5 Signs My Implants Need to Be Replaced

Many women considering breast implants often wonder if they will need a breast revision in the future. While it’s impossible to predict if you’ll need a breast revision before you even have implants placed, there are certain telltale signs that indicate a need for breast revision. This article will outline common situations that require a breast revision and the switching out of implants.

1.    Your Saline Implants Deflated

If you’ve had saline implants in the past, there’s a chance that you’ll need a breast revision if one or both of your saline implants ever deflates. It’s easy to notice if you have a leak in your saline implant because the breast will visibly decrease in size. When this happens, a breast revision surgery is necessary. You can replace your implants either with new saline implants or silicone implants, whichever you prefer.

2.    Your Silicone Implant Ruptured

While it’s easy to tell if your saline implant has leaked, it’s a little harder to determine if your silicone implant has ruptured. Ruptured silicone implants still generally look and feel the same. This is because the vast majority of time, any ruptured silicone will be contained by the scar tissue or capsule that has formed around the implant. In addition, since silicone usually doesn’t travel elsewhere in the body, it’s hard to tell if a silicone implant has leaked. For this reason, the FDA recommends that all silicone breast implant patients get an MRI of the breast every 3 years to check for silicone implant leaks. If your silicone implant has ruptured, it’s time for a breast revision.

3.    You’ve Developed Capsule Contracture

Capsule contracture is when scar tissues forms around the breast implant and hardens, changes position or changes shape. Women who develop capsule contracture in one or both of their breasts often require a breast revision to switch out implants and fix the breast implant pocket.

4.    Your Breasts Are Asymmetrical or Deformed

Every breast augmentation is unique and does not always yield ideal results. Sometimes, even after a plastic surgeon’s best attempts to give you the breasts that you desire, your results will be different than what you had imagined. If you have had a breast augmentation in the past and you are unhappy with the results, especially if your breasts look asymmetrical or deformed, options can be discussed during a breast revision consultation, to see if additional surgery is advisable.

5.    You Want to Change Your Implant Size

Sometimes, women change their minds. And that’s okay. Sometimes after a breast augmentation surgery, a woman wishes she had gone with a bigger implant, other times, she feels like she went too big. If you’ve had breast augmentation surgery in the past and your unhappy with your implant size, you can discuss your options for the right sized implant and perform a breast implant surgery.

What are the next steps?

If you’ve already had a breast augmentation surgery but think it’s time for a breast revision, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Comizio at (973) 775-9248.