Breast Implant Exchange

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.

What happens during Breast Implant Exchange procedure?

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 isshutterstock_135688511 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.

When To Consider Implant Exchange

  • If you have saline breast implants and they have punctured or they have changed in shape.
  • If you would like to revisit the size of your implants to go larger or smaller.
  • If you are having complications with scar tissue tightening or your implants need to be repositioned.
  • If your body has changed as a result of weight fluctuations or pregnancy.

How do you prepare for a Breast Implant Exchange?

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.

What Are My Implant Options?

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.

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  • Do not take Aspirin products containing Ibuprofen for two weeks before or after surgery. These medications thin the blood, interfere with normal blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. Instead, use medications containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol.
  • Discontinue smoking for two weeks before and after surgery. Smoking constricts small blood vessels and inhibits the healing process.
  • Avoid alcohol for two weeks before and after surgery.
  • Decreasing salt intake will help diminish swelling after surgery.
  • Drink plenty of water to help flush toxins from your body.
  • Stop taking all vitamins and herbs two weeks prior to surgery.
  • Fill your prescriptions before your surgery date, especially pain and antibiotic medications your doctor has prescribed for this procedure.
  • Arrange for someone to take you home and to assist you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.

What to expect after Breast Implant Exchange Surgery?

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.