Breast Implant Exchange

What is Breast Implant Exchange?

While breast augmentation with implants is a very popular, safe, and effective plastic surgery procedure, it is not immune to complications. While breast implants can last for a very long time, they are not meant to be life-long devices. Sometimes, breast implants can rupture, or other complications such as capsular contracture or rippling can occur. Other times, a woman may just wish to change the size or material of her implants. When these instances occur, a breast implant exchange can remedy the issue.

How Do I Know if My Breast Implant is Ruptured?

Sometimes, it may be hard to tell if your breast implants have ruptured. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your plastic surgeon right away:

  • Changes in breast shape
  • Hardening of the breast(s)
  • Breast Pain
  • Deflation of the breast(s)

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is the recommended diagnostic test to detect a rupture in silicone implants. While ultrasound can also be used, a study showed that MRI is 94% accurate in detecting ruptures implants, compared to 72% accuracy for ultrasound.

The Procedure

During your breast implant exchange, Dr. Cooper will commonly use the original incision from your breast augmentation, if possible. If not, he will make another incision that is as inconspicuous as possible. Then, the damaged or old implant will be removed, and a new implant will take its place. The breast implant exchange procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours to complete, depending on if any capsule removal is being performed.

How Long Does It Take to Heal from a Breast Implant Exchange?

Following breast implant exchange surgery, you may experience some discomfort, or a feeling of heaviness on your chest that is caused by the pressure of the chest muscle. This discomfort can be controlled with pain medication and should lessen within 2-3 days. Overall recovery time will vary depending on your normal daily activities and what your everyday job requires, however, your recovery should be faster than your first-time breast enhancement. You should avoid strenuous activity for about three weeks and should take 3-5 days off of work.

What to Expect after Breast Implant Exchange

Right after your procedure, you will need to have someone to assist you in getting home or to your recovery center. If your surgery is done under general anesthesia, you will need a dependable adult that is 18 years or older to drive you home.

You will also be prescribed an antibiotic and a pain medication after surgery. Be sure to have these medications ready for you when your return home to help make recovery an easier process.

Breast Implant Exchange Cost

The cost of breast implant exchange will depend on a number of factors and will vary from region to region. Give our office a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper to learn more about pricing.

Precision & Experience

Dr. Jason Cooper is a Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon whose patient-centered approach and meticulous attention to detail produce excellent results.

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