To a great extent it depends on the type and quality of chosen breast implants, however the reasons for replacement may vary:
- implant rupture
- capsular contracture
- breast drooping
- desire for bigger or smaller breasts
- improperly chosen implant type or position
- preventive replacement after the lifetime expiration at older implant types (10 years, max. 15 years), 15 to 20 years at modern implants
- dissatisfaction with a previous surgery result
On a long-term basis, Body Clinic specializes in breast surgeries and performs a wide range of procedures (breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, fat transfer breast augmentation...). However, the issue is rather personal and therefore an in-person consultation with the surgeon is crucial.
During the consultation, you will be informed about all options and details of the procedure. Our surgeons will advise whether you are a suitable candidate for the combination of breast implant replacement and breast lift, or other procedures (capsule removal, fat transfer etc.)
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Subglandular implant placement approach
Subglandular implant placement (above the muscle) is suitable for patients with bigger and moderately sagging breasts. The postoperative condition is less painful and results in a quicker recovery. It is a method used to correct minor breast sagging and to tighten the breasts.
A drawback of this method, compared to submuscular implant placement, is that there is less tissue over the implant. Sometimes, the implant may be visible under the skin and is more easily pulpable.
As the skin is the only thing holding the implant, the breast may tend to sag with time and therefore it is advisable to wear a bra consistently.
Surgery methods - scar visibility
A plastic surgeon always tries to leave the least amount of visible scars as possible after a surgery. The surgeon may place the implant under the mammary gland using one of the following methods:
- through an incision in the inframammary fold
- through a small incision made along the lower areolar periphery
Submuscular implant placement approach
With submuscular implant placement, the post-surgery condition is a bit more painful and recovery tends to be longer. However, the implant is almost impalpable after the surgery and the breasts can be better examined. The clear advantage of the method is its more stable aesthetic result; the implant does not sag because it is held in position by the pectoral muscle.
Submuscular implant emplacement is perfect especially for thin women with small and firm breasts.
A plastic surgeon always tries to leave the least amount of visible scars as possible after a surgery. There are following options of incisions made to emplace the implant under the muscle:
- from inframammary fold
- from an incision along the areolar periphery
- from an incision made in the armpit
It is more difficult for any type of replacement if a breast augmentation is done through an incision in the armpit and subsequently a post-operative complication occurs requiring an implant replacement. Sometimes it is necessary to replace the implant through another incision which results in another scar.
Your safety is our priority, therefore at the Body Clinic, we work with MENTOR®, proven breast implants, through extensive long-term studies, which represent the highest quality available.
MENTOR® breast implants have the lowest reported incidence of post-operative complications. Which is the reason why these implants are the most desired by surgeons as well as patients worldwide.
Breast implant types
MENTOR® breast implants are available in a wide range of shapes and volumes. The size of your future implant is determined by the shape and size of your chest, the shape and size of your breast, skin quality and the condition of your pectoral muscle.
Anatomical implants (i.e. teardrop-shaped implants)
Implants with ever-growing popularity which give the breasts a deluxe appearance of a young and firm bust, all while portraying a more natural breast shape. This is a perfect choice for slim women with very little chest fat at whom the visible round implant upper edge may not look as appealing. Another advantage is a lower incidence of implant wrinkles thanks to a more cohesive gel compared to round implants. There is a certain risk of implant rotation, therefore it is necessary to observe the postoperative recommendations.
Round implants are suitable for breasts with minor sagging or without sagging, especially when it is the patient’s desire to add volume to the upper pole. An experienced plastic surgeon can create a natural appearance even with round implants. However, a sufficient amount of fat or gland tissues on the chest is a must.
MENTOR® breast implants
At the Body Clinic, we use luxurious breast implants MENTOR®. MENTOR implants are premium products manufactured by the world's biggest producer in the field of plastic surgery, the American company Mentor. The MENTOR implants belong worldwide to the best quality of implants with a long tradition. MENTOR® breast implants are among the few which acquired an approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as they meet the highest quality and safety standards required by the FDA.
- Immediately before the procedure, your surgeon will take photographs and indicate the procedure on your skin. Everything will be carefully explained, and all questions answered.
- The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 1 hour for simple replacements, up to 3 hours in complicated cases.
- A special postoperative brassiere will be prepared for you after the surgery. Wear it to ensure the optimal healing process and overall recovery.
In case of simple replacements, the hospitalization at the Clinic is usually overnight. In case of more complicated procedures, it takes two days. You have to wear the postoperative brassiere for several weeks.
You have to rest about 1 to 2 weeks after an implant replacement, then you can resume your job. The first follow-up is usually scheduled within 10 to 14 days after the surgery.
You can participate in sports in one to two months, depending on the type of surgery.
If you want to improve the appearance of the scar, make an appointment for laser treatment. Scar laser treatment is recommended within 2 to 3 months after the surgery.
Tips for you
Find a person who will drive you or accompany you on the day you are released from the Clinic. You cannot drive yourself. A taxi can be called upon your request.
Upon your release, you will receive a postoperative care package containing painkillers, antiseptic soap, disinfectant and other products to treat the wound.
Possible risks of breast implant replacement
As any other surgery, breast implant replacement embodies risks which must be taken into account.
General risks of surgeries under general anaesthesia
These are generally known risks related to surgeries under general anaesthesia.
haemorrhage - hematoma, infection, pulmonary embolism, abnormal healing process, postoperative wound opening, keloid scar formation etc.)
Possible risks connected to breast implant replacement:
These complications and risks are usually the same as complications and risks related to augmentation.
The incidence of a particular complication depends on the type of chosen surgical procedure. The surgeon will inform you in detail about all specifics during a preoperative consultation.
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