For most patients, breast implants are expected to last at least 10 years before they should be removed and/or replaced. The longer a breast implant is inside the body after 10 years, the more likely it is to deteriorate or rupture.
When a breast implant is inserted, the body forms a protective barrier of tissue around the implant known as a capsule. Over time, this capsule of tissue may become extremely firm and distorted in a process known as capsular contraction. In this instance, the capsule and implant will need to be removed.
In addition to implant or capsule complications, there are other reasons why women chose to have their breast implants replaced. These include weight fluctuation, changes caused by pregnancy, and the desire for smaller or larger implants.
Dr Avery has over a decade of experience in plastic surgery and has been performing breast augmentations and replacements in Newcastle since 2013.
Saline implant ruptures are generally quite obvious. As the leaked saline is absorbed into the body, the implant will deflate and there will be a noticeable difference in the size and shape of the breast.
All of our breast implant replacement procedures take place in an accredited hospital, with appropriately trained support staff and anaesthetist. A breast revision surgery generally takes between 1-3 with another 2 hours for recovery before you can go home, although many patients will choose or need to stay in hospital overnight.
For any number of reasons, a patient may choose to change the positioning of the original or new implants. Dr Avery will help you determine the best implant placement technique that is right for you.
Find out more about the different techniques for breast implant placement on our Breast Augmentation page.
As with any operation, the patient will need to organise somebody to drive them home and it is recommended that they have another adult stay with them during the first night after surgery.
Some bruising and swelling can be expected within the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment may be recommended for up to 4-6 weeks to provide support and reduce post-operative pain or swelling.
The full recovery period for a simple breast implant replacement is usually milder than that of the original augmentation, however you may be restricted from certain activities such as work, exercise, and heavy lifting for 2–4 weeks following the surgery.
A customised pain relief program will be created for each patient and issued before leaving the hospital. If circumstances change at any stage during the recovery period, then the pain medication can certainly be adjusted accordingly.