Breast Implant Replacement
Breast implants may change shape or size over time, and breast tissue may also not remain the same. If this occurs the appearance of the breasts is less desirable than the original postoperative result. Surgical implant replacement is performed to replace old implants with new ones, and to change or improve appearance of the breasts. During surgery the implant pocket is reshaped to re-position the breast implant, to increase or decrease breast size and to improve breast shape. Implant replacement may be needed for one or more of the following reasons: a desire to change breast size, pain, implant tear or displacement.
How is implant replacement performed?
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about one hour. The surgeon selects the technique depending on the reason for the replacement and the type of procedure performed. The incision may include, but is not limited to, one of the following: a breast crease incision, an axillary incision, a full or partial incision around the areola.
What to expect after surgery?
The final results of the surgery will be seen when the swelling subsides, and it usually takes about six weeks for the breasts to feel soft and natural.