One thing on women’s minds while considering getting breast implants is the potential of needing a replacement in the future. Let’s delve into what breast implant replacement entails, who needs it, and how often you might expect to need to replace your own breast implants if you have or get them.

What Is Breast Implant Replacement?

Breast implant replacement, also known as breast implant revision surgery is a surgical undertaking to ensure that women are as satisfied as possible with the look and feel of their breasts.

This surgery is also used to make sure a patient’s implants are safe and comfortable after a length of time or in cases of trauma or other complications that may effect the breast implants.

Breast implant replacement or revision is often not one procedure. It may be a combination of things. Some things the doctor may do in a replacement include:

  • Reshaping the old implant pocket to change the new implant’s position
  • A breast reduction or lift
  • Changing size,shape, or style of implant

Breast implant replacement is a holistic process of finding the best combination of options that will achieve the patient’s goals.

When Should Implants Be Replaced?

There is a fear that if you get implants, you’ll be stuck in an endless cycle of surgery and replacement. That’s not the case. Without trauma or complications, implants can safely last 10 to 20 years.
Some reasons implant replacement is chosen include:

  • Implants ruptured or moved
  • Changing type of implant
  • Changing breast size
  • Capsular contracture or other complications.

What To Expect After Surgery

Breast implant replacement is not a one size fits all procedure. That means healing time and specific aftercare will vary from patient to patient. There are things that most patients will experience,including:

  • Dressings,bandages, or other support garments
  • Restrictions on exercise and lifting
  • Oral or topical medications to aid in healing and manage pain
  • Avoiding bathing or showering temporarily

Consult your doctor about what aftercare you will require. Expect to follow up with them to track healing progress, remove stitches, and address any other concerns along the way.
As you heal, expect to need some help around the house. You will need to take time before you can resume your normal routine and will have restrictions such as not lifting over a certain amount or not driving while on certain medications. Discuss this with your doctor so you can plan ahead.

Schedule Your Consultation

Having a great medical team is important. If you are local to the Phoenix area, you may wish to reach out to Drs. Ali and Tamir Mosharrafa of Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery. They and their team will discuss if breast implant replacement is right for you. Schedule a consultation today to learn about your options.

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