Different terminology for this procedure include;

  • Breast Implant Revision Surgery
  • Secondary Breast Surgery
  • Breast Implant Replacement Surgery
  • Breast Augmentation Revision Surgery.
Breast Revision

Do you currently have implants that are old and may need replacing?

If you underwent a Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty) around 10 or so years ago, or if you have concerns regarding your current implants (Breast Implant Complications) you may be considering a breast implant replacement/review.

Your primary breast augmentation surgery is the surgery in which you first get implants, if after this primary Breast Augmentation, recovery period and time allowance for implants to settle into the body some patients find that the results are not what they were aiming for they may want to change implant size, position or implant shape or filling type. Any future Breast Augmentation surgery including replacement or exchange is known as revision surgery or a secondary procedure.

It is important to note that not all implants are the same; they can be externally smooth or textured with either a saline or silicone filling. They also come in different shapes, sizes and profiles (how the implants sit once in the body).

When to have your implants replaced

Implants do not have an exact “expiry date” replacement requirements vary for each patient and depend on several factors, including; the type of implant, age of the implant, as well as, changes in individual patient breast tissue over time.

The general recommendation is to undergo regular implant checks after the initial surgery and consider Breast Implant Replacement around 10 years after the initial procedure.

Furthermore, if patients experience any complications or changes in the appearance or feel of their breasts, they should organise a consult with their surgeon to voice their concerns and determine if implant replacement is required.

If patients regularly attend annual follow up appointments and do not have any complication then at about the 10 year mark the Surgeon may request an MRI or other assessment to help investigate the durability of the implants.

What’s involved in Breast Implant Revision Surgery?

Breast implant revision surgery involves replacing or modifying existing breast implants.

Patients may require breast implant revision surgery if they are experiencing complications with their current implant/s including: leakage, rupture, capsular contracture, or for cosmetic reasons such as changing implant size or shape.

The procedure typically involves taking out the old implant, making necessary adjustments to either the patients breast tissue and/or pocket, and inserting the new implant.

Recovery time varies, but patients can usually return to most activities within a few weeks.

It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the specific details and risks associated with breast implant revision surgery.

Two Options – Explant or Change Your Implants

1. Explantation / Removal

One option is to explant your implants without replacing them.

This surgery involves the surgeon making incisions to remove the implants, as well as, any surrounding scar tissue or capsule.

After explantation, some patients may opt to replace their implants with new ones or undergo a Breast Lift (Mastopexy), whereas, others may choose not to replace their implants at all.

The choice is a personal one and depends on a patients skin and the type of appearance they are wanting after the procedure.

2. Replacement of Implants

This surgery involves the replacement of older, ageing breast implants with new ones. When breast implants age, one option is to replace them with new implants. Patients may also choose to either increase or decrease the size of the implants.

The procedure involves the surgeon making an incision, removing the old implants, and inserting new ones. The recovery period for breast implant replacement surgery is similar to that of the initial breast augmentation procedure.

Patients may also opt to undergo a lift (mastopexy) depending on their skin and the recommendation of a professional.

Breast Revision Before and After Photos

Due to the recent updates in guidelines by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), our website is currently undergoing substantial revisions. As a result, we have had to remove the majority of our Before and After photos to comply with these new regulations. Our utmost priority is to maintain the accuracy and compliance of our content, and we are actively working to reintroduce a more extensive collection of before and after photos in the near future. You can view additional Before and After photos of Dr Briggs’ patients, during an in-person consultation at our clinic.

Taking a look at previous breast revision procedures speaks volumes about a specific surgeons ability and experience. You can see examples of Dr Patrick Briggs patient before and after photos here.

Photo Disclaimer

The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.

Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.

In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.

Why Change Your Implants

The most common reasons for revision of breast implants Include:

  1. Implant rupture or leakage
  2. Capsular contracture
    • This is when the scar tissue surrounding the implant hardens.
    • This can cause pain and discomfort, as well as, changes to the appearance of the breast.
  3. Changes in either breast size or shape
    • Patients may want to change the size or shape of their breasts due to normal body changes, including: weight, pregnancy, and or ageing.
  4. Dissatisfaction with previous results
    • Some patients may not be satisfied with the appearance of their breasts after the initial surgery and may want to make changes.
  5. Medical reasons
    • In some cases, a patient may need to remove or replace their implants due to medical reasons. For example an increased risk of breast cancer.

