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Want to Go Bigger or Smaller? Maybe You Need a Breast Implant Exchange

Every year, breast augmentation ranks as a popular cosmetic procedure in South Florida and throughout the United States. This popularity is because breast enhancement can transform a woman’s body and her self-esteem.

While most women are happy for many years with their breast implants after their initial surgery, for some, their aesthetic interests or body may change over time. If you are unhappy with the current size of your implants, whether too big or too small, it is typically an easy procedure to make a change.

Why Change Your Implants?

Some women become dissatisfied with the balance of their breast implants with the rest of their figure. However, there are other reasons why women want a breast implant exchange. These include:

  • A change in lifestyle
  • Aesthetic goals change with age
  • Would rather a different implant texture
  • Breast augmentation complications like capsular contracture
  • The need for a breast lift to address ptosis from age, weight fluctuation, or pregnancy

Additionally, implants may become worn or suffer a rupture. But the old rule that an implant needs changing every decade is irrelevant. If you are happy with the way they look currently, there’s no need to change.

Adding a Lift With Your Exchange

When age creates skin laxity, this may cause your breasts, with or without implants, to sag. The proteins collagen and elastin naturally diminish with age, causing the skin to be less pliable. Lifestyle changes may affect skin tightness as well like:

  • Menopause
  • Weight Fluctuation
  • Pregnancy/Breastfeeding

These life events can cause skin and breast tissue to stretch and droop, and maybe your implants will shift out of place. A breast lift with your implant exchange will create perkier, more youthful breast shapes to complement your desired size. As of March 2019, the FDA recommends that asymptomatic patients with silicone gel breast implants undergo ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging every 5-6 years post-operatively, then every 2-3 years going forward.   

Discuss Your Goals

You should start discussing your breast size with your plastic surgeon. This conversation will help you and your surgeon get an accurate idea of what you want and what can be done. Maybe you are interested in a smaller enhancement, exchanging your larger implants to gain comfort and mobility. Many women who reach a certain age seek to improve their quality of life with smaller boobs.

But size is essential, whether going large or small. A board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive breast surgery experience is the best person to have this discussion with. Harvard trained surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper offers breast implant exchange surgery for his patients in Jupiter, Palm Beach, and throughout South Florida.

To begin the process of a breast implant exchange, simply contact Dr. Cooper to schedule a consultation today.