Breast Implant Exchange

Breast implant exchange surgery is a procedure performed to remove an existing pair of breast implants, or, sometimes a single implant if the issue involves breast asymmetry. The old implants are replaced with the new implants. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and may also coincide with a breast lift which takes away excess skin from the breast area.


This surgery is similar in nature to breast augmentation surgery. The incision site is generally the same as it was with the initial breast augmentation surgery – however, this can vary depending on the implant and if a breast lift (mastopexy) was performed at the same time.

People often choose to have a breast implant exchange for one of the following reasons:

  • Experiencing scar tissue tightening or the need to have an implant repositioned
  • Saline breast implants that have punctured or altered in shape
  • Body changes from pregnancy or weight fluctuations
  • Desire to modify the size of your implants

Breast implant exchange recovery generally takes about 3 to 7 days. You may experience mild swelling and bruising which should lessen significantly within one to two weeks. Each patient is different and heals from scars at a different pace. The results of a breast implant exchange will vary from patient to patient, as well. Generally, you will see the final results of the procedure within 8 to 12 weeks.

Generally, you will be able to return to work in a few days after a breast implant exchange procedure. It is necessary to wait about three to four weeks before engaging in strenuous physical activities or sports.