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Breast Implant Removal/Replacement
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There are several reasons why you may need a breast revision surgery, from a change in your aesthetic preferences to medical issues. Whether you’re experiencing discomfort, implant rupture or capsular contracture, it may be time to consider having your implants removed and replaced. 

Reasons for Implant Removal

While breast augmentation is a popular and successful procedure, some patients may find themselves needing breast revision surgery or removal for various reasons. Some of the common reasons for breast implant removal include:

Rupture or Leakage: Saline and silicone implants can rupture or leak, and while a saline implant leak is typically harmless and can be easily detected, a silicone implant rupture can go unnoticed for some time. Patients who experience a ruptured implant may notice changes in the shape or size of their breasts, as well as a reduction in breast volume. If you experience a rupture or leakage, it is essential to consult a plastic surgeon immediately to discuss your options.

Capsular Contracture: Capsular contracture is a condition where scar tissue forms around the breast implant, resulting in a hard, painful breast. This condition can occur within the first few months or even years after breast augmentation. In some cases, the only way to resolve the issue is to remove the implant and replace it with a new one.

Cosmetic Reasons: Breast implant removal may be desired for cosmetic reasons, such as a change in personal preferences or a desire to return to a more natural look. Additionally, breast implants may no longer match your body shape or size, and removing them may help achieve a more natural, balanced look.

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, it is important to discuss your options with a qualified plastic surgeon. They will be able to evaluate your situation and provide guidance on the best course of action for your unique needs.

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Reasons for Implant Replacement

Breast revision surgery, or implant replacement, may be necessary for a number of reasons. In some cases, women may want to upgrade their implant size, shape, or type. Others may want to replace an older implant that is leaking or causing discomfort. Additionally, some women may need breast revision surgery if they experience changes in their breast tissue due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

If you are considering breast revision surgery, it’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience in this area. Your surgeon will evaluate your individual case and provide recommendations for the best course of action. They can also provide information on the different types of implants available, and help you select the best option for your needs.

Regardless of your reason for breast revision surgery, it’s important to remember that the procedure is a serious one. Like any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, and complications with anesthesia. It’s important to discuss these risks with your plastic surgeon, as well as your expectations for the surgery and the outcome.

If you’re considering breast revision surgery, take the time to research your options and find a qualified, experienced surgeon. With the right care and attention, you can achieve the beautiful, natural-looking results you’re after.

Saline vs Silicone Implants

When considering breast implant removal and replacement, it is important to understand the differences between saline and silicone implants. Both types of implants have advantages and disadvantages, so it is essential to discuss your options with a plastic surgeon to determine which one is right for you.

Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater and are less expensive than silicone implants. They can also be adjusted in size during surgery, which is useful for women who desire small or incremental changes. Saline implants are more prone to rippling, which is when the implant creates visible ripples on the surface of the breast. This is less common in women with thicker breast tissue.

Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive gel that more closely resembles breast tissue. They are softer and feel more natural than saline implants. They are also less likely to ripple or wrinkle and are often a better option for women with less natural breast tissue. However, silicone implants are more expensive and require regular monitoring with an MRI to detect any ruptures or leaks. 

Ultimately, the choice between saline and silicone implants is a personal decision and should be based on your individual needs and preferences. Your plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the best option for your unique situation.

Regardless of which type of implant you choose, it is important to schedule regular follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon to ensure that your implants remain in good condition and do not cause any health issues. If you experience any discomfort or notice any changes in your breasts, such as hardening, swelling, or changes in shape, contact your surgeon immediately.


Breast implant removal and replacement surgery typically involves general anesthesia and takes around two to three hours to complete. The exact procedure will vary depending on the reason for the surgery and the type of implants being used.

During the surgery, the surgeon will make incisions in the breast area and remove the existing implants. If there is any scar tissue or damage to the breast tissue, this will also be removed or repaired. The surgeon may also perform a breast lift or other procedure at this time to improve the overall appearance of the breasts.

Once the old implants are removed, the surgeon will insert the new implants. The new implants may be placed in the same position as the old implants or may be positioned differently depending on the desired outcome.

If the new implants are a different size than the old implants, the surgeon may need to make adjustments to the breast pocket to accommodate the new size. They may also use a temporary sizer to ensure that the new implants are the correct size and shape before inserting the final implant.

Once the new implants are in place, the surgeon will close the incisions using sutures or surgical tape. They may also apply a dressing or bandage to the breasts to help with healing.

Most patients will need to stay overnight in the hospital following breast implant removal and replacement surgery. Recovery time will vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery, but most patients can expect to be back to their normal activities within six to eight weeks.


After undergoing breast implant removal and replacement, recovery time varies from person to person. In general, patients should expect to experience some pain and discomfort in the chest area for the first few days following the procedure. Pain medications can be prescribed by the surgeon to manage any discomfort.

Swelling and bruising can also occur, but these usually resolve within a week or two. Patients may need to wear a compression garment for several days or weeks to help minimize swelling and promote healing.

It is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon, including limitations on physical activity and the use of support bras. Most patients are able to return to work and other regular activities within a week or two, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks.

It is also important to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor healing progress and address any concerns or questions. With proper care and attention during the recovery process, patients can expect to see great results and enjoy their newly improved breasts.

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