Breast Implant Exchange
If you have breast implants, you may consider changing the implants if you desire to go bigger, smaller, or discovered you have an implant rupture. The FDA recommends that people with silicone implants have an MRI three years after the initial placement, and then every two to make sure you do not have a “silent rupture.”
Breast Implant Exchange Procedure Overview
People exchange their breast implants for a number of reasons. Some people choose to replace their saline implants with newer silicone gel implants that look and feel more natural. Sometimes breast implants move from their correct position and creates the look of an unattractive “uniboob.”
Before your breast implant exchange you will meet with Dr. Cho in a one-on-one consultation to discuss your goals. He will determine if you are a good candidate for the implant exchange surgery. You should be a healthy nonsmoker. He will discuss your options and allow you to choose from a variety of implant shapes, sizes and materials.
During breast implant exchange surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia. The surgery is an outpatient procedure so you will go home the same day. Dr. Cho is likely to use the same incision locations as your original breast augmentation. If you are changing your implant placement, Dr. Cho will manipulate the space inside the breast tissue so the new implant will fit.
If you are having a breast lift in addition to your breast implant exchange, you will require new incisions. The type of incision you get depends on whether you have sagging skin that needs to be removed, and the amount of lift that is needed. The surgery generally takes from 1-3 hours.
A breast lift can be performed in conjunction with breast implant exchange surgery.
A breast implant exchange has a very high success rate. Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, hematoma or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.
What to Expect