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Breast Implant Exchange

For individuals contemplating a change in their breast aesthetics or addressing issues with previous implants, breast implant exchange surgery offers a tailored solution. Whether it’s a desire for a different size, shape, or type of implant or addressing complications such as capsular contracture, this procedure is designed to meet your evolving needs and ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Also known as: breast implant revision, implant replacement

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Everything You Need to Know

Breast implant exchange surgery is a highly personalised procedure aimed at replacing old breast implants with new ones. It’s an option for those who wish to alter the size or type of their implants or for those needing to address any complications from their initial breast augmentation. This procedure can help restore or enhance the breast appearance, considering the individual’s current desires and body shape.

Reasons for considering a breast implant exchange include:

  • Desire for a different size or shape of implants
  • Complications from previous implants, such as capsular contracture or implant rupture
  • Changes in personal preference or body shape over time
  • Updating implant material (e.g., from saline to silicone) for a more natural feel

Before Surgery

Preparation for a breast implant exchange is crucial for a successful outcome. This includes consultations with your surgeon to discuss your goals, evaluate your current implants, and decide on the new implants. A comprehensive medical evaluation and possibly mammograms or breast scans will be performed to assess your breast health.

In the weeks leading up to your surgery, we recommend focusing on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding smoking can significantly impact your recovery process. We’ll schedule a pre-operative assessment to review your overall health and confirm your readiness for surgery. This assessment may include blood tests and a review of any medications you’re currently taking. It’s essential to disclose all medications, including over-the-counter supplements, as some may need to be paused before your surgery.

We understand that the decision to undergo breast implant exchange is significant. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, providing clear instructions and answering any questions you may have. Remember, this is your journey, and our goal is to ensure you feel confident and informed as your surgery date approaches.

During Surgery

Upon arrival, you’ll be guided through the final pre-operative steps, ensuring you’re comfortable and ready for the procedure. Our nursing staff will prepare you for surgery, which includes administering a general anaesthetic to ensure you’re asleep and pain-free throughout the operation.

Our plastic surgeons utilise the latest techniques and technology to perform breast implant exchange surgery. The procedure involves carefully removing the old implants, assessing the breast capsule, and making any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired outcome. The new implants are then precisely placed to enhance the shape, size, and symmetry of your breasts.

Throughout the surgery, your safety and comfort are our top priorities. Our state-of-the-art operating rooms are equipped with advanced monitoring systems, allowing our team to closely observe your vital signs and ensure the procedure goes smoothly. The duration of the surgery varies depending on the complexity of the case, but you can rest assured that our team is committed to achieving the best possible results for you.

After Surgery

Recovery after breast implant exchange surgery is a critical phase, and at St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive post-operative care. Immediately following your surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area where our nursing team will closely monitor your progress. Pain management is a priority, and we’ll administer medication to ensure you’re comfortable as you begin to wake up from the anaesthesia.

Before you leave the hospital, we’ll provide detailed aftercare instructions, including how to care for your incisions, manage discomfort, and when to resume normal activities. It’s normal to experience some swelling and bruising, which will gradually improve in the weeks following your surgery.

Your follow-up appointments are an essential part of the recovery process. These visits allow us to monitor your healing, address any concerns, and ensure you’re delighted with the results. Our support doesn’t end when you leave the hospital; we’re here to assist you throughout your recovery, offering guidance and reassurance every step of the way.

Medically reviewed by Mrs Jacqueline Lewis - FRCS(Glasg) FRCS(Plast) on 25/04/2024

How to pay for your treatment

If you’re… paying for yourself

Did you know you don’t need private medical insurance to come to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital? As a self-pay patient, you can access safe, outstanding quality health care at times to suit you.

For scans and tests, as well as to see most consultants, you’ll still need to be referred by a medical professional like your GP, but as a self-pay patient, the process is more straightforward. You won’t need authorisation from an insurance provider, and you’ll have greater choice of consultant and appointment times.

If you’re… insured

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is approved by all major medical insurance companies. If you have a personal private health insurance policy, or your company provide it for you, you can use it to pay for your care from your initial consultation through to treatment, surgery and aftercare such as physiotherapy. Not all private health insurance plans cover the same things. It’s very important to check exactly what you are covered for with your insurance provider.



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Pre-Op Assessment

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Benefit from our comprehensive aftercare program to support your recovery.

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