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Implant Revision Surgery

What is Implant Revision Surgery?

Implant exchange involves removing old implants and replacing them with new ones. This can be done if a patient wishes to change;

  • aesthetics,

  • size or type of implant, 

  • if an implant has ruptured,

  • if a capsule has contracted around the implant or

  • poor positioning. 

 

This procedure usually involves an incision through the scar, removal of the implant, in some cases, removal of the surrounding capsule and insertion of the new implant. 

 

This surgery can be done in conjunction with a breast lift, as these patients have usually developed some breast ptosis (sagging breast tissue) over time. 

 

What if I want to have my implants removed permanently?

 

Some patients may wish to have their implants removed permanently. There are a number of reasons, including;

  • recurrent capsular contraction,

  • patient wishes to change aesthetics or

  • breast implant illness. 

 

Once again, this usually involves an incision through the previous scar, and the implant and capsule are removed. This procedure can be combined with a mastopexy/breast lift to tighten and firm the breast's excess skin. It can also be combined with fat grafting to add some volume. 

What Can I Expect with Implant Revision Surgery?

A Quick Overview

Surgery time: 1.5 - 2 hours. 

Length of stay in hospital: 1 - 2 nights.

Recovery time: (The following are approximate times.)

Driving 1 week,

Office work 1-2 weeks,

Strenuous work/ exercise 4-6 weeks. 

Garments: Post-surgery compression bra should be worn 24/7 for 4-6 weeks.

Incision and scar: Incision through the previous scar - 5 cm along the fold of the breast. 

 

Other Things to Consider

  • If you have your implants removed permanently and do not have a lift and/or fat grafting, you will have sagging breast skin, as it has been stretched from the implant.
     

  • Capsular contraction can form again around the new implant after an Implant Exchange.

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