Breast Implant Replacement

Breast Implant Replacement in Newcastle & Sydney NSW

  • Are your implants the wrong size or just too old?
  • Do you worry about having a rupture or textured implants?
  • Have you been thinking of having your breast implants replaced?

Breast Implant Replacement can help you feel happy with your updated breast implants. Dr Scott Turner is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Breast Implant Expert in Newcastle & Sydney.

When patients decide to have breast implants they probably don’t think about the necessity of having their breast implants replaced. Yet, many women decide to have them replaced, as a result of a change of mind or lifestyle or experiencing implant complications.

Some women also want their implants replaced because they are concerned about potential health issues that may be related to implant rupture or having textured implants, or they want a size change.

Breast Implant Removal

 

 

 

About Breast Implant Replacement Surgery

Breast implant replacement is a type of Breast implant revision surgery and is an increasingly common procedure among women who want their older breast implants removed and replaced with a more modern silicone implant.

The need for replacement may range from wanting different-sized implants that suit your new body image to dissatisfaction from the results obtained from unskilled cosmetic surgeons. You may also seek breast implant replacement If you have developed complications from a previous surgery.

Am I an ideal candidate for breast implant replacement surgery?

You are an ideal candidate for the surgery if:

  • You are unhappy with the size, shape and appearance of your breast, following implant placement
  • You are concerned about the condition of your current implants
  • Your current implant is causing you medical problems
  • You are physically fit to undergo the surgery
  • You are a non-smoker and you have realistic expectations from the surgery

What are the benefits of breast implant replacement surgery?

There are many benefits associated with the surgery, which include:

  • Replacing heavier implants with smaller implants help improve posture and relieve neck, shoulder and back pain
  • It helps create symmetry between the breasts; in cases of unilateral breast sagging or asymmetry created by previous surgery
  • It helps reduce the risk of breast implant illness and cancer associated with textured breast implants
  • It helps provide natural and aesthetic results as per your needs
  • Increased self-confidence

The Implant Replacement Procedure

  1. Administering the anesthesia

Breast replacement surgery can be done under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Turner will recommend the best choice of anesthesia for you.

  1. The Incision

In your breast implant revision surgery, irrespective of the site of the previous site the incision is usually made via an inframammary approach. The incision in this technique is made inconspicuously at the base of your breast to minimize the extent of post-operative scarring.

Other incision techniques that can be used for the surgery include:

  • Peri-areolar incision
  • Breast lift incision

The type of incision used will be based depending upon the procedure and degree of revision required.

  • Implant removal

Your previous implant is removed using an En-bloc implant removal technique. In this technique, your implant along with the breast capsule is removed in one piece (en-bloc). Removing the capsule together with the implant helps remove any fluid accumulated within the capsule preventing it from leaking into the breast tissue. En bloc implant removal also prevents recurrence of capsular contracture.

  • Implant replacement

After removal of the implant along with its capsule, they will get replaced by new implants. The size, shape and pocket of insertion of the new implant will be predetermined before the surgery depending on your needs. Sometimes changing the position of the implant pockets made for the initial implant may be required. Sometimes a breast lift may be required along with the revision surgery depending on your skin quality.

  1. Closing the incision

After insertion of the new implant, using internal sutures the breast is reshaped and the implants are held in place; following which skin is sutured and secured with adhesives. The sutures will be taken out after 5-8 days of the surgery.

  1. Recovery

Breast implant replacement surgery is done as a day procedure meaning you can return home on the day of the surgery itself. It takes about an hour to complete. You’ll have gauze dressing and bandages applied to the incision site, and drains placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may accumulate over time.

You’ll have to wear a compression garment or compression bra for at least two to four week after the surgery. This garment accelerates your breast’s healing process and reduces pain and swelling associated with the procedure.

You’ll be able to recover anywhere from one to two weeks, mostly depending on your health condition and your natural healing ability. It is recommended that you take at least a week or two off post the process depending on the rehabilitation. You should avoid smoking and strenuous exercises for at least six weeks, as it may hamper both your recovery and results.

During the first week following surgery, you should keep your upper body raised by about 30 degrees when sitting and sleeping as doing so aids in wound healing and remission of swelling. You should sleep on your back as it prevents the implant from slipping over. You should gradually notice the results which will improve over time. You should gradually notice the results which will improve over time.

Your Breast Implant Replacement journey

  • Consultation

Consultation forms the first part of your journey where you will have an in-depth discussion with your surgeon about the procedure to see if you meet the criteria to undergo surgery. Dr. Turner will take a detailed medical history and enquire if you smoke, as smoking is known to adversely affect your results following the surgery.

Here, Dr. Turner will assess your current breast implant and tell you about the various types of breast implants available and the options available for your implant revision and recommend the best course of treatment for you. Dr. Turner will also ask you about your goals for the procedure. You should be reasonable and honest about your expectations as it may help you in getting your desired outcome.

You will be explained the modality of the procedure in full, along with the potential complications and risks involved. You should be inquisitive as much as possible and ask if you have any queries or doubts. You will be expected to refrain from using aspirin or other blood-thinning to prevent excessive bruising and stop smoking 3-4 weeks before the surgery. You’ll be given an estimate for total cost and the choice for payment information will also be disclosed to you during this phase.

