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What is Breast Implant Replacement

Dec 2, 2016Posted by nameless

What is Breast Implant Replacement

Also called a re-augmentation, a breast implant replacement procedure is a surgical procedure to remove and replace breast implants. There are a range of reasons women may choose to have their implants replaced. The major reasons are:

o Preferring a different size due to change in body shape or changing preferences

o Implant has ruptured or they are placed too high or too low

o To try newer, more advanced and natural looking implants


The procedure will take place at one of our luxury private hospitals. You may go home the same day or stay overnight depending on the complexity of your case and time of surgery. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic.

In general, a breast implant replacement is normally a simpler procedure than the original augmentation as the pocket for the implant has already been created. The surgeon will normally make the incision along the scar line from your original surgery; thereby minimizing any further scarring. The old implants will be removed and the new ones will be implanted. The skin will then be secured using dissolvable sutures.

Risks & Complications

As with any surgery, there is the small risk of complications with breast implant replacement surgery. At the time of your consultation, we will take you through that in detail so that you can take an informed decision.

We will not push you for surgery. We will give you all the time and guidance you need to take a decision. We will give you a comprehensive Breast Implant Replacement Patient Guide to take home with you. This will answer most of your queries and concerns. If you have any further questions, you can give a call to us and we will provide you our expert advice. You will love us for our honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Related Procedures

Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction, Breast Uplift, Areola Reduction Surgery.

There are no before-after pictures currently.

How long does the procedure take ?

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the surgery normally takes about 90 minutes, not including time in recovery.

Are the results permanent ?

Yes, as with your original procedure, the results are permanent. If you loose/ gain a substantial amount of weight, or you have a baby, your breasts may change shape.

When can I go back to normal day-to-day activities ?

We recommend that people take a week off work following the procedure (more if your job is particularly physical). Strenuous activities, heavy lifting and intense exercise should be avoided for about 6 weeks after your surgery.

Are there any alternatives to this surgery ?

No, the only way to change your implants, increase the size, or change the shape of your breasts is by surgery.

Can I combine this procedure with other surgery ?

Yes, you can combine this procedure with other breast or body surgeries. You can discuss this in full at your free consultation.

Can I opt for a different type of implant than I originally had ?

Yes, many people with older implants are now choosing newer, safer implants that are available.

Can I have a bigger/ smaller size than my original implants ?

Yes, it is normally quite simple to go a little larger than your original implants. Smaller implants are possible, however you may need some degree of uplift to counteract any excess skin. This can be fully discussed at your free consultation.

Can I have my implants removed and not replaced ?

Yes, a number of women choose to have their implants removed and not replaced. However, you should be aware that as part of the original breast implant procedure, some of your natural breast tissue may have been removed, so your breasts may be smaller than previously. Your skin will also have stretched around your implants, so you may need some form of skin removal or tightening to have a pleasing aesthetic result.

When should I have my implants replaced ?

This is very much dependent on your original implants. If your implants are ruptured it is essential that you consider having them replaced. Some older implants are more prone to rupture and contracture (hardening) after ten years. You can discuss this fully at your free consultation.

Will my scarring be worse after a second breast procedure ?

Your surgeon will try their best to make incisions at the same site as the original scar. However, sometimes cutting into this area again can make the scar more prominent, this will fade over time.

Will I have altered sensation in the area ?

Whenever skin is cut, nerves are also cut; this may result in altered sensation to the area, particularly at the incision site. All care will be taken to maintain sensation as much as possible.

What weight should I be for surgery ?

You should be at a healthy weight for your height when you have surgery as this lowers risks related to anaesthetic. For the best aesthetic results, we recommend that you are at your ideal weight at the time of surgery as further weight loss or gain can change the results of your surgery.

When can I fly after the procedure ?

You should check with your surgeon regarding safe timings of air travel following your surgery. Many airlines have their own protocols and you should inform your travel insurance company if you have had recent surgery.

Am I too young/ too old for this procedure ?

All clients must be at least 18 years of age to have surgery. We do not set an upper age limit for our procedures, suitability for surgery will be discussed at your free consultation with your surgeon.