Implant removal and replacement

Implant removal and replacement

AKA Breast implant removal Breast implant replacement Exchange of implants

Some people choose to have their breast implants removed altogether whilst others choose to have their implants replaced and may combine it with further surgery such as a breast uplift (mastopexy).

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There are several reasons why you may choose to have your breast implants removed and then potentially replaced (also known as exchange of implants). Some of the more common reasons are addressed below:

Has a capsule formed around my breast implant?

When a breast implant is inserted, the body’s natural reaction can be to form a capsule round the implant. This capsule will be soft and pliable round the implant and in the majority of cases, not cause any problems. However, in a small number of cases, the capsule can harden and cause some pain and discomfort (also known as capsular contracture). During surgery, both the capsule and the implant are removed and a replacement implant inserted if the patient so wishes.

Have my breast implants ruptured?

If a breast implant tears or develops a hole, it is known to have ‘ruptured’. Ruptured breast implants can cause the shape of the breast to change or can sometimes cause pain and discomfort. If you suspect you have a ruptured implant, it is advisable to book in to see a consultant so that they can refer you for an ultrasound. Following your ultrasound, the consultant will advise you as to the next steps. If the implant has ruptured, you will need to have it removed as soon as possible.

Personal choice

Some people may decide that their implants are too large or too small and would like to exchange them. Others feel they would like their implants permanently removed. Permanent removal may require additional surgery such as a mastopexy to achieve a good aesthetic result.

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, your surgeon will talk you through your desired outcome and ensure that you have realistic expectations of what is achievable.

What is the recovery period following the surgery?

As with any breast surgery carried out at The Westbourne Centre, the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation meaning there is no overnight stay. During the procedure, patients are given a local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation and painkillers. Patients are not unconscious; they breathe for themselves meaning that patients are able to go home the same day to recover in the comfort of their own home.


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