The most commonly known implants are breast implants, but implants can be used to augment and improve most areas of the body and face. Over time, implants may need to be removed and/or replaced as they are not guaranteed to last for a lifetime.
There are a number of reasons for this, most commonly this can be due to a health-related diagnosis, lifestyle changes including weight loss or weight gain or complications as a result of the implants such as infection, silicone leak, calcium build-up, dead tissues surrounding the implant, ruptured implants or capsular contracture or changes in the shape and position of the implant.
Implant Removal and Replacement – Quick Summary
Implant removal and replacement is a revision procedure for people who have had implants previously and due to different circumstances, now need them removed. Sometimes the removal and replacement of an implant can be more complicated than the original implant and is more susceptible to infection and/or bleeding due to scar tissue.
What do implant removal and replacement involve:
There are 2 different options with implant removal, these being:
The removal of the original implants only. In this instance, the incisions are located in the same area as when the initial implant surgery was performed. If the implants are being removed because of capsular contracture, Dr. Verma will remove the hardened capsules at the same time. This will assist in accelerating the healing process.
Implant removal with reinsertion of new implants. In this procedure, the incisions used are usually located in the same position as that for the original implants.
Where is it done:
Dr. Verma conducts implant removal and replacement procedures at Honeysuckle Day Hospital – a fully accredited purpose-built cosmetic facility located in Newcastle.
Length of Surgery:
Time of surgery is dependent upon your individual requirements and can take between two to three hours.
Type of anaesthesia:
Day surgery or inpatient stay:
In most instances, implant and replacement is a day surgery procedure, but certain cases may require an overnight stay. Dr. Verma will discuss this with you at the time of your consultation.
Costs for implant and replacement vary according to type, complexity, and length of the procedure. You will receive a quote with a cost of the procedure after your consultation with Dr. Verma, tailored to you.
Do you want to find out more about your options in regards to implant removal and replacement?
We advise booking a consultation with Dr. Verma. He will be able to discuss your individual needs and advise on what options are available and best suited to your lifestyle and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. Call (02) 4001 0511 to talk to our friendly staff and book a consultation with Dr. Verma.
Please also see our list of general FAQs for more details
Implant Removal and Replacement Consultation
Do I qualify for implant removal and replacement?
If you have existing implants and have had changes in your life or appearance or they are causing discomfort that requires them to be removed and/or replaced you will likely qualify for surgery.
What to expect during the consultation?
During your consultation, Dr. Verma will discuss what surgery is most suitable for you. He will also take photographs as this is an important part of cosmetic surgery to document your progress pre and post-operatively.
What are the risks and complications of implant removal and replacement surgery?
There are always risks and complications associated with surgery. Particular risks associated with implant removal and replacement include:
- Development of thick painful scars.
- Deformity or sagging of the area where the original implant was located.
Recovery after Implant Removal and Replacement Surgery
Care of your wounds
You will be provided with detailed instructions by Finesse Cosmetic Surgery with regards to care of your sutures, wounds etc. Any sutures are usually removed in 7-10 days.
In most instances, return to work is possible 7 days after your surgery. In more complex cases involving capsular contracture, a longer recovery period may be necessary and Dr. Verma will discuss this with you. Depending upon the location of the implant removal, other lifestyle modifications may be necessary. Dr. Verma will discuss this with you at your consultation.
When will you see results?
Scars from implant removal and replacement will heal differently, depending upon the location of the surgery, in most instances you will see results within 3-4 months after your tissues heal and the majority of swelling and bruising subsides.
What will be your follow up schedule?
Dr. Verma will see you one week post the operation and then organize subsequent follow-ups according to how you recover. All follow-up visit costs up to three months after the operation are included in the cost of the surgery. Revision surgery for any complications carries an extra charge.
Similar to your consultation visit (see above), Dr. Verma will be taking photographs of your breasts in order to document healing during follow up visits.