Breast Implant Exchange
Reasons for Breast Implant Exchange include:
- Implant rupture
- Capsular contracture (aggressive scar tissue which forms a capsule around and implant and deforms the breast over time)
- Desire to change saline implants to more natural-feeling silicone implants
- Desire to correct less severe but still bothersome cosmetic aspects of the breasts such as implant rippling, thinning breast skin, palpable implants
- Desire for a bigger or smaller implant
A breast implant exchange can be as simple as removing the old implant and replacing it with a new implant of similar size. It can also be much more complicated depending on what needs to be corrected. Recovery is usually quicker than the first augmentation surgery since the patient has already had a prior implant.
Women now have a choice in their type of breast implant. Breast implants have a silicone shell that is filled with either silicone gel or salt-water solutions known as saline. The FDA approved silicone gel implants that are available today and are constructed of a “cohesive” elastic-type of semi-solid gel that feels, looks and moves much like normal breast tissue. Unlike older silicone implants, these “new” silicone implants do not leak throughout the body or deflate if ruptured. Currently, silicone implants are FDA approved for women over age 22. Silicone gel implants have been extensively studied, making them one of the most researched medical devices in history. The overwhelming body of medical literature has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of silicone implants. Both saline and silicone implants can provide natural and long-lasting results.