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Breast Implant Exchange

Age. Gravity. Genetics. Child-Bearing.

Time aside, there are countless factors aging our appearance. At CosmetiCare, our mission is to share the best treatment solutions so you can always Love the Way You Look™.

  • Looking to update your current breast implants to a different size or shape?
  • Want to exchange existing saline implants with newer silicone gel implants?
  • Concerned about your current implants as it relates to breast health?

All About Breast Implant Exchange

Breast revision or implant exchange can address a variety of concerns for those who’ve had previous breast augmentation surgery. Customized corrective techniques are used to restore an attractive appearance for the most common concerns, including implant rupture, rippling, capsular contracture, asymmetry, or sagging. In some cases, women are simply looking to swap older saline implants with new silicone gel implants for a more natural feel. In any event, it is important that women follow all safety precautions and take proper care of their implants for the best outcomes.

Procedure At-A-Glance

Breast Implant Exchange

Procedure

Surgical, General Anesthesia

Healing Downtime

1 - 2 Weeks

Optimum Results

4 - 6 Months

Frequently Combined With

Doctor Specialty

Real-Patient Results

View our Breast Implant Exchange before & after gallery for actual patient outcomes

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Five-Star Results From Award-Winning Plastic Surgeons

CosmetiCare is one of the most recognized names in aesthetic services throughout the nation. With a carefully selected team of award-winning Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons and more than 100,000 stories of transformation for over 35 years, we are committed to helping you Love the Way You Look.

Testimonials

Breast Implant Exchange

Actual CosmetiCare Patient

4.5/5 based on 359 reviews

“I LOVE my new boobs!! Dr. Adair is such a talented surgeon. I had been putting off my surgery for years and I’m so glad I finally pulled the trigger and went with him. Everyone at CosmetiCare treated me like family. From my consultation, all the way to the morning of surgery I felt at home. The anesthesiologist and nurse in the surgery center were both so good at keeping me calm too. I will be a patient for life!”

Jenn W.

Breast Implant Exchange

Actual CosmetiCare Patient

Journey to the Best You

Here’s what to expect during your surgical journey with CosmetiCare

Consultation

Discuss your options and ask any questions that you may have with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

Simulation

Want to see your New Look Now? Virtually “try on” any procedure free-of-cost using our photo simulation tool.

Surgery

Get ready to look & feel your best with one of our renowned board-certified plastic surgeons performing your surgery.

Recovery

Trust our staff to guide you through the recovery process, providing tips and tools to make it as smooth as possible.

Reasons For Breast Implant Exchange

In some cases, women are unhappy with their surgical outcome (typically size-related) and need breast implant correction. Other women trade older saline implants for gummy bear breast implants using cohesive silicone gel. 

Did You Know:
Implants are recommended to be replaced every 10 years for breast health.
Oftentimes, these other “reasons” for revision are the main cause for replacement:

Rippling

Can be felt or even seen through the skin and may develop from the thinning of the tissue covering the implant.

Capsular Contracture

Excess scar tissue may cause some women to experience firmness, visible distortion and discomfort, creating a hardened breast that feels and looks unnatural

Implant Rupture/Deflation

Though not very common, it can occur Saline implant deflation or silicone gel implant rupture is another reason why women may undergo a breast revision.

Placement Revision

Improving changes that have occurred over time or due to pregnancy and nursing.

Size Revision

Current implants replaced with smaller or larger sized implants due to lifestyle changes or to appear more natural.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Breast Implant Exchange (or Breast Revision) surgery cost?

Starting Price:
Silicone $7,900, Saline $6,400

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will prescribe the perfect treatment plan and provide you with an estimate to achieve your aesthetic goals.

We also offer up to 24-month financing options to help our patients pay off the cost of their procedure over time. In just minutes, you can apply here [hyperlink to Financing page] to see what you are pre-qualified for before your consultation.

What Will My Scars Look Like After Breast Implant Exchange (Breast Revision)?

