Breast Re-augmentation & Implant Removal
Do your implants need replacing?
You’d be surprised how much your body changes over time, so it’s worth talking to our specialist surgeons to make sure you stay looking your best. We typically find that patients want their implants replacing every 10 to 20 years. Implants themselves don’t have a sell-by date but your body can change a lot in that time causing your implants to fall lower on your chest wall.
Re-augmentation is the name given to the procedure where we remove your current implants, and any scar tissue, repair the pocket and add new implants. Breast implant removal is usually carried out through the original incision to minimise scarring.
It’s a great opportunity to decide whether you’d like to change the size of your breasts and it’s often considered after having a baby or losing weight. Even age has a part to play so if your skin has weakened, gravity can start to affect your look. A re-augmentation can address all of these with fantastic results.
It’s a simple procedure and as you’ve been through it before you’ll have a good idea of what to expect, but your surgeon will still carefully take you through it all so it’s fresh in your mind. You should expect to take a week off work and refrain from physical activities for 6 to 8 weeks afterwards. You’ll also need to wear a post-op bra, and your surgeon will explain all of this to you during your consultation.
HOW IT'S DONE
Before – the breast implant has dropped which will change the shape of the breast
After – a new implant has been placed which now sits higher and perkier
As you’d expect, there’ll be some swelling and bruising for around 7 to 21 days after the removal of breast implants. Don’t be surprised if your new implants take up to 6 months to completely settle.
A little discomfort
Any discomfort should disappear after 1 or 2 weeks and we’ll make sure we’ll prescribe and administer any pain relief to make you more comfortable during that time.
A change in sensation
It’s not unusual to notice a change in sensitivity for a few weeks after surgery. It can last a little longer and sometimes, it can be permanent, though this is rare. The change is caused by disturbing the superficial nerves during the procedure and you can feel strange tingles to a sharp pain. Don’t worry though, it’s all normal.
Housework and picking up children
Lifting anything heavy, including your children isn’t advised until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Any strenuous lifting can damage stitches and may affect your final result. Housework, like hoovering is also considered a strenuous activity so please rest fully for the recommended time.
Breast implants do not normally prevent breast-feeding but occasionally they can depending on their placement.
It’s a good idea to have your children first and then choose the right breast surgery for you. Your breasts will change quite a lot during pregnancy and breastfeeding and you may feel you need another procedure afterwards.
Something to think about
This procedure can’t be carried out if you’re breast feeding or still producing milk after having had a baby. We advise you wait for at least 3 months for your body to go back to its pre-pregnancy state before you arrange your consultation.