Most patients that have undergone a breast augmentation understand that sooner or later they will need to replace their implants. Generally, people think this is every ten years or so, but this isn’t always the case. The time frame will vary greatly depending on the individual. It’s recommended that you visit your surgeon on a yearly basis to ensure you are not only happy with your implants but to make sure no complications have occurred. If the girls are looking happy, then so should you be!
Common Reasons for Replacing Implants
There are many different reasons a person may want to replace their implants. The most common being that they are no longer satisfied with the size. When implants shift or become displaced, replacement surgery will most likely be recommended. Patients may want to change the type of implant they have (saline, silicone, gummy bear, tear drop, etc.). Complications can also arise when there is a rupture or leak. Capsular contractures occur when scar tissue forms around the implant causing it to become hard or misshapen. If your implants are causing any pain or discomfort you may need to replace or remove your implants altogether.
Many women choose to replace their implants after having children and breastfeeding. In these cases, patients will also opt for a breast lift along with the implant replacement.
The procedure will vary depending on the reason for the replacement or removal of your implants. A simple implant replacement procedure is a very common and easy process. The breast is opened up and the implant is removed. The breast is then prepared for the new implant, and once this has been inserted, the breast is sutured back up. More complicated procedures take place when a leak or rupture of the implant occurs. Capsular contractures, for example, require the surgeon to remove the old implant, along with the scar tissue that has formed around the implant. At times due to complications, re-inserting the implant may not even be an option.
Recovery Time for Replacing Implants
Usually, the recovery time for implant replacement surgery is quite short. Most patients will be able to go home the same day. You’ll be able to return to your daily routine within a few days, refraining from any strenuous activity. Most implant replacement recoveries will be similar to the original surgery itself, usually taking a couple weeks to a couple months for the implant to settle. Recovery time will also depend on the type of replacement surgery you’ve undergone, the size, and the placement of the implant.
If your implants are causing you any pain or discomfort, it’s crucial that you consult your surgeon right away to avoid any possible complications. It is also important that you let your surgeon know if you are not satisfied with the overall look of your breasts after surgery. As the body changes, the girls will shift around a little; if this is the case it may be time to get them replaced.