Why Get My Breast Implants Replaced?
There are many reasons why patients opt for breast implant revision. Some patients are not happy with the results of a previous breast implant surgery, while others have grown dissatisfied with the size and shape of their implants over time. Physical changes, aging and weight fluctuations are all factors that affect the decision to replace breast implants. Some patients want larger breast implants, while others want smaller, more natural-looking implants.
Breast implants may also need to be replaced for medical reasons. Though advances in plastic surgery technology have resulted in safer procedures and fewer complications, breast implants will need to be replaced if they rupture or tear. Additionally, breast implants that lead to an infection will need to be replaced. Patients may also develop capsular contracture from their breast implants; this occurs when scar tissue around the implant hardens and causes pain, as well as an uneven appearance. It is recommended that patients with capsular contracture get their breast implants replaced as soon as possible.
Some patients seek breast implant replacement to switch to safer, more natural-looking implants. Many patients seek breast implant replacement to remove their silicone implants and replace them with saline implants. Breast implant complications may be more common with older, silicone-based breast implants. Dr. Brandow only uses saline breast implants when performing breast implant revision and breast augmentation to ensure patient safety and achieve long-lasting results. Saline implants provide a more natural feel, look and shape, as well as reduce breast asymmetries.
Dr. Brandow has decades of experience performing breast revision surgery in the Philadelphia area and can address any questions you may have during your consultation for breast implant correction.
Who Is a Candidate for Breast Implant Replacement in Philadelphia?
- If you are not satisfied with the results of a previous breast implant procedure.
- If you want to alter the size or shape of your breast implants.
- If you want a different type of breast implant.
- If your breast implant has ruptured.
- If you are experiencing an infection from your breast implant.
- If your breast implants need to be replaced from normal breakdown.
- If your breast implants need to be replaced for medical reasons.
Intended Results of Breast Implant Revision
Breast implant correction is designed to remove and replace your breast implants to improve upon the results of a past breast augmentation procedure. In some cases, breast implant revision is required due to the unsatisfactory results of a less-skilled surgeon. Not every cosmetic surgeon has the necessary training or an expert understanding of breast augmentation. It is important to choose a qualified surgeon who has experience performing complex procedures. Our top cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Brandow, can replace your existing breast implants with new implants that best achieve your procedure goals. The size and shape of your breast implants can be customized to ensure the most natural-looking result. Additionally, breast implant replacement can alleviate functional issues (including implant ruptures) and medical conditions, such as capsular contracture or infections.
Breast Implant Replacement Procedure Description
Breast implant replacement is performed on an outpatient basis in the Philadelphia area. General anesthesia is usually administered. During your procedure, a tiny incision is made around the breast and your existing implant is removed along with surrounding scar tissue. Your new breast implant is then inserted and the incision is closed. Dr. Brandow can discuss the specifics of your breast implant revision surgery in more detail during your consultation.
Recuperation and Healing After Replacement of Breast Implants in Philadelphia
The exact timeframes of recovery will vary from patient to patient. However, you can expect some bruising and swelling to occur in subsequent weeks. Patients are given an elastic bra that holds the breasts in the correct position to ensure optimal healing. Sutures are usually removed within 7-12 days. You can resume light activities as tolerated. Moving or sliding your breast implants within the breast pockets during your recovery can reduce the chance of wrinkling.
Other Options to Enhance Breast Implant Correction in Philadelphia
Breast implant revision can also be combined with breast lift surgery to further improve the appearance of your breasts. During a breast lift, sagging breast skin is lifted and tightened for a firmer-look. Your nipples and areolas can also be repositioned and reshaped during this procedure for natural-looking results.
Insurance Guidelines for Breast Implant Revision in Philadelphia
Breast implant replacement is usually considered a cosmetic procedure and is not always covered by insurance. In some medical instances, the removal of breast implants may be covered (or partially covered) by your insurance. We recommend you reach out to your health care provider to discuss coverage for breast implant correction.
Notes on Getting Breast Implant Replacement in Philadelphia
The risks and suitability of undergoing breast implant revision can only be determined at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Occasionally, minor complications that do not affect the overall outcome may occur. Major complications are considered rare.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL):
Women who have saline or silicone gel breast implants may have a small and possibly increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). ALCL is a rare cancer of the immune system that can occur anywhere in the body, including the scar capsule next to your breast implant. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1 in 500,000 women per year in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALCL. ALCL of the breast occurs in approximately 3 in 100 million women per year in the U.S. Breast implant replacement requires a thorough understanding of patient anatomy and comprehensive planning. Dr. Brandow is committed to helping his patients fully understand every aspect of breast surgery and addressing any concerns or questions they may have.