Breast implants are not permanent devices and results can change over time. Some women may decide to go from saline implants to silicone.
The chance that implants will leak increase with the age of the implant. Therefore, implants can be replaced if a patient desires a different appearance, isn’t satisfied with her current implants or feels she is at risk for a leak or rupture due to the age of her implants.
For this procedure, local or general anesthesia is used. The surgeon will make the proper incisions to remove the old implant. The new implant will then be placed. The incisions will be closed up. Depending on scarring around the previous incision sites, there may be excess scarring. Your surgeon will determine the best place to make incisions to minimize additional scarring.
There is a risk of infection and a reaction to anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss with you these risks and risks that are specific to breast implant exchange surgery.
Recovery time can take weeks and even months. Full results will be seen once swelling and bruising have subsided. You may be given pain medication to reduce pain and discomfort during recovery.