Breast implant exchange surgery is done for women who are unhappy with their current breast implant size, type, shape, or overall appearance. Some women may also experience complications such as capsular contracture or major changes to the appearance of their breast as a result of pregnancy or other factors that warrant breast implant exchange.
In some cases, patients may be unhappy with the final results of their initial breast augmentation. Their final results may be too big or too small depending on their desired results, or they may be unhappy with the shape of their breasts and overall appearance. The breast implants can be exchanged for either larger breast implants or smaller breast implants. Some patients may also change their mind on the type of breast implant and may wish to undergo breast implant exchange to switch from saline to silicone implants.
Another common reason for breast implant exchange is changes in aesthetic preferences over time. Some women may have preferred larger implants when they were younger but may feel like switching to a smaller size better suits their aesthetic needs now that they are older. Other women may want larger breast implants for more dramatic enhancement.
Major changes in weight, pregnancy, and the effects of aging can also cause changes to the appearance of the breasts following breast augmentation. In these cases, breast implant exchange can be performed in order to address sagging, enhance breast shape, and restore the overall appearance of the breasts.
In some cases, issues may develop following breast augmentation that require surgery to correct. This can include issues such as: ● Capsular contracture ● Implant rupture ● Implant malposition
It’s extremely important that you fill out your paperwork correctly regarding any medications or supplements you take as they might interfere with the smoothness and safety of your surgery. Also, if you’re a smoker, you should stop smoking at least 15 days prior to your procedure.
Swelling and bruising are to be expected and should clear up over the coming weeks. A compression garment may need to be worn during the recovery process to help manage swelling and provide additional support. Any pain or discomfort can be managed through medication. The exact amount of time needed to recover from breast implant exchange varies from patient to patient. Most patients will need at least a week of recovery before they can return to their normal activities including returning to work. Strenuous activity like exercise and heavy lifting will need to be avoided for a minimum of 6 weeks.