After undergoing breast augmentation, the results typically last for many years. However, what happens if you want to further change the appearance of the breasts? Breast implant exchange is ideal for those looking to alter the shape or size of the breasts after having implants. It is becoming increasingly popular, but what exactly is it and what does it involve? Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the procedure.
What is a breast implant exchange?
A breast implant exchange is also referred to as breast re-augmentation. It involves basically switching the existing implant for a different one.
The procedure is similar to that used in the original breast implant procedure. It is performed under general anaesthetic and will usually involve going through the existing scar from the previous surgery.
If you are opting for a larger size implant, the pocket may need to be extended to accommodate the larger size.
What problems can it address?
There are many reasons why you may choose to undergo this procedure. These include:
- You are no longer happy with the size and shape of the original implant
- You have gained or lost weight
- The original implants are due to be replaced or removed
If you’ve gained or lost weight since your original implant, it can alter the look of the initial results. Therefore, if no further weight gain or loss is expected, a breast implant exchange can help to create more aesthetically pleasing results.
Are there any risks involved?
Like all cosmetic surgery procedures, there are risks. The size and shape of the nipple could be impacted, which could mean it has to be moved. You may also experience swelling and redness, along with a loss of sensation in the nipple. However, any loss of sensation is usually only temporary.
Until the results have settled, you may find the breasts also look a little uneven. Besides this, the risks and complications are the same as they were in the original breast implant procedure.
Combining breast implant exchange with a breast lift
For best results, a breast implant exchange is often combined with a breast lift. This is especially ideal for patients who have experienced weight loss or sagging of the skin. The two procedures combined will leave you with the most natural-looking results.
If you’re considering a breast implant exchange, book a consultation today. This will help you to determine whether the procedure is right for you.