Implant Removal and Replacement

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Whilst breast implants are long-lasting, they do not last forever and will eventually need to be removed or replaced. Most implants last around 10 years before they require further surgery, although some can last longer. Breast implant revision is often needed to correct issues that may be present from past surgeries, as well as issues that arise over time. Every patient is different, which means this procedure is tailored to each person’s needs and goals. Revision breast augmentation (also known as removal and replacement of breast implants) involves removing breast implants and replacing them with new implants. This process can address a number of issues, both medical and aesthetic.

Reasons for Breast Implant Revision

There are many reasons why people seek breast implant revision. While some women desire a change in breast shape or size due to personal preference, others seek breast revision surgery to correct problems such as implant ruptures. Your breast revision surgeon will tailor the process to your particular needs. Some common reasons for revision breast augmentation include:

Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture refers to a contracting of scar tissue. After an implant is inserted, scar tissue forms around it, helping to hold it in place. However, if this tissue begins to tighten it can cause the area to harden, changing the shape and size of the breast. This can also cause pain and discomfort. Dr Broadhurst will remove the tightened capsule along with the implant to both relieve pain and prevent re-occurrence. This is one of the ways revision breast augmentation can benefit patients.

Rupture or leak

Breast implant rupture or leak is where the breast “envelope” has broken down or failed. When the outer wall of the implant weakens and breaks, this often causes the implant to leak or change shape. There are many causes for this, including trauma, ageing of the implant, and other issues such as capsular contracture. Whilst a rupture or leak can be caused by a number of factors, in some cases, it can occur for no known reason.

Ruptured silicone implants can often go unnoticed because it tends to remain inside the surrounding breast tissue. However, it can often cause swelling, irritation, pain, and lumps. If you have breast implants and notice these symptoms, your implant may have ruptured. We can confirm the condition of your breast implant by breast ultrasound. Your breast revision surgeon will remove the implants and silicone deposits where needed.

Aesthetic replacement

Breast implant replacement is for patients who have had breast surgery in the past and want to change the appearance of their breasts. Such patients may want larger or smaller implants, a different shape or position, or they may have changed their aesthetic ideals over time. Dr Broadhurst will remove your current breast implants and replace them with new ones according to your preference. The altered size or shape gives patients the look they desire.

Implant Removal & Replacement with Dr Broadhurst

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Consultation

Your Initial Consultation

Due to the personal nature of a breast implant revision, an initial consultation will help establish if you are suitable, as well as your goals for surgery. This initial meeting will be virtual, either over the phone or via FaceTime. You will need to discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking. You will also have the chance to express your concerns and reasons for seeking breast implant revision. Dr Broadhurst will recommend a treatment plan suited to you and the look you wish to achieve. He will also outline what you can expect after your breast implant revision and in the early recovery period.

Your Second Consultation

Your second meeting with Dr Broadhurst will be in person at one of our Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, or Ballina locations. This appointment will be at no cost to you and will give you the chance to ask any further questions about your surgery or clarify any concerns. The discussion will take place a few weeks prior to your surgery date to ensure you have a good understanding of your revision breast augmentation. With more than 18 years of experience, there are no questions or concerns that Dr Broadhurst hasn’t heard. He will be able to provide you with well-informed answers and specialised care for your specific breast revision surgery.

Procedure

What to expect during your procedure?

Breast implant revision surgery is performed in one day under a general anaesthetic. Whilst some patients have implant removal without replacement, many patients choose to undergo both removal and replacement of a breast implant. The surgery aims to create a more ideal look and overall quality of your breasts. Every patient has a surgical plan tailored to their needs and ideal outcomes.

Breast implant revision will usually not take longer than one or two hours, depending on the specifics of the surgery. For example, it may take longer to remove both the implant and scar tissue (capsule) than to remove just the implant. You should discuss these variables with your surgeon before your revision breast augmentation.

Your breast revision surgeon will make an incision in the fold under your breast. This may differ from the incision used to place the implant initially. The surgeon will then remove the implant through the incision and insert a new one in its place. However, if your breast revision augmentation involves removing the implant capsule (capsulectomy), your surgeon will remove this capsule before inserting the new implant. The new implant may have a different shape or size depending on what was discussed in your consultation. A larger implant may require expanding the pocket.

Dr Broadhurst uses the most trusted and up-to-date techniques to deliver great results for patients. After breast implant revision, most patients are satisfied with the improved texture and look, with previous issues rectified.

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How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Cost in Brisbane?

