There are a number of reasons why women choose to have their breast implants replaced. It may be for one of the following:
- You may feel your breasts look too “fake” and prefer a more naturally full look
- For other women, it is an opportunity to increase the size – perhaps they loved their first breast augmentation, but regretted being cautious on the size
- If your implants look too high or low or have rippled, then you may be considering a replacement to get the look you want
- If you have lost or gained weight, or simply had implants for 10-15 years and your body has changed, then you may be seeking replacement implants to keep your shape/size
Having had one breast augmentation, a re-augmentation is generally more straightforward than the previous operation as the “pocket” or “capsule” for the implant is already there. Your surgeon can advise on the likely outcome of the operation and what sort of recovery experience you should expect.
Breast implant technology has advanced rapidly and the latest options give more choice than ever before, so you can achieve just the look you want.
Breast Implant Removal
While the majority of women tend to seek a replacement of their implants, you can opt to have them removed altogether. It’s a very personal decision and one that only you can make. However, our expert cosmetic surgeons will be happy to give you all the professional advice you need.
The Implant Replacement / Removal Procedure
As with the original breast augmentation, the procedure is normally carried out under General Anaesthetic and involves an overnight stay.
Breast re-augmentation (i.e. implant replacement) is usually quite straightforward and less painful than the first procedure as the pocket is already there, although you should certainly expect some discomfort.
If implants are removed and not replaced, then pain is generally minimal. However, if the implants and capsules (i.e. scar tissue around the old implant) are removed, then you should expect pain similar to the original procedure.If only the implants are removed, then pain is generally minimal. However, if the capsules (i.e. scar tissue around the old implant) are also removed, then you should expect pain similar to the original procedure.
Response to the procedures in terms of pain does vary.
Allergan Implants for your Peace of Mind
As part of our commitment to ensuring you get the best results possible from your breast surgery, The Hospital Group invest in the latest breast implants from the world’s leading supplier, Allergan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I need to have my implants replaced ?
Implants can be replaced for many reasons, including wanting to change the shape or size of the implants, breasts change due to weight loss or gain, age or having children.
Will there be the same amount of discomfort ?
The pocket or capsule has already been made so if the implants are going in the same position, for example under or over the muscle, there should be less discomfort than the previous procedure.
Is the recovery the same ?
Having a breast implant replacement should be treated the same as the initial procedure, 1 week off work and 4-6 weeks recovery.
Will there be more scarring ?
Where ever possible the surgeon will use the existing scar for the incision, there may be instances where an uplift may also be required and more scarring would then be necessary but the surgeon will discuss this in full at consultation.
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace of Big Brother fame chose The Hospital Group for her breast re-augmentation. We helped her achieve a more natural, flattering shape as well as a modest increase in cup size. We also corrected her wide gap she seemed to have between her implants after her first breast enlargement procedure, resulting in her breasts looking less fake.
If you would like to learn more regarding this cosmetic surgery procedure then why not book a free, no obligation consultation with a GMC registered cosmetic surgeon and dedicated patient care co-ordinator.
At your consultation you will be able to discuss the procedure in detail and ask any questions you may have. Many of our patient care co-ordinators have in fact had a procedure themselves so can share their experience with you first hand.