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It’s important to know that after receiving breast implants, results are not permanent, and they may require replacement during your lifetime. You should expect to have future visits with your plastic surgeon to discuss changes in your breasts.
Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. If, after a period of years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift or implant exchange to restore a more youthful contour.
What Is Breast Implant Exchange?
Breast implant exchange is a surgical procedure that removes or replaces breast implants placed during breast augmentation. The procedure may be indicated for medical reasons, or it may be the patient’s personal choice. To provide a satisfactory aesthetic outcome, a cosmetic procedure may be performed during or after breast implant removal. Removal of breast implants is frequently followed by no implant placement versus replacement with a different implant type (silicone gel vs. saline) or a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure.
Reasons for Breast Implant Exchange
You may believe that breast implants no longer fit into your lifestyle or you may decide that a different implant size or type is appropriate. In either of these cases, breast implant removal will be necessary.
- Change in size preferences
- Switch from saline to silicone
- Decision to remove implants
Medical indications for breast implant removal may include trauma, disease, or a surgery complication. Complications of breast augmentation may necessitate breast implant removal or revision surgery. Some of these complications are as follows:
- Capsular contracture
- Implant displacement
- Visible implant rippling
- Ruptured implant
- Nipple malposition
- Breast soft tissue changes
What Happens During Surgery?
Breast implant removal is a relatively straightforward procedure. The implant is typically approached through the same surgical incisions as your original breast augmentation. Surgery time length may be an hour or two, but this will vary depending on your particular condition.
After Breast Implant Exchange
Removal of breast implants carries a possibility for an undesirable aesthetic outcome, especially if you’ve had them for several years. When breast augmentation is first performed, the skin stretches to accommodate the implants. If they are removed, it is likely that your skin will not shrink back to a satisfactory state. If you have saline implants they can be deflated in the office prior to your surgery. This will give you time to adjust to the “new” breast look and allow you to decide if this look is good or bad.
While it is possible that your breasts will return to their pre-augmentation appearance, most patients will benefit from another cosmetic procedure. Your plastic surgeon may recommend a breast lift (mastopexy) to tighten the tissues and excess skin. To meet your appearance goals, he may also recommend a different implant size or different implant type.
How Much Does Breast Implant Revision Cost in Raleigh?
At your consultation, Kristen or Laura will provide you with a detailed individual estimate given your surgeon’s recommendations. Please click here if you would like a generalized price estimate.
Schedule Your Breast Implant Revision Consultation
Our plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. If you’re ready to learn more about the breast implant revision procedure, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Use the email form to send a question or call (919) 785-0505 to speak with our patient coordinator.