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Implant Replacement Philadelphia

Breasts can be a source of confidence for women. Many women, though, are unable to take pride in their appearance because of their breasts. Women may feel that their breasts sag or are the wrong size for their frame. Patients come to the practice of Eric A. Marchant, MD in the Philadelphia area for breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and breast implant replacement surgery.

Other names for Breast Implant Removal

Capsulectomy with Implant Replacement

Breast Implant Exchange

Procedure Expectations:

Breast implant replacement can be a simple procedure depending on the implant type and the amount of time the patient has had implants.

Breast implant replacement can often be performed via the same incision as the original placement.

Breast implant replacement can help a breast feel or look more natural.

Breast implant replacement can help a breast look larger or smaller, more perky or less perky.

Procedure Limitations:

Breast implant replacement can “deflate” the look of the upper breast if a smaller implant is chosen.

Breast implant removal sometimes needs to be performed in conjunction with removal of the scar capsule around the implant.

There are situations where the incision used for placement cannot be used for replacement.

There are also situations when the patient will need to have drains placed during surgery.

Surgical Time:

One to three hours

Restrictions:

Breast implant replacement patients should refrain from any aerobic activity and lifting over 10 lbs for three weeks. Most patients return to more sedentary jobs within one to two weeks.

The request for breast implant replacement surgery varies from women wanting larger breast implants, smaller breast implants, perkier breasts, more natural breasts, or softer breasts. Some patients are experiencing deflation of a saline implant or rupture of a silicone gel implant. Whatever the reason, Marchant Plastic Surgery is ready to listen to your desired goals and to discuss possibilities.

Breast implant replacement surgery is sometimes a very simple exchange. Sometimes, breast implant replacement surgery needs to be performed with removal of the scar capsule around the current implant. This is called a capsulectomy with breast implant replacement. If a breast is soft and the patient has no physical complaints, saline implants are often simple to exchange. Sometimes older silicone gel implants take some finesse to remove to avoid gel contamination. Capsulectomy is typically performed in this case- especially with silicone gel implants that were placed 10+ years ago.

There is also an expected amount of droop to the breast if a patient requests that smaller implants be placed. Some patients request a breast lift as well during the implant replacement surgery. This is a conversation that Dr. Marchant will have with the patient at the consultation so that the patient’s expectations can be determined with replacement. Thinking about replacing your breast implants? Call Marchant Plastic Surgery for your consultation today!