities. During the entire recovery period, it is very important to ensure that you aren’t partaking in any strenuous activities that may put pressure on the incision and lead to complications. 

Risks and Complications of Breast Implant Replacement Procedure

A breast implant replacement procedure is a surgical procedure that has quite a few risks and complications associated with it. While most of them are not a cause for concern and will resolve spontaneously, you should still know about them to be able to make an informed decision. 

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia 
  • Bleeding and hematoma
  • Infection
  • Asymmetric Implants
  • Loss of sensation of the breast
  • Loss of sensation of the nipple and areola
  • Temporary numbness
  • Persistent swelling 
  • Severe bruising and pain 
  • Blood clots and DVT

Why Choose Dr Richard Sackelariou?

Dr Richard Sackelariou is an experienced and highly trained specialist plastic surgeon who has spent over twenty years of his career perfecting his techniques. Having received training in London and Paris, he has used these opportunities to learn new, state-of-the-art techniques for his procedures that reduce your risk of developing a side effect significantly. Moreover, he puts patient satisfaction first, and everything he does during your procedure is to ensure you get the results you want.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I know when my breast implants need replacing?

Generally, breast implants need to be replaced or removed after ten years to fifteen years of you having them placed in your chest cavity. You may want to have your breast implant replaced at that time or if the implant has ruptured. You can also choose to replace your breast implants if you want to change the size of the implants you have. 

How long is surgery to replace breast implants?

The surgical procedure to remove and then replace your breast implant can take anywhere between one hour to three hours, depending on your case.

How many times can you replace the implant?

The general rule of thumb when it comes to breast implant replacement is that you should get one between 10 years to 15 years after your breast augmentation procedure. You can definitely go over this time limit, depending on your health and implant care. Keeping this time frame in mind, most people only need around one or two replacements in their entire life, and that is how many times your should get them as undergoing surgical procedures, even outpatients one, repeatedly is not recommended for your general health and wellbeing. 

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants are considered to be medical devices that come with an expiration date. Generally, you should have your breast implants changed between 10 years and 15 years. However, with recent advancements in the field of medicine, you can now healthily have your implants in your chest cavity for approximately 20 years. These are general time frames and it may differ for each person however it is not recommended to have Breast implants for over 20 years.

How do I know when my breast implants need replacing?

There are multiple signs that point it’s the fact that you may need to have your breast implant changed. The most important and urgent reason why you should have your birth breast implant replaced is implant rupture. Some of the other symptoms that may be present and would let you know that you have to replace your breast implants are breast implants that are sitting too high or too low on your chest, rest in plants that have lost their firmness, or have a change in texture, and breast implants that are asymmetric. You should also consider replacing or removing your breast implants if you’re suffering from breast implant illness which is an autoimmune condition and with your body starting to attack the breast implant.

Does replacing breast implants hurt?

The breast Implant Replacement procedure is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. The procedure itself is not painful however there might be slight discomfort and pain during the recovery period. For this pain, you will be prescribed pain management medication by your surgeon.

Can old breast implants cause health issues?

Rest in plans in case of rupture can cause health complications. They can also cause complications if they have ruptured and have not been replaced or removed. In such a case, the capsule formed around your breast implant will keep on contracting hence resulting in a change of texture and the appearance of your breast. Furthermore, sometimes your body starts to attack the breast implant producing symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, muscle ache, and skin rashes. The symptoms along with many others combine to give rise to breast implant illness. It is a serious health condition that can be partly resolved by removing the breast implant.

Do breast implants need maintenance?

Breast implants are generally low maintenance. There’s not much that you need to do when you get a breast implant apart from MRI scans to ensure that your breast is in good health. As these implants are not intended to last for a lifetime, the only maintenance that you need to do is have them replaced or removed 10 years to 20 years after your breast augmentation procedure.

What are the risks of removing breast implants?

When you have your breast implants removed, depending on the various factors, your breast will undergo several changes. During the first week, your breast will look deflated however, your breast will begin to regain its volume by a second week to the third week. Your breasts may become saggy and droopy over time, hence, requiring a breast lift procedure. As the breast implant removal and replacement procedures are surgical procedures there are several resident complications associated with the surgery and anesthesia aspects as well.

Does Medicare cover breast implant replacement?

Medicare usually covers surgical procedures that are considered to be medically necessary, as a new doctor can provide a note saying that the procedure was necessary for the betterment of your health. It is used to cover breast implant replacement and removal as a mode of treatment for implant rupture or other similar complications. However, the new policies have stated that these procedures are no longer reimbursed by Medicare.

What happens to breast implants when you’re old?

As you age, the effects of gravity will become more apparent on your breast implants. What it means is that there’s going to be slight sagging of your implants, similar to what would’ve happened with natural breasts. Apart from that, your breast implants will look pretty much the same which may be concerning as it doesn’t match your breasts.  This will require surgical maintenance procedures to ensure that everything looks symmetric and put together.

Further Medical Reading about Breast Implant Exchange

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