Breast Implant Exchange

Breast Implant Exchange

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Breast augmentation has been trending for decades now, but it’s not always one and done. Most patients with breast implants will never require removal or exchange. However, breast implants, like any implanted devices, are prone to wear and may weaken over many years time. Older implants had a weaker outer shell and a thinner silicone gel filling that didn’t hold up so well. Since breast implants are not forever devices, it’s important to get them evaluated on a regular basis. However, if no issues are found there is no need to revise your implant.

What Is A Breast Implant Exchange?

A breast implant exchange surgery is a surgical procedure to remove and replace breast implants. The surgery is usually done to change the size or type of implant or to correct a problem with the implant.

If you have any concerns about your current implants, such as pain, swelling, hardness or asymmetry, it’s important to talk to a plastic surgeon. Whatever the reason, it is important to remember that breast implant exchange surgery is a major procedure that should not be taken lightly. It is important to discuss all of your options before committing to the implant exchange surgery. Dr. Ghaznavi can help you decide if an implant exchange surgery is the right choice for you.

What To Expect During A Breast Implant Exchange

The surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will not have to stay in the hospital overnight. The surgery takes about two hours to complete. You will be given general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the surgery.

Dr. Ghaznavi will make a small incision under your breast, near the crease. He will try to reopen the original incisions in order to reduce scarring and then remove the old implants and replace them with new ones. He will then secure the incision with sutures.

You will need to take some time off of work after the surgery. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions about how long you need to take off from your regular activities and daily tasks.

Reasons For Breast Implant Exchange

The most common reason for breast implant exchange is that it’s time for routine replacement. There are many other reasons why you may want to consider breast implant exchange surgery. There may be complications with your implants which can lead to potential health problems in future years. Some women decide that their original implants were not exactly what they wanted or their idea of perfect breasts have changed. Whatever the reason, breast implant exchange can help.

Some of the reasons women decide to have this procedure include:

  • Natural aging process
  • Wanting to change the size or type of implants
  • Correcting a problem with the implant
  • Achieving a more natural look and feel
  • Capsular contracture, scar tissue around the implant
  • Infection
  • Asymmetry, unevenness across breasts
  • Rupture of the silicone gel-filled breast implant
  • Implant shifting or sinking or sagging
  • Unhappy with the results of their original surgery
  • Routine replacement every 10 years or so due to wear and tear on the materials that were used in their construction

Recovery From Breast Implant Exchange

A breast implant exchange procedure is typically less invasive than your original breast augmentation procedure. You should experience less pain and have a faster recovery because the pocket for the breast implants already exists.

Most women report that they feel great after their surgery and experience very little pain. Recovery time is typically short, with most women returning to work within a few days. Some swelling and bruising are common, but this typically resolves within a few weeks. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions for post-operative care to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

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