What is a Breast Implant Exchange?
During a breast implant exchange, the old implants are removed and new implants are placed. There are a number of reasons why women have implants exchanged, including weight loss or gain, breast-feeding, desire for a larger or smaller breast, breast sagginess, implant rupture, or capsular contracture. Breast implant exchange can be performed by your original breast augmentation plastic surgeon or another board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in revisional breast surgeries.
There are several different breast implant options on the market. Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra are the three main implant manufacturers. During your consultation with Dr. Janiga, you’ll discuss the type of implant you would like to opt for. This can include implants of a different size, shape, filling, or manufacturer. The most common type of implant placed during a breast implant exchange today is a highly cohesive silicone implant that is often known as a “gummy bear” implant. This is because gummy bear implants are a new type of implant that offers some benefits not previously available in silicone gel or saline implants.
With aging, the breasts can become more ptotic or saggy. During an implant exchange, a breast lift may be used to elevate the nipple-areolar complex to a more youthful location. This is called a mastopexy or breast lift. The type of breast lift performed depends on the degree of sagginess and the amount of native breast tissue.
When the old implants are removed, the capsule that forms around the implants can be removed with a capsulectomy, released with a capsulotomy, or repositioned with a capsulorrhaphy. The new implants can be placed in the pocket where the implant was removed, or they can be placed in a different pocket location based on your goals.
Recovery & Results
The recovery for a breast implant exchange procedure is similar to your initial breast augmentation surgery. You should expect to take one or two weeks away from your regular schedule to rest and recover, during which you’ll wear a surgical bra to support your new implants. You’ll be prescribed medications to manage discomfort and swelling. Your final results will begin to emerge between three weeks to three months after your procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
Breast implant exchange can have a lot of benefits. Whatever your reasons or goals, we can recommend your best options. To begin planning your ideal implant exchange procedure, contact our Reno office to meet with Dr. Timothy Janiga by calling or filling out our online form.