or, sometimes a single implant if the issue involves breast asymmetry.
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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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Some people want to switch implant types. So, they go from silicone to saline or vice versa. Other people want to change the size because they are unhappy with the look. Also, most implants have an expiration date and they typically should be replaced after 10 years.
The recovery period for breast revision surgery takes several weeks. Most patients can return to work within a week of the surgery, but strenuous activity should be limited for up to six weeks. Also tanning, swimming, or wearing a regular bra will be prohibited until the six-week mark or until cleared by your doctor. Scars may be visible for up to six months, at which time they will begin to soften and fade.
Patients may experience moderate to significant pain and discomfort during the first four or five days immediately following the revision procedure. The treated area might be bruised, swollen, tender or numb.
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