Why a Breast Implant Exchange?

Correct implant issues or update to fit where you are in life.

Unlike breast implant revision surgery, which is performed when someone is not satisfied with their first procedure soon after surgery, breast implant exchange is a treatment for patients who want to replace implants from prior augmentation with a different size or a more modern implant. Breast implant exchange is for those who are having issues with their current implant or are at a different point in their life.

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Do I Need a Breast Implant Exchange?

Before deciding on this procedure, consider its necessity.

If you enjoyed the outcome of your first surgery, but are at a different point in life, you may consider a breast implant exchange to change size. You may also benefit if your breasts are sagging as the result of aging, weight changes, or pregnancy.

If you’re having issues with breast implants from a prior surgery, a breast implant exchange may become a necessity. Common problems are capsular contraction, or hardening of tissue around a breast implant that can happen gradually over time and may cause pain. Saline implants can also rupture or leak, which often brings women in to exchange them for modern silicone gel implants.

In this video, we discuss what makes a good candidate for a breast implant exchange procedure. 

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Breast Implant Exchange Benefits

Enhance the shape and restore a youthful appearance to your breasts.

Get implants that resolve any issues you may have experienced with your old implants and that are a better reflection of where you are in your life. You can choose from a range of sizes that better match your current lifestyle, as well as multiple silicone or saline implant types. Our breast and body specialists will discuss which implants may be best for your body and your goals.

After your breast implant exchange, you’ll benefit from natural-looking breasts with a more modern implant. Breast implant exchange surgery is often combined with a breast lift for optimal results.

Let's talk about some of the reasons women choose to have a breast implant exchange procedure.

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Breast Implant Exchange Procedure

A procedure tailored to your needs.

Our breast and body specialists will first talk with you about your goals and desired outcomes, recommending the size that may work best for your body. During the procedure, they'll remove your current implants and often will correct the area where the implant sits, as well as remove any ruptured implant material. They'll then replace your original implants with new, modern implants.

Learn more about how we make sure you get the right implant size for you during your breast implant exchange. Watch now!

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Breast Implant Exchange Recovery

Return home on the same day as the surgery.

As an outpatient procedure, breast implant exchange typically allows you to return home on the same day as the surgery. While you may have some additional fullness for a few days, you’ll see it continue to subside over several weeks. Most patients return to work within a few days, as long as no heavy lifting or pushing is involved.

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*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

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Breast Implant Exchange FAQ

Are my implants permanent?

Breast implants have a long life and can help to maintain a youthful appearance for your breasts. However, they are not intended to last a lifetime and some women will find that they need to have a breast implant re-do in the future.

Is a saline or silicone implant better for a natural look?

Both saline and silicone implants can result in a natural look. Modern techniques have improved the aesthetics of implants, now giving women the most natural-looking augmentation possible.

Is it safe to get pregnant after breast augmentation surgery?

Yes. Breast implants are completely safe for pregnant women and pose no additional risks, although pregnancy and nursing can cause the breasts to sag. Some women choose to have a secondary breast augmentation or a breast lift after having children.

Should I consider a re-augmentation if my other implants are old?

It depends. If you are still pleased with the results of your original augmentation, then there may be little reason to have another. However, if you want an improved look or want to change size, then a breast re-augmentation may be a good option. The best way to find out if a breast implant exchange is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our breast and body specialists.

What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our breast implant exchange patients.

“Clevens Face and Body Specialists took all the time needed to give me the appropriate education for me to make a confident, informed decision of switching from saline to silicone. I feel privileged that I was able to have them as the people who boosted my confidence and changed my life!” 

–Gatorgirl77, review on RealSelf

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Learn more about your breast implant exchange options: Meet with our breast and body specialists.

While you may know what to expect from the procedure, you will have the opportunity during the consultation to explain your goals to our breast and body specialists. They’ll discuss with you whether another surgery is right for you, based on your medical history and your desired outcome. The consultation is focused on ensuring you can make the most informed decision about your procedure.

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