  • Procedure

Depending on Dr. Turner’s recommendation either general or intravenous anesthesia will be used. Generally, the incision is made through an inframammary approach, where it is made as inconspicuously possible at the base of your breast to minimize the extent of post-operative scarring. The type of incision that will be used will depend on the procedure and the amount of revision required. Apart from the inframammary approach, other techniques like the peri-areolar incision or the breast lift incision can be used.

The previous implant is removed along with the breast capsule in one piece using a technique known as the En-bloc implant removal technique. Removing the capsule together with the implant helps remove any fluid accumulated within the capsule preventing it from leaking into the breast tissue and also prevents recurrence of capsular contracture.

After removal of the implant along with its capsule, they will get swapped with the new implants. The size, shape and pocket of insertion of the new implant will be predetermined before the surgery depending on your needs. In some cases, changing the position of the implant pockets made for the previous implant might be required.

Depending on the skin quality of your breasts in order to get your desired result, sometimes a breast lift might be required along with the revision surgery.

After swapping the implant, the breast is reshaped and the implants are held in place through the help of internal sutures. Then the skin is sutured and secured with adhesives. These sutures will be taken out after 5-8 days of the surgery.

  • Recovery

The procedure is usually a day procedure meaning you can return home on the day of the surgery itself. It takes about an hour to complete. You’ll have gauze dressing and bandages applied to the incision site, and drains placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may accumulate over time.

You’ll have to wear a compression garment or compression bra for at least two to four week after the surgery. This garment accelerates your breast’s healing process and reduces pain and swelling associated with the procedure.

You’ll be able to recover anywhere from one to two weeks, mostly depending on your health condition and your natural healing ability. It is recommended that you take at least a week or two off post the process depending on the rehabilitation. You should avoid smoking and strenuous exercises for at least six weeks, as it may hamper both your recovery and results.

During the first week following surgery, you should keep your upper body raised by about 30 degrees when sitting and sleeping as doing so aids in wound healing and remission of swelling. You should sleep on your back as it prevents the implant from slipping over. You should gradually notice the results which will improve over time.

Choices for Breast implant replacement

  • Implant replacement: Your previous breast implant is swapped with a new one. The new implant can be of your desired shape, size and type of filler material.
  • Fat transfer breast augmentation:  Here, unwanted fats from different parts of your body are suctioned out using liposuction and inserted into your breasts to improve their shape and size.
  • Hybrid breast augmentation: This technique uses both implant and fat giving your breast a more enhanced appearance.

Risks and complications of Breast Implant Replacement

Apart from general risks like adverse effects to the anesthetic, scarring, infection and bruising specific risks and complications related to breast implant replacement include:

  • Wrinkling of skin over the implant
  • Faulty position of the implant
  • Breast Implant Illness (BII)
  • Leaking or rupturing of the implant
  • Capsular contracture
  • Breast pain
  • Additional surgeries to remove the ruptured or rotated implant
  • Breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

Breast Implant Replacement FAQs

When should I get my implants replaced?

You should consider replacing your implants if:

  • It has hardened
  • It has ruptured
  • It has changed its position
  • It has flipped from its original position.
  • It is causing you pain, discomfort and loss of sensation around your breast
  • Either one or both of your implants has deflated

How often do you have to replace silicone breast implants?

A silicone breast implant usually lasts for 10-20 years; but in case of any medical or cosmetic complication, you might have to get them removed sooner. 

What happens if you don’t replace breast implants?

If your implants are not causing you any cosmetic concern or medical complication you do not have to replace your breast implants. But, if your implants rupture then it may cause you medical complications like capsular contracture if it is not replaced. 

How long is surgery to replace breast implants?

Time taken to replace a breast implant will depend on the type of surgery to be performed. On average, surgery to replace breast implants can take around one to three hours. 

Is a breast implant worth it?

If you are conscious about the lack of size of your breasts or have asymmetric breasts and nipples, and these are causing you to lose self-confidence, a breast implant is worth it. Getting a new implant or replacing old implants helps boost your confidence. This gives your breasts the size you always desired and increases your wardrobe option.

What happens to your breasts when you remove implants?

When you remove implants from your breasts, depending on the size of implants removed it can have the following effects on your breasts:

  • Removal of the larger implant may distort the breast by making the skin sag and deflating the breasts. 
  • Removal of a smaller implant may cause your breast to sag due to the natural effects of gravity and age.

What are the benefits of breast implant replacement surgery?

There are many benefits associated with the surgery, which include:

  • Replacing heavier implants with smaller implants help improve posture and relieve neck, shoulder and back pain
  • It helps create symmetry between the breasts; in cases of unilateral breast sagging or asymmetry created by previous surgery
  • It helps reduce the risk of breast implant illness and cancer associated with textured breast implants
  • It helps provide natural and aesthetic results as per your needs
  • Increased self-confidence

Does it hurt to replace breast implants?

Breast implant replacement surgery is done under anesthetics so that you have minimal pain during the procedure.

Medical references – Further Reading

Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures.

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Find out more about pricing, medical payment plans and paying for your surgery
  • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us

How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

Contact us or call on  1300 641 199  to arrange your consultation in Sydney or Newcastle.

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