Over times women desire to have their breast implants exchanged. While breast implant revision procedures are sometimes required due to leaking implants or hardening of the implant (capsular contracture) more often times it is performed in order to change the cup size or the type of implant that was used in the original surgery.
Breast implant exchange is similar to breast augmentation surgery. Anesthesia is administered and surgical incisions are made in the breasts. The site of these incisions is usually in the same place as it was for the original surgery or it may depend on the implant, your goals, and the doctor’s recommendations. Since the pocket for the implant is already in place, implant exchange surgery tends to be easier than the original augmentation procedure and have a shorter recovery time as well.
Prior to your surgery, you will have a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brandon Mang. It will be at this time that he and his staff will discuss the breast implant exchange procedure in detail with you as well as and how you should best prepare for the day of your surgery. Make sure you wear loose, comfortable clothing when you arrive for your procedure. You should plan to take at least three to four days after the surgery is performed to sufficiently recover. However, Dr. Mang can determine an adequate recovery time based on your personal situation.
During your consultation, you and Dr. Mang will address which kind of breast implant you would like to replace your current implants with. Some options are:
Saline – Saline implants are filled with sterilized salt water.
Silicone – Silicone implants are filled with a soft gel and are available in an assortment of shapes.
Cohesive silicone implants “gummy bear” – Gummy Bear implants are filled with a cohesive, firmer gel, which makes them a bit thicker than traditional silicone implants.
Work: Most people can return to work within a few days. If you participate in sports or are physically active you will have to wait at least three weeks, if not longer, to resume these activities.
Discomfort: After the surgery, some moderate discomfort can be expected. Pain medication prescribed by your surgeon can help minimize the discomfort. However, if discomfort persists, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: The recovery after a breast implant exchange procedure takes about 3-7 days. Bruising and mild swelling may also occur but usually diminishes within one to two weeks.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However, most patients will enjoy their final result within six to twelve months.