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Implant Replacement

The implant replacement procedure is performed to do just what it suggests; take out and replace breasts implants. There may be a variety of reasons why a woman wants, or needs to exchange her breast implants, including: to replace old implants, to change the shape and size, to correct capsular contracture (a condition that can occur as a result of having implants inserted), change the positioning of the implant or to update the implants for a more advanced model.

Capsular contracture can be a common condition that occurs through a build-up of scar tissue that encases the implant (known as a capsule). This capsule can naturally develop in response to the insertion of an implant, and can in some cases cause discomfort, and change the shape and feel of the breasts. A capsulectomy may need to be performed if this concern arises; often alongside an implant exchange.

Reshape & Restore Procedures - Implant Replacement

The implant replacement procedure is performed to do just what it suggests; take out and replace breasts implants. There may be a variety of reasons why a woman wants, or needs to exchange her breast implants, including: to replace old implants, to change the shape and size, to correct capsular contracture (a condition that can occur as a result of having implants inserted), change the positioning of the implant or to update the implants for a more advanced model.

Capsular contracture can be a common condition that occurs through a build-up of scar tissue that encases the implant (known as a capsule). This capsule can naturally develop in response to the insertion of an implant, and can in some cases cause discomfort, and change the shape and feel of the breasts. A capsulectomy may need to be performed if this concern arises; often alongside an implant exchange.

At a Glance

Duration

3 hours

Type Of Anaesthetic

General anaesthetic

Return To Work (job dependent)

3 weeks

Day Case / Overnight

Overnight stay

Bra / Garment To Be Worn For

6 weeks

Return To Gym

4-6 weeks

In-depth Procedure Information

The Consultation

Discussing your reasons for requiring an implant exchange can take place at a thorough, yet relaxed conversation during a consultation. An examination of your breasts will also need to be carried out so we can determine that, along with your concerns, the right approach can be taken in order to meet with your individual needs and expectations. We will explain the procedure in depth, so you know exactly what to expect in terms of the techniques we will use, end result, recovery and any potential complications that may occur.

Implant replacement is a procedure that is often required as a necessity, just as much as it can be desired, and a patient will always need to consider this when thinking about having implants for the first time. Some of our past patients will always be happy to share their experiences with you, should you find this reassuring.

The Procedure

The shape and size of the new implant will be discussed and decided at your consultation. Whether the new implant will be placed in the existing pocket or whether a new one will need to be created will also be discussed at the consultation. These factors will determine the types of techniques that will be used and how the procedure will be performed. Typically, the incisions will be made where existing scars are situated, depending on how the implants were initially placed. The implant is then removed, along with any additional scar tissue (capsule). The new implant is then put in place, either where the old one used to sit, or in a new position. The wounds are closed using stitches and dressings will be applied.

Aftercare & Results

As you would have experienced before, there will be certain instructions given to you in order to achieve a successful recovery and end result. You will need to care for your wounds appropriately, ensuring you bathe safely and wear a supportive garment that helps with any swelling. Pain killers will need to be taken to manage your sensitivity and discomfort and you will need to take time off work, refrain from driving and only resume your usual activities when you are advised to do so.

The results will usually take between 6 and 8 weeks to fully develop, when all swelling and bruising has subsided. Depending on your reasons for having the procedure, the outcome may vary. For those who are updating or replacing implants that are 15 years old or more, a similar outcome may be seen. However, if the implants are to create a different shape, size or position, the breasts may look more natural and aesthetically pleasing – in keeping with your preferred ideals. When capsular contracture has been experienced, replacing the implants can produce an outcome that improves shape, size, physical comfort and texture of the breasts.

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FAQ's

Each case will be treated individually, taking into account the patient’s own personal reasons and concerns for requesting an implant replacement. These factors will help to put together a customised treatment plan that outlines the details of the recommended procedure and the results that can be reached. A replacement procedure may be needed if: the shape, size and position of the breasts needs changing, implants are 15 years old or more, the patient would prefer a more updated version of implant or capsular contracture has developed.

As with the insertion of implants, the procedure for implant replacement is considered to be a safe procedure that has been updated and developed in order to meet safer and more professional standards. It has been the safety of the actual implant that has come under much scrutiny in recent years, and may have caused many prospective patients some doubt over the possible impact to their well-being if they want to have implants – in some cases, causing a surge in replacement procedures for those who are uncertain about the ones they have.

As a result, this has meant that the safety of implants has been reviewed, with further research and developments making implants safer than ever.

Swelling and bruising will occur after surgery, and may last for up to 6 weeks. The incisions will cause some scarring, but if the procedure enables the old wounds to be used, this will be no more visible than before – however, you will need to allow for the scars to fade.

If a capsulectomy has been performed it is important to note that there it is possible for the condition to develop again.

As with other surgical procedures, there is a degree of risk attached. This will all be explained during the consultation.

Certain medications such as aspirin, can delay the healing, as can smoking. Therefore it is advisable to stop these before the surgery. Ensuring you have all the information you need to make the right decision for you, will help you to prepare for surgery. The consultation sessions will provide you with everything you need to know so you can feel assured that this procedure is right for you.

Procedure Pricing Reshape & Restore Pricing

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£5500

Plastic surgery procedures are not off the peg but tailor made, bespoke procedures that vary from person to person. The above prices act as a guide in the standard or average case. The actual cost of surgery may be less or more and will be confirmed after your consultation.

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Prices From

£5500

Plastic surgery procedures are not off the peg but tailor made, bespoke procedures that vary from person to person. The above prices act as a guide in the standard or average case. The actual cost of surgery may be less or more and will be confirmed after your consultation.

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