Breast Implant Exchange in Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA
Breast implants are not intended to be a life-long part of a woman’s anatomy. It is not only aesthetically valuable to replace implants after a certain time frame, but it is important for a woman’s overall health. Brandon-Dzung Mang, M.D., is an experienced plastic surgeon who is sensitive to the needs of each patient that he meets. He is board certified under the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been helping women in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Atlanta, Alpharetta, and the neighboring communities in Georgia exchange implants that have aged or ruptured in order to keep them healthy and looking natural.
Over time, 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 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 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.
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.
What is the Cost of Breast Implant Exchange?
Dr. Mang is conscious of his patients’ budgets and keeps his prices competitive. Plastic surgery procedures can range depending on the needs and goals of each patient, therefore, it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mang to discuss pricing. At Mang Plastic Surgery, we believe that a cosmetic procedure is an investment in your self-confidence, which will be beneficial for years to come. Sometimes that may be costly, and that is why we offer financing through CareCredit®.
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 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.
Review With Dr. Mang
- Stop smoking. It is important to discontinue the use of cigarettes and other nicotine products as they constrict blood vessels and slow the healing and recovery process.
- Avoid alcohol. This is not long term, but alcohol use should be discontinued for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery.
- Vitamins and other OTC drugs. Discontinue the use of these for at least two weeks before surgery.
- Pain medication. Dr. Mang may prescribe you pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. It is important to fill these prior to surgery and bring them to the procedure.
- Drink water. Water is a very helpful tool both before and after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of water before surgery and after. Water helps flush out toxins.
- Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Discontinue the use of both of these for at least two weeks before and after surgery. These products thin you blood and can interfere with your body’s ability to heal.
- Getting home. After surgery driving is prohibited. Arrange for transportation home.
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 three to seven days. Bruising and mild swelling may also occur but usually diminishes within one to two weeks. Dr. Mang advises his patients to use the herb arnica to help prevent and minimize signs of swelling and bruising.
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 results within one to three months.
Call us today if you feel that your implants are in need of exchange or removal. Breast implant exchange surgeries, performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon Mang, are available in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Atlanta, Alpharetta, and the neighboring communities in Georgia. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mang today.