Breast Procedures

Breast Implant Exchange

The Quick Facts about Breast Implant Exchange

Length of Breast Implant Exchange Procedure: 1 - 3 Hours
Anesthesia: General
In or Outpatient Procedure: Outpatient
The goal of breast implant revision surgery is to replace old breast implants with new implants. Often the goal is also to change or improve the appearance of the breasts while updating the implant material, which could include:

A concurrent breast lift or reduction
Reshaping the breast implant pocket to reposition the implant on the chest
Either increasing or decreasing the size, shape or style of the breast implant

The desire to have breast implant exchange can be because of any of the following reasons:

Desire to change the size of the breasts
Pain from capsular contracture
Concern about rupture or migration of implant
Change from saline to silicone or different style of implant

Over time, breast implants can change shape or size, and the overlying breast tissue can also change, creating an appearance or feel to the breast that is less desirable than the original result. Also, many breast implants have a lifetime warranty on the actual implant device, but after ten years the costs associated with having surgery to replace the implants are no longer covered. Because of this, many women will elect to replace or update their breast implants at or around the 10-year time frame.

Breast implant exchange surgery is not a standard or routine procedure and needs to be tailored specifically to the patient's goals and desires. Therefore, this surgery should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-trained and experienced in all types of breast surgery and who will listen to the patient's goals and desires and will develop a surgical plan specifically to address all of the issues at the time of surgery.
For additional information on breast implant exchange visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for this procedure.

*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary and specific results are not guaranteed.