When Should I Opt for A Breast Implant Exchange or Removal?
Most women find excellent, long-term results with their breast augmentation procedure. However, it’s common to expect to undergo an additional surgery at some point after breast augmentation for various reasons. There’s no hard and fast age or number of years for an implant exchange or removal, but rather there are some things to watch out for that indicate it’s time to speak with your plastic surgeon.
Your implants are showing signs of wear
Although ruptures aren’t necessarily dangerous if they’re caught early, it’s still better to prevent them from happening altogether. It’s important to regularly examine your implants and, if you’ve had them for many years or believe they’re becoming prone to rupturing, you should see your plastic surgeon to discuss your options. If, after your breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon recommends regular MRIs to check for weaknesses, you should have them on a regular schedule. Although it’s not the case for every woman, implants generally last for upwards of ten years before they begin to require an exchange or removal procedure.
You’ve begun experiencing complication
Complications are always a risk with surgery, but implant surgeries come with specific complications to watch out for. The most common is capsular contracture, which occurs when scar tissue forms in excess around the implant. This can sometimes occur well after surgery, as well as other complications like rotation or migration of the implant (sometimes as a result of capsular contracture). It’s important to know your body and see your plastic surgeon if you begin to notice anything unusual, and they can determine whether it warrants an implant removal or exchange.
You’re no longer happy with your results
Both you and your body will inevitably change over time, and sometimes your implants change unfavorably. Whether you feel your results no longer fit your body or you simply would like to return to your natural breasts, your plastic surgeon can discuss your options for choosing new implants or removing them entirely. After all, it’s most important that you’re happy and confident with your body, so you should never feel like you have to live with unsatisfactory results.
Dr. Golosow is a top breast surgery specialist in the Ft. Myers area who can discuss your options for breast implants and achieving your intended results. To schedule a consultation, contact any of our offices by calling or filling out our online form.