Breast implant exchange is a procedure that enables patients to adjust the results of a previous breast augmentation procedure.
When to Consider Breast Implant Exchange
Common reasons for a breast implant exchange include:
- Leaks: Although rare, both silicone and saline implants have a small chance of leakage, especially as they get older.
- Improved technology: Women may opt to replace older gel implants with thin shells with newer, safer implants made with a highly cohesive gel.
- Preference: Over the years, changes in lifestyle and aesthetic desires can mean a change of heart on the original implant size, so women may want to go larger or smaller.
- Capsular Contracture: Some scar tissue forming after a breast augmentation is normal. However excessive scar tissue can form around the implant causing the breast to become hard, deformed, and painful.
- Better shape: Some women elect to have a new breast implant inserted in order to change the position and contour of their chest.
- Wrinkling & Rippling: In some situations, especially on thin women, wrinkles and rippling of the implant can become noticeable.
- Asymmetry: Most women have some sort of breast asymmetry, and this can continue to change over time, even after initial implants have been placed.
- Type: Women with older saline implants may determine that newer, more natural-looking silicone gel implants will improve the look and feel of their bust.