Breast implants aren’t meant to last forever. As with all medical devices, they will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. For this reason, we advise all of our breast augmentation patients that a breast implant exchange should be anticipated sometime in the future.
A breast implant exchange procedure is generally much easier and less invasive than the original surgery. You should experience less pain and have a faster recovery because the pocket for the breast implants already exist. This is especially true if you have large breast implant pockets that are soft and require no manipulation of any scar tissue.
Dr. Michael Chiaramonte is a board-certified plastic surgeon with advanced skills, techniques and experience for beautiful breast enhancement. He has been performing breast implant exchange procedures for over 20 years, and he knows how to achieve the exceptional results you desire.
You can learn about your options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Chiaramonte in person. Please call 301-567-6767 today to schedule your breast implant exchange consultation.
Common Reasons for Breast Implant Exchange
Breast implant exchange is a helpful tool if you would like to improve on the results of a prior breast augmentation. Some common reasons patients request implant exchange include:
- To achieve a different cup size
- To upgrade from saline implants to silicone breast implants
- To change the shape or feel of their breast implants
- To restore their pre-pregnancy breast appearance
- To restore a more youthful breast appearance
In general, the vast majority of women who undergo breast implant exchange are happy with the results of surgery, and they often experience a boost in self-confidence that stems from feeling good about their breast appearance.
Changing Your Implant Size
The main reason women choose to exchange their implants is to change size. Most women choose to upsize (go bigger), but some also downsize (go smaller) with their implant exchange. An important factor to consider when changing your implant size is how this will impact your lifestyle. If you are very active and athletic, you should think about how a larger implant will impact your ability to engage in your favorite activities.
During your consultation, Dr. Chiaramonte can use Vectra 3D imaging to simulate how your breasts will look with a different implant size. This is an effective way to get a clearer understanding of how your procedure will impact your breast appearance.
Upgrading from Saline to Silicone Breast Implants
Upgrading from saline to silicone implants is a common reason for breast implant exchange. While saline breast implants can result in excellent outcomes for most patients, some women become concerned that these implants feel firmer and less natural. Saline implants are also more prone to ripples that can be seen and felt at the sides of the breasts. Rippling can be corrected by changing saline breast implants to silicone implants, which are softer and feel more natural than saline implants. Our advice for patients that want the most natural breast augmentation is to choose a silicone implant.
Saline and silicone breast implants may experience leaks at the external shell, which would prompt a breast implant exchange. Leaks are usually due to wear and tear, and they are more likely to occur in older implants. When a saline breast implant leaks, it becomes completely deflated and requires replacement to restore a normal appearance. Silicone breast implant ruptures are less obvious, but should also be exchanged for optimal results.
Changing the Shape or Feel of Your Breast Implants
Several factors determine how your breasts will feel with implants:
- The amount of natural breast tissue covering the implant
- The type of implant (silicone or saline)
- The size or volume of the implant
- The shape or projection of the implant
If you’re unhappy with the feel of your current breast implants, exchanging the type of implant can make a big difference.
Restoring Your Pre-Pregnancy Breast Appearance
Being a mom is an amazing experience, but no one can deny that having kids changes your body. When your body changes, your breast implants might not look the way they once did. If you’re unhappy with your breast appearance after pregnancy, Dr. Chiaramonte can help you improve your breast shape and by exchanging your implants.
It’s important to understand that future pregnancies will result in the same changes to your breasts that occurred the last time you gave birth. Therefore, Dr. Chiaramonte typically recommends waiting until you’re done having children before undergoing breast implant exchange.
Restoring a More Youthful Breast Appearance
Unfortunately, breast augmentation won’t stop the aging process. Even augmented breasts change as you get older, and breast implants themselves age over time. If you’re no longer happy with the outcome of your breast augmentation due to changes caused by the aging process, an implant exchange can help you restore a beautiful, youthful breast appearance.
In some instances, Dr. Chiaramonte may recommend a breast lift in conjunction with your implant exchange in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
How Do Know if I Need to Exchange My Breast Implants?
If you’re not 100% satisfied with how your primary breast augmentation turned out, or if your breasts have changed over time and your old implants just aren’t right for you anymore, then it may be time to consider breast implant exchange. Dr. Chiaramonte understands the nuances associated with a revision procedure. This enables him to deliver the beautiful, natural looking results you deserve.
Contact our Maryland Plastic Surgeon
Please contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery using the form on this page or call 301-567-6767 today to schedule your breast implant exchange consultation. We serve patients in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.