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Breast Implant Exchange


Implant exchange, following previous breast augmentation or breast reconstruction, is the most common revisionary surgery currently being performed.  The reasons for exchanging breast implants include aging implants (recommendation is to have exchanges every 10-15 years to avoid implant rupture), desire to be larger or smaller and dissatisfaction with the appearance of current implants due to issues such as rippling, implant malposition, capsular contracture, and rupture amongst others.  When not combined with a breast lift, simple implant exchanges can frequently be performed through pre-existing incisions from the first surgery. These procedures have a similar recovery to the initial surgery and are able to be performed on an outpatient basis.