Breast Implant Exchange

Breast implant exchange, or breast implant revision surgery, is a procedure performed to replace existing breast implants with new ones. This can be done for a variety of reasons, such as a desire to change the size or type of implant, to correct complications from previous surgery, or to address changes in the breasts due to ageing or weight fluctuations.

Breast implant revision benefits

There are many reasons why someone may choose to get an implant exchange. Some common reasons include:

Changing the size or shape of the breasts:

Over time, your preferences and goals for your appearance may change. Breast implant exchange allows you to update your breast size or shape to better suit your current desires.

Correcting complications from previous surgery:

Sometimes, complications such as implant rupture or capsular contracture can occur after a breast augmentation. In these cases, breast implant exchange may be necessary to correct the issue and restore a more natural-looking breast appearance.

Addressing changes in the breasts:

As you age, your breasts may change due to factors such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. Breast implant exchange can help address these changes and improve the overall appearance of your breasts.

What to Expect During Breast Implant Exchange

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Breast Implant Exchange Surgery

If you are considering breast implant exchange, it is important to understand the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks. 

The breast implant exchange procedure is similar to a breast augmentation surgery in many ways. It typically takes 1-2 hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia.

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During the procedure

During the procedure, we will make an incision in the breast tissue to access the existing implant. They will then remove the implant and replace it with a new one. Depending on your individual needs and goals, we may also adjust the placement or position of the implant during the surgery.

After the new implant is in place, we will close the incision with sutures or surgical tape. You will then be moved to a recovery area where you will be monitored for a short time before being released to go home.

Recovery and Results

The recovery period after a breast implant exchange surgery typically takes about 1-2 weeks. During this time, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the breasts. We may prescribe pain medication to help manage any pain or discomfort.

It is important to follow instructions for post-operative care to ensure a smooth recovery. This may include avoiding strenuous activities or heavy lifting for several weeks after the surgery.

After the initial recovery period, you should begin to see the results of your breast implant exchange. Your breasts will likely appear fuller, more symmetrical, and more youthful. If you have had complications from a previous surgery, you may also experience improved comfort and reduced pain or discomfort.


General anaesthetic

Surgery Time

2-3 Hours




Recovery garments


Hospital stay

1 night


1 week and 2 weeks after discharge

Return to desk-based work

1-2 weeks

Return to driving

4 weeks

Return to sport

6 weeks

Breast Implant Revision Consultation

A consultation is an essential part of any surgery. During this appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations for the surgery, ask any questions you may have, and receive guidance on the best approach to achieving your desired results. Here are some reasons why it is important to have a consultation for surgery:

Discuss your goals and expectations:

 During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations for the surgery with us. This can include your desired breast size and shape, as well as any concerns you may have about the procedure. By discussing your goals and expectations upfront, you can ensure that we’re all on the same page about what you hope to achieve with the surgery.

Evaluate your current implants:

We will evaluate your current breast implants during the consultation to determine if they are intact, properly positioned, and suitable for exchange. They may also perform imaging tests, such as mammograms or ultrasounds, to assess the condition of your breast tissue and underlying structures.

Discuss the risks and benefits:

Like any surgical procedure, breast implant exchange carries some risks, including bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. During your consultation, we will discuss these risks with you, as well as the potential benefits of the procedure. They will also help you weigh the risks and benefits to determine if breast implant exchange is the right choice for you.

Learn about your options:

There are several options to consider when undergoing breast implant exchange surgery, including the type of implant material, size, and shape. We will discuss these options with you and help you choose the best option to achieve your desired results. They may also discuss the pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed decision.

Create a personalized surgical plan:

Based on your goals, expectations, and physical characteristics, we will create a personalized surgical plan for your breast implant exchange surgery. This plan may include the specific surgical techniques we will use, and any pre- and post-operative instructions that you will need to follow to ensure a successful recovery.

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