Breast implant replacement (or exchange) can be performed for many reasons, such as improvement of cosmetic appearance, change in sizes of implants, or desire for a different type of implant; in some cases, the reason for a replacement implant surgery is a ruptured implant or a capsular contracture.
At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer the procedure to women in Buckhead, Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia.
Breast implant replacement is a cosmetic surgery procedure to replace an implant with a new one. Usually, the outcome is to enhance the appearance of the breast. However, this procedure might be appropriate for you If you have complications, such as:
- Rupture or deflation of the implant;
- Capsule contracture growth;
- Disappointment with the initial outcome;
- The desired improvement in breast size.
To learn more about the option that is right for you, contact us to schedule a personal consultation.
You will meet with Dr. Angelina Postoev before the operation to review your medical history and factors that may affect your outcome of the procedure including:
alcohol or tobacco use;
medications or supplements you are taking.
During the consultation you are encouraged to ask any questions you may have. You will set your goals and discuss which option – breast implant replacement surgery, breast lift, or breast removal – is the best for you.
Together with Dr. Angelina, you can review the type, sizes, shapes, textures of the implants, and try sample implants to decide the correct implants for you. Oral collagen supplements may be given to you a week before your surgery to prevent bruising.
The actual results of the shape or size of your breast implants may change over time. Therefore, the look and feel of your breasts may be less aesthetic than the initial results. The following are additional benefits of breast implant replacement:
Changing your implant size;
Improving tactile sense;
Enhancing your self-esteem.
Breast implant replacement surgery may take approximately an hour. Step by step of the procedure performed is:
You will get anesthesia, Dr. Angelina will recommend which one is best for you.
The surgeon will make an incision. Depending on the type of the procedure, it can be an inframammary incision, breast lift incision, or periareolar incision.
Then, the incisions will be closed.
Breast implant replacement surgery is performed at our surgery center located in Gwinnett county in Loganville, GA, which is convenient to Snellville, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Conyers, and surrounding cities in the metro Atlanta area.
You can see the results of breast implant replacement surgery at least six weeks after the procedure. However, our patients are fully satisfied with the results in 6-12 months after the surgery. You should keep in mind that after breast implants replacement you may need an extra cosmetic treatment to fix, for example, sugging skin or scarring.
On average, breast implants last 10-20 years depending on their type and your activity. To increase that time, you should avoid heavy breast exercises and apply necessary skincare products.
Overall, the healing process after surgery may take around six weeks. You will feel mild pain, swelling, bruising, and tenderness for a few days. However, swelling will disappear gradually until the breast feels normal again. You should follow your doctor’s instructions very carefully and discuss limitations after surgery to get optimal results.
Normally, after surgery, patients experience side effects like bruising, swelling, and tightness in chest.
Once back home, you should track your health condition. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, or irregular heartbeats, you may need medical attention. If those complications continue, hospitalization and additional treatment are needed. However, other complications are extremely rare, such as infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, unsatisfactory results.
Besides, your surgeon usually reminds you regularly to get an ultrasound scan to check the integrity of the implant.
The cost of breast implant revision can start around $7,000 and will depend on the patient’s specific needs and desires. For example, the price can vary if the new implants are silicone or saline, if we are fixing a capsular contracture that needs to be removed along with the existing implant, or if we are exchanging implants to adjust shape and size.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Angelina Postoev, our triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon, all pricing options will be discussed in detail, and our staff will share information about our flexible financing options.
If you are considering breast implant revision we encourage you to meet in person with a professional qualified cosmetic surgeon with a proven track record of helping women achieve excellent results, like Dr. Angelina Postoev.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer breast implant replacement for women in Atlanta, Buckhead, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia.