Breast Implant Replacement or Revision Surgery in Melbourne, Australia
- Do you need your implants changed or need to fix a breast implant complication?
- Do you want to change your implant type due to concerns about implant texturing?
Breast implant replacement, also called breast implant revision surgery, is performed by Dr Craig Rubinstein, an experienced plastic surgeon in Melbourne.
What is Breast Implant Replacement Surgery?
Breast implant replacement surgery involves the exchange of one or both breast implants to achieve a desired aesthetic outcome or address complications that may have arisen with the existing implants.
The procedure may require the use of advanced breast revision techniques to address specific concerns. These techniques can include modifying the breast pocket or capsule, repositioning the implants, or performing a breast lift (mastopexy).
The goal of breast implant replacement surgery is to alter the appearance of the breasts and address any issues related to the previous implants. The surgical approach will be tailored to the individual’s unique circumstances and desired results.
It is crucial to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon who specialises in breast revision surgery. During the consultation, the surgeon will assess your specific needs and goals, recommend the most appropriate techniques, and discuss the associated risks, outcomes, and costs involved in the procedure.
Before and After Images for Removing and Replacing Implants
This procedure can help alter the look of your breast implants.
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 getting a breast augmentation without a breast lift (mastopexy), despite moderate skin laxity or severe skin ptosis.
- A miscommunication or perceptions about desired breast size/shape.
- Lacked customised pre-surgery measuring/planning.
- Ignored post-op recovery & rest recommendations. And, as a result, had a sub-optimal outcome.
- In spite of advice, did not attend the recommended follow-up appointments
- And/or failed to wear support garments after surgery.
Reasons for Breast Implant Replacement
There are a wide variety of reasons women seek breast implant exchange or revision surgery.
- 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 breast implants
Breast Implant Revision Surgery is Complex and Not Everything Can Be Fixed
Prior to considering breast implant replacement, it is crucial to have a thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.
If you are uncertain or uncomfortable with your original surgeon, seeking a second opinion is recommended. It is essential to find a surgeon with whom you feel confident and have open communication.
It is not uncommon for your surgeon to suggest returning to your original surgeon, as they may have valuable insight into your previous procedure and can provide continuity of care. The ultimate decision should be based on your comfort level and trust in the surgeon’s knowledge.
Remember, choosing the right surgeon is vital to ensure the best possible outcome for your breast implant replacement surgery.
Take the time to research and consult with multiple surgeons to find the one who understands your goals and addresses your concerns with professionalism and compassion.
Implant Removal vs Replacement Surgery
Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)
- Explantation is typically undertaken by older patients or those who are concerned about sensitivities.
- Furthermore, this procedure involves 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 (mastopexy) performed.
However, options and outcomes for this procedure depend on existing breast tissue as well as the elasticity of your skin.
Breast Implant Replacement
- This surgery involves the removal of existing implants and replacement 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 also 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?
Breast revision surgery typically carries a higher cost compared to the primary (original) surgery. This is primarily because revision procedures are often more complex and require additional time in the operating theatre.
It’s important to note that the exact price of breast implant replacement or revision surgery will vary depending on various factors, including the chosen surgeon and the specific procedures and techniques involved in your case.
In Melbourne, the average cost of breast implant replacement and breast revision surgery ranges from $16,000 to $30,000. However, it’s essential to consult with your chosen surgeon to obtain a personalised quote based on your unique circumstances and desired outcome.
Keep in mind that investing in a qualified plastic surgeon who prioritises patient safety and delivers excellent results is crucial. While cost is a factor, prioritise finding a surgeon who instils confidence and has a track record of successful breast revision surgeries.
Further Reading – Medical References
- Firstly, American Society of Plastic Surgeons. November 2018. What is breast implant removal surgery? [online] Available from: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-implant-removal [accessed 22 November 2018]
- Secondly, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. November 2018. Revision Breast Surgery [online]. Available from: https://www.isaps.org/procedures/breasts/revision-breast-surgery/ [accessed 22 November 2018]
- Thirdly, American Society of Plastic Surgeons. November 2018. What is breast implant revision surgery? [online]. Available from: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-implant-revision [accessed 22 November 2018]
- As well as, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. November 2018. Capsulorrhaphy for revisionary breast surgery [online]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19083508 [accessed 22 November 2018]
- Finally, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. November 2018. Open Capsulotomy: An Effective but Overlooked Treatment for Capsular Contracture after Breast Augmentation [online]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5096543/ [accessed 22 November 2018]
- Replacing Breast Implants (Breast Revision Surgery) Melbourne
About Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is an experienced Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon for breast and abdominoplasty surgery.
Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised abdominoplasty surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery.
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- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided.
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
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