Breast Implant Replacement

Breast implants are safe and durable but they don’t last for ever. They tend to last for up to 20 years but during that time will show signs of wear and tear. This can take the form of small tears or a rupture in the outer shell. This damage will result in leakage in both the saline and silicone gel types of implant.

Other issues include a compression of the implant due to abnormal thickening of the scar tissue or capsule surrounding the implant. This is known as capsular contracture.

Other issues associated with breast implants include rippling, extrusion and migration. These are situations in which the implant moves out of position, is seen by the patient because the incisions have burst or appears to ripple. Rippling is where the liquid inside the implant moves, usually because the implant has not been completely filled.

The first indication that an implant is ‘faulty’ is a change in shape or size. If the implant is leaking then you will notice that your breast has become smaller and softer. If it is a saline implant then the salt water liquid will be absorbed by and flushed out of the body. If you have had the silicone gel version then this too will be absorbed by the body.

Another factor is that some women are not happy with the implants: they may feel that they are positioned too high or too low. They may also feel that they do not look ‘natural’.

Who is not suitable for implant replacement?

The reasons for this are the same as for implant removal.

Unless the implants are causing a physical problem, then you will find that your surgeon would prefer to leave them where they are. It is often the case that the risk of removing them outweigh the risk of leaving them where they are.

Your reasons for wanting the implants to be removed or replaced will have to be discussed with your surgeon.

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