The process of removing a breast implant and replacing it with a new one is more complicated than you might assume. When any device is implanted within the body, your body will create new tissue that encapsulates it; this is the body’s way of healing and adapting to the presence of the new device. Capsules inevitably happen with most any type of bodily implant and also with breast implants. When having a breast implant exchange procedure, these capsules must be removed completely along with the old implants. If the breast capsules are not addressed properly, your provider cannot ensure that your new implants will position well or sit appropriately.
It’s also important to note when patients come in for a breast implant exchange, they may also need a breast lift due to time and gravity causing their breasts to sag. Sometimes, a breast lift or mastopexy is recommended to help tighten the skin and breast tissue, and restore the breasts to a youthful, perky appearance. However, not all patients require a breast lift, and your surgeon will discuss with you what you may need for your specific circumstances.
In most cases, our surgeons are able to remove the older implants through the original incision sites, which minimizes any additional scarring. Old capsules are removed as needed, and a breast lift may also be performed. Before the breast implant exchange surgery, you’ll have a full consultation with your surgeon, who can tell you more about what you can expect from the process and even show you before and after photos of patients just like you.
If you’re ready to set up a consultation about your breast implant exchange, contact H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery at your next opportunity.