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.
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.
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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.
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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 breast implant exchange procedure, contact our Reno office to meet with Dr. Timothy Janiga by calling or filling out our online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can breast implants be exchanged?
Yes, whether for medical or aesthetic reasons (i.e. you would like them to look different), breast implants can easily be removed and replaced by the same or different types of implants.
Can breast implants be reduced in size?
Yes, a common reason people seek breast implant exchange is that as they age they would like a smaller implant, possibly because of sagging or change in body shape.
Do breast implants change shape over time?
While the implants themselves will not change in shape or volume (unless a rupture occurs), breast appearance can change due to conditions in the breast pocket changing, such as capsular contracture or a change of the breast shape with age.
How long do breast implants last?
There’s no set timeline for the life span of breast implants, although they commonly last upwards of 10 to 15 years.
Can you feel a ruptured breast implant?
Sometimes, yes. A saline implant that ruptures will quickly deflate as the saline is absorbed into the body. Silicone is less noticeable especially if you have one of the newer gummy bear type implants. If you have these you may only know after a mammogram.