There a variety of reasons that you may want to exchange your implants. Some people want to switch implant types. So, they go from silicone to saline or vice versa. Other people want to change the size because they are unhappy with the look. Also, most implants have an expiration date. Depending on what exactly you want to be done, the procedure takes between 45 to 90 minutes in total.
The recovery period for breast revision surgery takes several weeks. Most patients can return to work within a week of the surgery, but strenuous activity should be limited for up to six weeks. Also tanning, swimming, or wearing a regular bra will be prohibited until the six-week mark or until cleared by your doctor. Scars may be visible for up to six months, at which time they will begin to soften and fade.
Most insurance companies consider breast implants to be cosmetic in use and not necessary. Unless the breast implant surgery is combined with breast reconstruction for breast cancer. The breast implant replacement is no different, most insurance companies will not cover the costs unless it is for a medical reason.
Breast implants have been shown to last with no complications on average between ten and twenty years.
Generally, most patients with capsular contracture won’t notice any change in the look of their breasts unless it is very severe. The lowest grade of capsular contracture is asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) whereas the highest-grade results in hard, misshapen breasts that are sore and painful to touch. Most patients with capsular contracture may notice feeling some breast soreness but no change to the look of their breasts.
During the first couple of weeks after your breast augmentation, you will need to wear a compression garment to hold your chest in place and help minimize swelling. A sports bra can be an option if cleared by your surgeon. After the compression garment is worn for a couple weeks, you will need to wear a wireless bra, like a sports bra, until you are fully recovered.
Most patients do find that their breast implant surgery is much easier the second time than the first. This is because the skin and muscle have already been stretched for the first surgery so there is less discomfort associated with this procedure.