Breast Implant Exchange
Dr. Angelchik was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 1996 and successfully completed a rigorous recertification process in 2006 and 2016. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program through the ABPS. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has also been named to Castle & Connolly’s Top Doctors in America every year since 1996.
Breast implant exchange, sometimes called implant replacement or implant revision, is a surgical procedure that replaces existing breast implants with new implants based on each patient’s preferences. Breast implants often last 10-15 years so women often choose to exchange them after this time. Implant replacement can also be performed earlier if you develop complications or desire a different look.
If you no longer like the look of your implants, breast implant removal can also be performed by itself. A breast lift can be added to either procedure to simultaneously improve the appearance of sagging breast tissue.
Previous breast augmentation patients who are no longer satisfied with the look of their implants, and those who have developed complications, can benefit from breast implant exchange. Possible complications include capsular contracture, hardening of the scar tissue, saline implant leaking, or silicone implant rupture. These complications pose potential medical complications and alter the appearance of the breasts.
Ideal candidates should be in overall good health, meaning:
- Stable weight
- No underlying medical conditions
- Realistic expectations
- Not currently pregnant
- Non-smokers or willing to stop smoking for an extended period
Dr. Angelchik will discuss your medical history and surgical goals with you at your consultation to determine the best treatment plan for your breast implant revision.
If your breasts are still smaller than your ideal size, larger implants can be placed to enhance the size of your breasts. If you feel that your implants are too large due to lifestyle changes, your implants can be replaced with smaller ones or the implants can be removed.
Silicone implants have a realistic look and feel, creating a natural result that is popular among patients. Saline implants are filled with a salt-water solution and allow for more precise sizing. Both are great options to enhance the look of your breasts.
Breast implant exchange is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in our surgery center. Dr. Angelchik will use the previous incision line to prevent further scarring and create a more aesthetically pleasing result. Incisions are often made under the breast fold and/or around the areola. After the existing implants are removed, built-up scar tissue will be removed, and the new implants will be placed in the breast pocket.
Patients should expect moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort that improves during the first 1-2 weeks. However, swelling can take several months to completely go down. Dr. Angelchik will fit you with a surgical bra or compression garment to minimize swelling. Patients should be able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, but more strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided until Dr. Angelchik has informed you that it is safe.
If you are considering breast implant exchange in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, schedule a consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik. He will be happy to discuss all your options for breast revision surgery to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your needs.