What is the Procedure to Replace Breast Implants?


What is the Procedure to Replace Breast Implants?

The procedure to replace breast implants is known quite simply as breast implant revision surgery. The definition of the surgery is just as simplistic as its name: replacing old breast implants with new ones. 

On average, breast implants last between 10 to 15 years. Longevity aside, breast implants may require replacement due to a variety of medical reasons or personal decisions. The 2 major reasons for breast implant replacement are implant rupture and capsular contracture. Breast implant rupture varies by the placement of the implant, whether above or below the muscle, as well as the type and brand of the implant. The types of breast implants, saline and silicone, both have a tough outer silicone shell. The notable difference, as their names imply are saline implants are filled with saline (a saltwater solution) and silicone implants are filled with a thick silicone gel. For both, an estimated rupture rate of 1%  increases over time. The older the implants, the greater the risk of complications. Capsular contracture is the development of scar tissue around the implant. In some patients, the body will view the breast implant as a foreign object and begin to protect itself by forming a tissue capsule. Some signs of capsular contracture include tightness and pain in the breast. Capsular contracture is treated by removing the implants and the scar tissue around them.

Breast implants may also need to be replaced due to displacement or shifting of the implants that need to be correctly repositioned. Breast implant illness are rare, breast implant associated, anaplastic large cell lymphoma, that can develop in the scar tissue capsule, are conditions that may require breast implant replacement. 

Breast implant surgery varies by type of implant. The aesthetic goals of the patient will be considered in the detailed medical plan outlined between doctor and patient as well as the skill of the surgeon. For the most part, the procedure to replace breast implants is straightforward: anesthesia, incision, closing of the incision and results. The type of incision will differ based on type of surgery selected. Some patients opt for a breast lift at the same time as breast implant revision surgery. Incisions include an inframammary incision in the crease under the breast, a breast lift incision that is performed in a vertical or “lollipop” pattern, or a peri-areola incision at or around the areola.

If you are unsure if your breast implants are in need of replacement, decide if you are experiencing any of these common signs and symptoms: discomfort or pain, prolonged sensation loss, abnormal shape, implant setting too high or too low, breast tenderness, asymmetry between breasts, deflation or rupture of implants.

To inquire about a procedure to replace breast implants that is right for you, give our office a call at 703-754-8228 or read our top-rated reviews at WEBSITE. David W. Allison, MD offers private consultations to discuss your options for replacement or removal of breast implants. 

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