The big decision was made and you have been living with a fuller bustline with breast implants. What happens when these might need to be removed or replaced? Historically, this procedure was commonly performed to manage capsules (scar tissue around the implants). With improvements to surgical techniques and implants, the rate of problems caused by capsules has declined. The reasons for this surgery now are more varied than just repair work.
Clients may be dissatisfied with the size, shape, texture, or positioning of the primary implant or wish to have them replaced due to the age of their implants. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr Doyle conducts a preliminary examination to advise you on the best course of action. This procedure may be subject to Medicare and Health Insurance rebates.
When do breast implants need to be replaced?
There is still a common misconception that breast implants will need to be lifted or replaced every couple of years. This misconception has kept many women from undergoing breast implant surgery because they worry about future surgeries and associated long-term costs.
In truth, you should only need one or two follow-up surgeries in total. The average lifespan of breast implants is 20 years—although some have been known to last up to 40 years. About 20% of women who undergo breast augmentation will have their breast implants replaced or repaired within ten years of their first surgery.
What’s involved in breast implant replacement surgery
Breast implant removal/replacement is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes an hour to complete. It is usually performed as a day stay in hospital. As is the case with breast augmentation surgery patients may return to work within 2 to 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks.
When you have a consultation with Dr Doyle at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, he will explain your options to you, and happily answer any questions you may have. If you would like to know more about breast implant replacement, or to book a consultation with Dr Doyle, please contact us today.