Many factors affect the cost of a revision breast augmentation. Every procedure is slightly different and is tailored to the patient and their needs. The facility used, expertise of your surgeon, and type of implants can sway the cost. Also, fees for anaesthesia, medicine, post-op care, and your hospital stay will all be taken into account. Patients who are replacing their implants will need to pay for the new ones. Additionally, some patients need a more in-depth treatment than others. Whilst many patients update their implants to gain a certain look, others need breast implant revision for health reasons. This can make the process more complex, which in turn affects the cost.

Some people may receive Medicare support, given that they have a health reason for seeking revision breast augmentation. This means you may receive support if your implants were first placed to fix a breast deformity. Issues such as tuberous breasts, significant asymmetry, or breast cancer issues allow patients to qualify. On the other hand, you will not qualify if the breast implant revision was done for cosmetic reasons. After speaking about your personal concerns and goals, your surgeon will be able to answer any questions you may have about costs.

Recovery

Recovery After Revision Breast Augmentation Surgery

Straight after your revision breast augmentation, your incision sites will be dressed. Your surgeon may place tubes in your incisions in order to drain any extra fluid. Once the anaesthesia has worn off, you will be able to go home. You should have someone there to help you get home safely. Additionally, your surgeon will give you at-home care instructions to help you take proper care of your wounds. In the days and weeks after your revision breast augmentation, you may need to:

  • Wear a compression garment
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise
  • Keep the area clean and dry
  • Drink plenty of water and eat healthily
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Take time to rest and recover

At-home care is a vital part of the healing process after any surgery. Taking proper care of your body will aid wound healing and help you achieve a good result. You can resume light household activities after two days, and you will typically only need one week off work. You must refrain from any strenuous activity or exercise for several weeks while you allow your incisions and breasts to heal. Although results will be partially visible straight away, it will take time for your breasts to fully heal. As a result, it will take a couple of months to see the final outcome of your revision breast augmentation.

Procedure Risks & Complications

When performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon, this procedure has a very high success rate. However, like every surgery, revision breast augmentation comes along with some risks. If you are thinking about having breast implant revision, you should make sure you are aware of the potential complications. This will help you make the right decision for your body.

During your recovery, you will experience swelling and bruising for a few weeks, along with sensitive skin. After a couple of weeks, the swelling should subside and pain relief medication can help you manage any discomfort. Although adhering to your instructions will aid the recovery process, the rate at which your incisions heal will depend on your body’s natural healing response. Severe side effects are rare, but they can occur in rare cases. If you notice any severe symptoms, you should seek medical attention or contact your surgeon. Risks of revision breast augmentation can include:

  • Beeding
  • Infection
  • Poor scarring
  • Undesired results
  • Asymmetry
  • Implant rupture
  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Decreased nipple sensation
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Ongoing pain
  • Capsular contracture
  • Prominent scarring
  • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)
  • Skin and/or tissue necrosis

You can reduce your risk by choosing a qualified surgeon to perform your breast revision surgery. If you are looking for a certified breast revision surgeon in Brisbane, Dr Broadhurst draws from years of experience to produce great results for patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for revision breast augmentation?

Good candidates for breast implant revision are women who have undergone breast augmentation in the past. They usually have concerns about their current implants, whether cosmetic or health-related. For example, some women want a different size or shape of implant to suit their preference. Others need the surgery to correct complications such as implant rupture, leaks, or other issues. Ideal patients are generally in good physical health and have realistic expectations about their breast implant replacement.

How often should breast implants be checked?

It is generally advised that patients have their implants checked once every couple of years. Removal and replacement of a breast implant is completed once every 10 years or so; however, some implants can last up to 15 or 20 years without issue.

Will I have scars after breast implant revision?

The removal and replacement of a breast implant most often involves an incision in the breast crease. Although this should only leave a thin scar, the scar may look different from the scar after your previous surgery. Taking care of your incisions during the healing process will help reduce scarring for a good final outcome. Scars will fade in the year after your surgery.
You will also be provided with silicone gel that can be applied once our nurses have reviewed you at 2 weeks post surgery.

What results can I expect?

Your breasts may appear swollen and bruised after surgery. Patients can expect their incisions to mostly heal after a couple of months. The breasts will settle into their final shape and appearance after about three months or so. Your exact results will depend on how your body responds to surgery, your health, as well as your choice of new implants. Most patients are happy with the final outcome of their revision breast augmentation.

How much downtime is needed?

You can resume light activities a few days after your breast implant revision. Most patients can return to work after one week if their work does not require strenuous activities. However, you will need to avoid heavy lifting and exercise for a few weeks in order to minimise risk and let your incisions fully heal.

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