Other reasons for changing out breast implants include:

  • Ageing implants
    • We recommend all patients read the lifetime of a breast implant warranty information.
  • Treating a complication like capsular contracture (as previously mentioned), rotation of implant or bubbling,
  • Improvement of significant breast asymmetry.
  • Wanting to try new, modern options, for example Motiva implants.
  • Undergoing a breast lift to treat ptosis after life events like pregnancy or ageing.
  • Concerns related to sensitivities or allergies.

Our Free Guide

This procedure guide helps navigate your patient journey, explains what to expect, and offers supportive guidance you need.

Click here for a FREE Breast Augmentation Procedure Guide Download.

This guide is a resource for people considering plastic surgery and will assist people thinking about having plastic surgery. It also includes information in relation to aftercare and recovery.

The guides are not a replacement for professional advice and are provided as a tool only. If you’d like more information about a particular surgery, please call our surgical support team on 1300 599 990 between 9am – 5am weekdays.

Risks and Complications of Breast Implant Replacement Surgery

Breast implant replacement surgery carries certain risks and potential complications. Some of the risks associated with breast implant replacement surgery, include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia Risks
  • Scarring
  • Capsular Contracture
  • Implant Malposition
  • Changes in Sensation
  • Implant Rupture or Leakage
  • Seroma
  • Hematoma
  • Unsatisfactory Results
  • Need for Additional Surgery
  • Breastfeeding Changes
  • Rare Complications
    • Implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) have been reported in association with textured breast implants.

It’s essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the specific risks and potential outcomes of breast implant replacement surgery based on your unique circumstances. They can help you make an informed decision and provide guidance on how to minimize these risks. Additionally, adhering to pre- and post-operative instructions is crucial for a desired outcome and minimizing potential complications.

For more information visit our Risks of Cosmetic Surgery and Complications page

How can you check on your existing breast implants?

  • 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).
  • Stay vigilant about any changes to your breast shape and sensitivity. This is the same recommendation for those that do not have breast implants. Changes to be aware of include;
    • Excessive swelling
    • Pain
    • Redness
    • Any unusual discharge or sensations.
  • Alert your Surgeon or qualified medical professional if you have any changes to your breast appearance and/or other concerns.

As healthcare providers often remind us self-examination and regular mammograms are important.

Assessing Your Implant Status

  • Discuss review time frames with your Plastic Surgeon and be sure you attend your surgery reviews.
  • Perform regular self-examinations. Check for any changes in shape, size, texture and symmetry.
  • Its also important to check for bumps, lumps, irregularities and changes in sensitivity (either an increase or decrease).
  • Your healthcare provider may ask you to get a scan(s) at certain points in time, such as an Magnetic resonance imaging (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).
  • Contact your surgeon or qualified medical professional if you have any concerns.
Dr Patrick Briggs consultation

Annual Breast Implant Reviews by Your Plastic Surgeon

Although we recommend your reviews be done with your original Surgeon in your local area, if this is not an option that is available to you we suggest doing research into qualified medical professionals in your area with experience in performing the specific procedure you are seeking.

If you can it is recommended to attend consultations with several different plastic surgeons so you can make an informed choice about Breast Implant Replacement Surgery.

We urge patients to avoid having surgery overseas. This is because patients that travel for operations in overseas facilities tend to lack adequate follow-up care, reviews, or revision options.

Lifestyle and other factors may affect your implants

Nutritional intake, lifestyle factors, illnesses, substance use, smoking and/or chest-impact accidents may all impact the timing for replacement. Its important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to sustain your surgery results for as long as possible.

Following your surgeon’s recommendations for post-surgery care, including wearing the recommended bras or compression garments, may help optimize your results and aid in preventing complications or subpar results.

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Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody 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 9 AM – 5 PM on Weekdays.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 Or Email us.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400.

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.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is essential (as of the 1st July 2023).
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for educational and informational proposes. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article. The author and publisher of this article make no representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, or completeness of the content of this article. The information contained in this article is strictly at your own risk.