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Breast Implant Revision

Most women can go without an implant exchange for over ten years or might never need an exchange in their lifetime. A breast implant exchange can be performed to:

  • Reshape the breast implants pocket and reposition the implant
  • Increase or decrease implant size
  • Change implant type or texture
  • Correct a capsular contracture
  • Reduce risk of rupture

Breast Implant Exchange Candidates

Those who are dissatisfied with the results of a previous breast augmentation procedure or have changed their mind about their implant type and size can benefit from an implant exchange procedure.

An implant exchange might also be medically required if the patient or surgeon detects signs of an implant rupture. For those with saline implants, a rupture would result in deflation of the breast. For silicone implants, a rupture can be more difficult to detect and might need an examination from a surgeon to identify.

An implant exchange can also benefit those who begin to experience complications like a contracture or rippling. Those who are considering an implant exchange can talk with Dr. Barone or Dr. Koltz to determine if they are a candidate.

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Preparing for Your Procedure

Your Breast Implant Revision Consultation

Patients have already undergone a previous augmentation procedure but might have new questions about their implant exchange. To become fully prepared and to ensure that an exchange procedure is right for them, patients will meet with their surgeon to discuss their concerns. Patients might ask the following questions:

  • What is your experience with breast implant exchange?
  • Am I a candidate for a breast implant exchange procedure?
  • How will this procedure differ from my initial augmentation?
  • What techniques will be used?
  • What will my recovery be like?
  • What can I do to ensure successful results from my procedure?

Procedure Steps

The breast implant exchange procedure is very similar to the original procedure. In most cases, an incision will be made over the previous one to prevent new scarring. The old implant will then be removed and any scar tissue with be revised. The new implant will then be placed into the breast pocket and the incisions are closed. A breast lift can also be done at this time to optimize results if the breasts have lost skin elasticity since the previous procedure.

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Breast Implant Exchange Recovery

After a breast implant exchange procedure, the breasts will be bandaged and a compression bra should be worn to ensure proper healing. Specific post-op instructions will be provided along with any activity restrictions during recovery. This will include how to shower, when and how sutures will be removed, and when exercise can be resumed. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort can be expected for the first few weeks which can be managed with pain medication and an ice pack.

Dr. Koltz and Dr. Barone employ options and advanced techniques to reduce discomfort and downtime, including, intraoperative pain blocks with Exparel, naturopathic anti-inflammatory supplements, and lymphatic massage are utilized and can significantly shorten recovery times.

 

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Breast Implant Revision Results

Over the course of several months, the swelling will continue to subside and implants will settle, revealing the true results of the breast implant exchange procedure. Patients can enjoy their fresh new implants with a reduced risk of complication and newly contoured breasts. Patients should continue to watch for signs of future complications and signs of a rupture.

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Scheduling Your Consultation

If you are considering replacing, removing or resizing your breast implants from your previous breast augmentation surgery, contact evolv Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Frank Barone or Dr. Peter Koltz.

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