Breast Implant Removal and Replacement
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your current breast implants or have experienced a problem with them such as a rupture or capsular contracture then this surgery may be right for you. We have a close network of expert breast surgeons throughout the UK who specialise in implant removal and exchange and can advise you on the most appropriate corrective surgery for your individual needs.
The reasons for removing or replacing your breast implants can include:
- Ruptured or deflated implants
- Concern about the integrity of your implants – particularly after the PIP scandal
- ‘Bottoming out’ – when the implants sink below the natural breast crease
- Capsular contracture – when your implants become firm
- You may be thinking about starting a family and are concerned about breastfeeding with implants
- You may just feel that your breast implants no longer fit your body or the implants you have are the wrong shape or size
There are a number of different treatment options available to you depending on your desired look and the condition of your current implants. During your free pre-operative consultation you will be able to discuss all of these options to see which approach will be suitable for you. You will also have the opportunity to attend a sizing appointment to see various shapes and sizes of breast implants if you are undergoing an exchange. This will give you the best possible idea of how you may look following your breast implant removal/replacement operation.
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The Breast Implant Removal or Replacement procedure
The procedure itself will be similar to your initial breast enlargement surgery. It is normally performed under a general anaesthetic and can take between 1-2 hours to complete. You will also be required to stay in the hospital overnight following the procedure.
In most cases, your surgeon will use your old scar to remove the old implant. If you have decided to increase the size of your existing breast implant your surgeon may need to perform an internal release of the breast capsule surrounding your breast implant (capsulectomy). This will make more space for the implant and can improve the appearance of the cleavage area.
How will it impact your life?
If you are undergoing breast implant removal and replacement surgery the biggest benefit is peace of mind that old or problematic implants are no longer in your body. Having breast implants that ‘fit’ with your body shape and lifestyle can also have a big impact on your self-esteem.
Breast Implant Removal or Replacement FAQs
If you are removing your implants because they are faulty or have come to the end of their lifetime then you will likely have your implants replaced as you like their appearance.
However, we are seeing an increasing number of women removing their implants and going back to their natural appearance as they no longer like their bigger bust.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are removing your implants completely, particularly from a large implant, then you may be left with excess skin so your surgeon may advise on an uplift procedure. However, in most cases this is not necessary as the skin retracts fairly well following removal of your implants.
Breast implant removal
- Suitable if you are simply unhappy with the appearance of your breasts or are thinking of starting a family
- You have had ruptured or bad quality implants and you no longer feel safe having breast implants inside your body
- Suitable if you are wanting to replace old implants or change their size
- If you have had problems such as rupturing or PIP implants and want to maintain the look of your breast implants but require new ones inserted
- Suitable if you have developed hardened, painful capsules around your implants
- If you have excess skin following the removal of an implant then you may require an uplift to lift the nipple back up to it’s normal position
However, if you want to see a different plastic surgeon this is not a problem. It is helpful in this case to know details such as the size and type of your current implants and any other relevant information that may help your new surgeon create an appropriate treatment plan for you.
In fact, less than 50% of our patients who think they’ll need a breast uplift after implant removal actually require it.
For more information on what your breast implants will look like after removal click here.
Most people are able to carry out light duties the day after the operation. Strenuous activity, however, should be avoided for at least 4 to 5 weeks. Most people will be able to return to work within 2 weeks although you may need slightly longer if your job involves performing physical duties.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons advises that concerned patients need not take any action at this stage. They should continue their routine follow up with their healthcare professional and discuss any questions they have about their breast implants. There is no need to remove or exchange any current implants based on the most up-to-date scientific data available. Indeed, unnecessary surgery may cause additional harm in a small number of patients.
We advise any patients with new symptoms such as swelling or pain to contact their implant surgeon for specific advice, otherwise they should make a routine appointment with their GP when available to discuss their concerns.
We would encourage women to continue to self-examine their breasts as a matter of good health. Should you notice any changes, feel any discomfort, or have any other concerns then please contact The Private Clinic and we will arrange for you to see your surgeon or consult your General Practitioner (GP).
The majority of patients in the UK with breast implants will have textured surface implants in their breasts. According to all the latest scientific data these remain safe devices and there is no indication for any woman to consider removing or replacing their implants. Patients should continue with any planned follow-up they have arranged.
Further information can be found on the following websites:
- Gov.uk Guidance - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/breast-implants-and-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma-alcl
- BAAPS Statement https://baaps.org.uk/about/news/1675/a_statement_by_the_british_association_of_aesthetic_plastic_surgeons_baaps_on_the_withdrawal_of_allergan_natrelle_textured_implants
- https://baaps.org.uk/media/press_releases/1693/statement_from_praseag_on_breast_implants_and_guidance_for_patients - April-4'2019
The next step
We always encourage people to do as much research as they can when considering cosmetic surgery, so for more information on breast implant removal and replacement surgery:
- Watch our patient videos and hear about surgical experiences first hand
- Read our online Trust Pilot and Real Self reviews
- Watch our surgeon videos covering frequently asked questions
- See removal and replacement before and after photographs in our extensive gallery to compare and contrast results with your body shape
- See breast implant removal before and after photographs in our gallery
- Get in touch and we will email you information on our surgeons and clinics and how to book a no obligation consultation.