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Changing the Breast Implants

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September 19, 2019
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The ISAPS records breast augmentation surgery by implants as one of the most common Cosmetic surgery worldwide. There have been various changes in the concept of implants for the breast over the years. The safety of the procedure of breast augmentation with implants is always being updated and as Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons we keep abreast with the developing technologies so that we can deliver the best to the patients.

Before opting for breast implants
One should always have a thorough consultation with the Plastic Surgeon before one decides to get breast implants done.
Most of the well-qualified Plastic Surgeons will let the patient know that one needs to change the implants every 10-12 years because over time the shell of the implant becomes weak and there are more chances of rupture as the duration of implant crosses 10 years.

Is the process of implant change tedious?
The process to change the implants is a simple one usually and it is best to go back to the same surgeon but a qualified Plastic Surgeon nearby can also help.

When the implants have been placed underneath the breast glands, the breast tissue may undergo stretching over a period of time and when you get the implants exchanged, the surgeon may advise for a breast lift along with an implant change. In many cases, without undergoing a breast lift procedure, simply changing the implant for a bigger size may also do the job.

Opting for a breast lift along with implant change gives a fuller and firmer looking breasts because implants or no implants, breasts naturally sag over time.

The process of implant change requires less downtime than the first procedure because it will most often be the same pocket that is utilized and fresh pocket dissection for implant placement doesn’t need to be done.

There has been a scare of cancer with breast implants, what if I want to change my breast implant earlier?
Advisories have been issued against the use of textured implants in many countries. The textured breast implants have been linked to a variety of lymphoma which is detectable and treatable.

One need not change or remove the breast implants for the scare of breast cancer. Keep in touch with the Plastic surgeon to get check-ups regularly. As a routine too, even for women who don’t have implants an annual breast check-up is recommended after 40 years of age.

The current generation of Breast implants has been deemed safe without the risk of any cancer associated with them.

Do I have the option of removing my breast implants totally? How will it impact my breast shape?
Removing breast implants is always an option. One will have to be prepared in their mind for the changes that will take place. Fat grafting or fat graft with a breast lift can be the option to restructure the breasts. This may require more than one session but a patient’s own body fat can be utilized to achieve a decent result.

I feel a strange sensation around my breasts, I fear it may be a leak? Should I change my implants?
It is best to consult a Plastic surgeon for this. By examination and a few investigations, it will be clear if there is a leak.

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