A breast implant replacement operation, which is carried out under general anaesthetic, can range from a simple to an extremely complex procedure, depending upon the problem that needs to be treated and the desires of the patient.
This operation may involve the removal of a tight internal scar around the implant (capsulectomy), the repositioning of the implant to above or below the chest wall muscle, and the alteration of implant size or shape.
Patients might want to reduce or increase the size of their implants or they may wish to change the shape of the breast. For this reason, breast implant exchange is often carried out in combination with either fat transfer or uplift surgery.
It’s important to recognise that changing breast implants does not mean that patients will get the same result you as their initial implant surgery. This is because the breast tissue will have been damaged by previous surgery, and of course will have aged over time.