Breast Implant Exchange
(Exchange breast implants)
Breast implant exchange is a procedure that replaces your breast implants with new implants.
What is a Breast Implant Exchange?
A breast implant exchange is an operation to remove your current breast implants and replace them with new ones. Implants are not necessarily lifetime prostheses and breast implant exchange may need to be performed for rupture, capsular contracture, or if you wish to have either smaller or larger or different type of implants.
Should you have your breast implants replaced?
There are a number of reasons why you might have your breast implants replaced for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes. These include:
- Change breast implant size and volume – you may want smaller or larger breast implants over time due to weight changes, pregnancy or personal preference.
- Change breast implant shape and position – you may want a change in position or shape of your implant, such as more natural looking breasts.
- Change breast implant type – due to change in implant type preference, newer generation breast implants or perceived health risks.
- Capsular contraction – excess scar tissue may develop around your implant that is hard and feels tight and causes your breasts to feel tender, look misshapen and be susceptible to implant rupture.
- Breast implant leaks – your original breast implant may have ruptured or be leaking.
How long is the breast implant exchange procedure?
You can expect your breast implant exchange procedure to take one to two hours to perform.
It is day surgery typically performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will usually use the original incision site in most cases and try to avoid any further scars where possible. They will remove your implant (as well as the capsule if there is capsular contracture) and then carefully insert your replacement implant. They will then close your wounds using dissolvable stitches.
What is the cost of a breast implant exchange?
Breast implant exchange surgery cost varies depending on the exact type of surgery and implant you require. As a guide, breast implant exchange at West Valley Hospital starts at £5000.
This guide price is an estimate of costs and you will receive a formal quotation price following your consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. This formal quote for your breast implant exchange surgery will be valid for 60 days and includes unlimited aftercare.
We have a number of finance options available for our cosmetic surgery patients. These include All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price delivers direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance, pay as you go and interest-free medical finance loans.
If you are having a breast implant exchange for medical reasons such as breast implant leaks, extrusion or capsular contraction, it may be covered by private health insurance. We advise you to check directly with your insurance provider and get written confirmation before commencing treatment.
Also, your implant warranty may cover some of the costs associated with breast implant exchange surgery. There is often a 10-year time frame when these costs are covered. We recommend checking with your implant provider to find out more about your implant warranty cover.
How long is the recovery process after a breast implant exchange?
The recovery process after a breast implant exchange is often similar to your original breast augmentation, although your recovery may be slightly more comfortable. You should follow your surgeon’s post-operative advice.
You can expect to go back to work and return to driving after a week or two. It is often recommended that you sleep on your back for the first two weeks after the operation.
You will usually be advised to wear a sports bra for up to eight weeks. You can recommence your usual exercise activities after four to six weeks.
A full recovery will be made after six to eight weeks.
Breast Implant Exchange at West Valley hospital UK
Here at West Valley Hospital we understand that implants may need to be exchanged either because of medical or cosmetic reasons. Our experienced, knowledgeable and GMC-registered plastic surgeons offer extensive advice for patients requiring a breast implant exchange and expert surgery.
Our state-of-the-art hospital offer the latest facilities and is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
We offer fixed price packages with 0% interest finance to help you arrange your breast implant exchange surgery when you need it without worrying about any escalating costs and with the option of affordable payment plans with no interest.