What’s involved with Breast Implant Replacement?
Changing your Breast Implant Size, Type or Brand
Do you have implants and are thinking about breast implant replacement surgery? Are your breast implants getting old?
If your breast implants have been in place for some time – or you have a concern – you may want your breast implant replacement to use newer types of implants.
Some patients even change out their implants a few years after surgery because they want to change sizes or content type.
Not all implants are the same; they can be smooth or textured and saline or silicone.
What’s involved with Breast Implant Revision Surgery?
Changing your breast implants involves what’s called Breast Implant Replacement surgery or secondary breast surgery. Depending on the outcome of your primary breast augmentation, in some cases, a capsulectomy may need to be performed as well as the implant removal.
- Your primary breast augmentation surgery is when you first get implants inserted.
- Any future surgery including replacement or exchange is known as revision surgery or a secondary procedure.
Two Options – Explant or Change Your Implants
1. Explantation / Removal
Another option is to explant your implants without replacing them.
Some patients will require breast-and-nipple uplift surgery after explantation or replacement. It just depends on your skin and what type of appearance you’re wanting after your procedure.
2. Replacement of Implants
Replacement of older, ageing breast implants. When breast implants age, one option is to replace them with new implants. You may also be able to increase or decrease the size. However, a lift may also be required depending on your skin.
Breast Revision Before and After Photos
Taking a look at previous breast revision procedures speaks volumes about the expertise of a specific surgeon, and Dr Briggs is not an exception. See before and after photos here.
Why Change Your Implants
The most common reasons for revision of breast implants Include:
- Wanting to change breast size (larger or smaller)
- Changing type of implant (fill, brand, projection, round vs teardrop)
- Changing fill content (silicone or saline)
The second most common reasons for changing out breast implants are:
- Ageing implants – read the lifetime of a breast implant warranty information.
- Treating a complication like capsular contracture, rotation or a double-bubble.
- Needing a revision augmentation to correct for pronounced breast asymmetry.
- Wanting to try new, modern options including Motiva.
- Needing a breast lift to treat ptosis (drooping breasts) after pregnancy or ageing.
- Concerns related to sensitivities or allergies.
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How can you check on your existing breast implants?
- You must attend all follow-up visits after surgery including your annual reviews.
- Be sure to schedule these into your diary and keep your Surgeon up to date on changes to your contact information (phone, email, address).
- Also, stay vigilant about any changes to your breast shape or sensitivity – the same recommendations hold true for women who do not have breast implants.
- Alert your Surgeon immediately if you have any changes to your breast appearance and/or other concerns.
Assessing Your Implant Status
- Discuss review time frames with your Plastic Surgeon and be sure you attend your surgery reviews.
- You may be asked to get a scan(s) at certain points in time, such as an MRI or Ultrasound.
- You can also ask to get your implant surgery details registered on the breast prosthesis database if available in your region Dr Briggs registers patients with the Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR).
Annual Breast Implant Reviews by Your Plastic Surgeon
- We recommend your reviews be done with your original Surgeon in your local area, if available, this can be an issue if you have overseas breast surgery with an unknown doctor
- Avoid having surgery overseas because breast surgery patients tend to lack adequate follow-up care and reviews, or revision options of their breast augmentation results when they have surgery in overseas facilities.
When Do Ageing Breast Implants Need Replacing?
The time frame for replacing implants can vary from patient to patient. Typically, you should consider exchanging them at the 9-10 year mark; although not every woman does. Some women have had their implants in place for decades, with no concerns, but there are varying medical opinions about time frames for replacing your implants. As a general guideline, risks of implant deterioration increase as the implants age, so keep this in mind.
Also, if you got cheap breast implants from a discount clinic, you may not have a quality brand – yet another reason to choose a Plastic Surgeon who can provide you with the best-known breast implant brands.
- Nothing lasts forever – and that includes breast prosthesis.
- Some patients successfully keep their implants in place for decades.
- However, most manufacturers recommend a 10-year life span for their implants (breast prosthesis).
- Research suggests older, ageing breast implants have higher risks of future complications.
- Sometimes new models of implants become available in Australia, this sometimes encourages women to change their older implants for a newer style, model, or texture.
- nutritional intake, lifestyle factors, illnesses, substance use, smoking and/or chest-impact accidents may also impact your timing for replacement
- Be sure you live a healthy lifestyle to sustain your surgery results for as long as possible
- Keep your skin in good condition by having good nutrition and wearing the recommended bra (going without a bra after breast surgery may harm your results)
If you have no issues with your implants, and regularly attend annual follow up appointments, then at about the 10 years mark, your Surgeon may request an MRI or other assessment to help investigate the durability of your implants (in place).
Dr Patrick Briggs
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.