Male & Female
What is breast implant exchange?
Breast implant exchange is a procedure done to remove the existing implants for a new set of implants that will enhance the size, shape and volume of the breasts. Using new implants of your choosing, Dr. Rojas will create a fuller appearance that will compliment your frame and boost your confidence.
Who is a good candidate for breast implant exchange?
Any woman wanting to change the size of her existing implants, reposition the breasts or needs revision of capsular contracture is a good candidate for breast implant exchange.
How is breast augmentation with implants performed?
- Breast implant exchange is done in our surgery center under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The original implants are removed and the new implants are placed above or below the pectoral muscle, Dr. Rojas will recommend placement depending on your needs and soft tissue.
- There are three different types of incisions that are used to insert the implants: around the areola (periareolar), under the breast (inframammary) or in the armpit (transaxillary). The incisions are meticulously placed in order to reduce the appearance of scars.
Types of Implants
■ Inserted into the breast pocket unfilled
■ Higher risk of rippling
■ Weigh more than silicone implants
■ Pre-filled silicone gel
■ More natural look
■ Maintains the shape if ruptured
Recovery and Aftercare
- Expectations after your surgery with Dr. Rojas will include carefully monitoring your progress postoperatively at your follow up appointments. Patients will be given a prescription for pain medications, antibiotics and other vitamins which will help with the recovery process. You will wake up from the procedure in a recovery suite wearing a surgical bra. Our amazing staff will monitor you postoperatively until you are ready to be picked up by a family member or friend.
- Breast implant exchanges are common procedures, but every surgery has its risks. Risks include some asymmetry, implant rippling, capsular contracture, delayed wound healing, hypertrophic/keloid scarring. Postoperative follow up appointments will be important to reduce the risk of longer recovery time or developing complications, as well as monitoring your progress.
Will there be loss of nipple sensation?
Patients experience a temporary loss of sensation or numbness after breast augmentation surgery. The majority of patients have this issue resolved within one year of the surgery date.
How long do implants last?
The general rule is that after ten years the risk of rupture increases. If there are no issues with the implant, you do not have to undergo surgery to replace them.