Breast implants can last 10 years or more, but you may need them
replaced in the case of a medical complication or damage to the implant. Breast
implant replacement can be an opportunity to get a new size or shape of
implant, and to also have a breast lift performed.
Reasons to have your breast implants replaced
Implant replacement is necessary if you develop a medical
complication or if your implants get damaged. Reasons to have your breast
implants replaced include:
- A rupture or leak in the implant, which
can cause health problems or breast asymmetry
or rippling in the implant that is visible or can be felt
- Capsular contracture,
where your body grows hard scar tissue around the implant
- Capsular calcification,
which are lumpy calcium deposits that grow around the implant
deformity, including implant malposition, sagging, implant visibility, and
How replacement surgery is performed
Implant replacement surgery is performed much the same way
as your original breast augmentation surgery. The procedure can be performed
under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Your original incision lines will most
likely be re-opened to minimize new scarring. Your old implants will be removed
and replaced with new ones. If you’re getting a new size or type of implant
your surgeon may have to make new incisions and alter the pockets that your
implants rest in.
Recovery after replacement
Recovery is usually milder compared to your original
augmentation surgery, but can vary depending on the type of replacement
implants you select and whether or not additional procedures such as a breast
lift are performed.
Most women can return to their normal activities in 10 days.
You will have pain, swelling, soreness, and tenderness in your breasts after
surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication as necessary while you
The costs of breast implant replacement vary depending on the
extent of your surgery and the replacement implants you select, as well as your
location, surgeon, and health care coverage. Some implant manufacturers offer
replacement warranties that can help with costs. You can discuss these factors
with your surgeon and health care provider for more details.