The big decision was made and you have been living with a fuller bustline thanks to breast implants and the skills of your surgeon. What happens when implants need to be removed or replaced though? Historically, breast implant replacement was commonly performed to manage capsules (scar tissue around the implants). With improvements in surgical techniques and implant innovations, the rate of problems caused by capsules has declined. The reasons for this surgery are now far more varied than just general capsule management.
Clients may be dissatisfied with the size, shape, texture, or positioning of the primary implant or wish to have them replaced due to the age of their implants. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr Doyle conducts a preliminary examination to advise you on the best course of action. This procedure may be subject to Medicare and Health Insurance rebates.
When do breast implants need to be replaced?
There is still a common misconception that breast implants will need to be lifted or replaced every couple of years. This myth has prevented many women from undergoing breast implant surgery. This is mainly because they worry about future surgeries and the associated long-term costs.
In truth, you should only need one or two follow-up surgeries in total. The average lifespan of breast implants is 20 years—although some have been known to last up to 40 years. About 20% of women who undergo breast augmentation will have their breast implants replaced or repaired within ten years of their first surgery.
What’s involved in breast implant replacement surgery
Breast implant removal/replacement is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about an hour to complete. It is usually performed as a day procedure in hospital. In most instances, patients may return to work within 2 to 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks.
When you have a consultation with Dr Doyle at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, he will explain your options to you, and happily answer any questions you may have. If you would like to know more about breast implant replacement, or to book a consultation with Dr Doyle, please contact us today.
How much does breast implant replacement cost?
There is a chance that the cost of your new implants will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty if your implants rupture or leak. In some instances, a portion of the surgery costs will also be covered. For implants that aren’t covered, the final cost of the procedure will vary between patients. Surgeon, hospital and anaesthetist fees will all need to be factored into the final cost of your surgery again. The only way to get a more accurate view of what you should budget for is to schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle.
Will there be additional scarring after breast implant replacement surgery?
During your surgery, Dr Doyle will aim to use the same incisions sites as your last surgery if it’s possible to do so. This way, any scarring can be kept to a minimum. How visible your scars are will again depend on how well you care for the wounds after surgery. This includes keeping the fresh scars out of direct sun.
Will I also need a lift when I replace my implants?
This is mainly dependent on skin elasticity. Age and the weight of your current implants can all have an effect on the breast skin. If your breasts have begun to sag slightly or the nipples are pointing downwards, incorporating a lift into your surgery will produce better results.
Will the risks and complications be the same as breast augmentation?
Yes, the potential risks and complications that could occur will be the same as those associated with breast augmentation. Dr Doyle will take you through all of these details again during your consultation, ensuring you know exactly what to expect. He will also take you through the necessary aftercare instructions again too.
Can my old implants be removed and new ones placed in the same surgery?
Generally, the removal and replacement will take place during one surgery. However, in some instances, two surgeries will be required. If an infection is one of the reasons why your implants need to be removed, you will need to wait a month or two before they can be replaced. Some patients even use this time to see how they would potentially feel with a smaller bust.