Breast Implant Replacement Surgery

Breast Implant Replacement or Breast Implant Exchange Surgery in Melbourne, Australia

  • Do you need your implants changed or need to fix a Breast implant complication?
  • Are you unhappy with your current breast augmentation results?
  • Do you want to change your implant type due to concerns about implant texturing?

Breast Implant Replacement or Exchange Surgery, also called Breast Implant Revision Surgery is performed by Dr Craig Rubinstein, Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne.

What is Breast Implant Replacement Surgery?

Breast Implant Replacement Surgery is changing one or both breast implants over for a another implant(s), aiming for a better aesthetic outcome or fixing a complication.

This could involve complex breast revision surgery techniques like changing the breast pocket or capsule, repositioning or performing a breast lift at the same time.

Why some patients want to change their current Breast Implants and have Revision Surgery

Some of the reasons for further Breast Implant Revision Surgery include:

  • Only had augmentation without a breast lift, despite moderate skin laxity  or severe skin ptosis
  • Had a miscommunication or perceptions about ideal breast size/shape (most women want to go a bit bigger during revision)
  • Lacked customised pre-surgery measuring/planning
  • Ignored post-op recovery & rest recommendations and had a sub-optimal outcome
  • Didn’t attend recommended follow-up appointments or failed to wear support garments after surgery

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Reasons for Breast Implant Replacement or Breast Augmentation Revision

There are a wide variety of reasons women seek breast implant exchange or revision surgery.

These include:

  • A desire to change implant size related to lifestyle changes, weight changes or exercising comfort
  • Breast Surgery Complications like
    • Capsular contracture
    • Capsular calcification
    • Implant rupture
    • Breast implant deflation
    • Implant leakage
    • Breast implant wrinkling
    • Excessive movement of the breast implant
    • An allergic reaction to the breast implant
    • Infection or bleeding after surgery
  • Asymmetry in nipples or breast shapes or sizes (usually pre-existing, but potentially amplified when breast volume increases)
  • Suspicions or recent diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Worries about the quality, brand or type of implant (e.g. textured implant)
  • A prior, botched procedure or a poor surgical result from overseas surgery that needs to be corrected
  • A change in lifestyle, body weight or appearance goals
  • General Pain caused by the breast implants

Breast Implant Revision surgery is complex and that NOT everything that has gone wrong can be fixed

  • Before you evaluate breast implant replacement, it is important to consult closely with a fully QUALIFIED,  experienced Plastic Surgeon.
  • However, if you do not feel comfortable with your original surgeon, seek a second opinion.
  • Don’t be surprised if your Surgeon encourages you to go back to your original surgeon.

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Questions to consider before having REVISION breast surgery or breast implant exchange:

There are other things to consider when contemplating having revisional breast surgery.

  • Are your breast implants causing you any pain?
  • Have your augmented breasts become unusually hardened?
  • Are you disappointed with the look of your current implants and have given them at least 12 months for swelling to subside?
  • Has initial swelling fully subsided and bruising resolved?
  • Have you given your surgery results at least 12 months healing time?
  • Do you want to return to life with smaller breasts or more similar to how your breasts looked before you got your implants?
  • Have you noticed breast rippling or movement?
  • Are your implants moving or breasts ‘bottoming out’?
  • Have you lost your cleavage or do you have a uniboob look?
  • Did you give your original surgeon a chance to rectify the situation (if they are a FRACS qualified specialist)?
  • Are your expectations realistic in terms of what you started with?
  • Are you prepared for the fact that a revision surgery may or may not get you what you’re wanting, depending on what you’re dissatisfied with?

We would always advise going back to your original surgeon if they are a FRACS qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

Implant Removal vs Replacement Surgery

Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)

  • Explantation is typically more popular with older patients or
  • Patients who are concerned about sensitivities
  • This procedure involves the breast implants being entirely removed and NOT replaced with newer implants.

While having their breast implants removed, patients may opt to also have a breast lift performed to achieve a smaller yet natural look.

Options and outcomes for this procedure depend on existing breast tissue and the elasticity of your skin.

Breast Implant Replacement

  • This is surgery involves the removal of existing implants to be replaced with newer ones.
  • Breast implant replacement also appeals to patients who would like to change their implant size, replace ageing implants or reduce implant visibility or rippling.
  • This procedure may sometimes involve altering the position of your implant from above the muscle (sub-glandular) to beneath the muscle (sub-pectoral) or vice versa.
  • Patients may also opt to change older saline breast implants or ruptured implants in favour of modern silicone cohesive gel breast implants.

How much does Breast Implant Replacement and Breast Revision Surgery Cost?

  • Revision surgery is usually more expensive than the primary (original) surgery.
  • The reason is that it is more complex (more difficult) and tends to involve a lot more time in the operating theatre.
  • The exact price will depend on your choice of Surgeon and WHAT procedures and techniques might help.

Breast Implant Replacement and Breast Revision Surgery prices in Melbourne tend to range from $16,000 to $30,000 (average costs).

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