You’ll have scars from the incisions – and the placement and shape of the scarring are dependent on the type of implant used and the entry point used by your doctor to achieve your overall breast augmentation goals. Rest assured, these scars should fade over a year or two, becoming less noticeable.

CosmetiCare offers comprehensive scar treatment solutions. During your consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, they’ll discuss the recovery and healing process and how to minimize scarring post-procedure.

How Do I Choose My Breast Implant Size?

We love this question. We will create a simulation so you can try on your procedure during your consultation. This helps our patients truly understand how the procedure outcome can look and fosters a collaborative dialogue between you and your plastic surgeon.

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the procedure and their recommendations, the recovery and healing process, along with realistic expectations so you leave well equipped to make the best decision.

Can I get smaller or larger breast implants than I had before?

We know that every woman has a unique body and individual aesthetic needs. For this reason, we take the time during your consultation to learn what your goals are. This helps our plastic surgeons determine what course of action will achieve the best result, whether a breast lift, and or augmentation, and what type of implant and placement is ideal for you.

How Would I Know if I Have a Ruptured Breast Implant?

Though not very common, saline implant deflation or silicone gel implant rupture is another reason women may undergo a breast implant exchange/revision.

– Saline implant ruptures are immediately obvious – deflation is apparent

– Current silicone gel / “gummy bear” implants will maintain their shape if torn or ruptured, so regular MRI screenings are required for rupture detection.

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons can assess your situation and provide the best course of action from there.

Should I be concerned about the recent breast implant recall and link to raise the risk of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL?

In 2020, Allergan began contacting patients who may not be aware of the July 2019, recall of BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders.

Textured breast implants have been shown to raise the risk of a type of cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. This risk is very small, the disease is very rare and treatable, and only certain textured implants (Allergan Biocell) have been recalled due to a greater association with the disease.

If you are not aware of the BIOCELL recall or do not know the type of implant you have, you should:

– Visit BIOCELLinformation.com to see if Allergan can provide your implant information.

– Contact your initial surgeon to determine if they can provide your implant information.

As board-certified plastic surgeons, our patient’s health and safety are of utmost concern. As such, we’re committed to only using fully FDA-compliant breast implants and continue to stay abreast of any updates made by our manufacturers and the FDA.

What to Expect
  • You should expect to go home the day of the procedure, so it’s important to make sure you have someone there to drive you home after the procedure.
  • Before the liposuction procedure, your surgeon might mark the areas of your body that will be treated. They may also request for pictures to be taken for a before-and- after comparison.
  • You will receive general anesthesia. This means that you will not be awake for the surgery where as local anesthesia means that you will be awake, but unable to feel the pain.
What's the difference between gummy bear vs. saline implants?

Before considering the cost factor, the patient should look at the attributes of each option and make an informed choice with their plastic surgeon. The main advantage of silicone implants is that they are the softest breast implants on the market – some call them “gummy bear” implants because they are the most natural-looking and the most natural-feeling breast implant. Saline implants are relatively cheaper, but they are also harder. Patients who want a more “augmented” look may favor the saline implant due to its shape.

How long does it take to recover from breast implant exchange (Breast Revision) surgery?

The recovery period following breast implant exchange surgery is similar to recovering from the initial breast augmentation procedure. Most patients return to work after one to two weeks, with reaching or lifting to be avoided for an additional three to four weeks.

At your consultation, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the procedure outlining recovery, healing, and realistic expectations so you leave well equipped to make the best decision.

How often do you have to exchange breast implants?

We recommend implants get replaced every 10 – 15 years to maintain breast health. Additionally, there are many other reasons patients choose to undergo breast implant exchange or breast revision.

In some cases, women are unhappy with their surgical outcomes (typically size-related). In other cases, women are looking to trade older saline implants for gummy bear breast implants using cohesive silicone gel for a more natural feel and appearance.

Will Insurance cover Breast Implant Exchange (Breast Revision) surgery?

Breast implant exchange (or breast revision) is a cosmetic surgery, so it’s not covered by insurance.

If cost is of concern, we offer financing options to help our patients pay off the cost of their procedure over time. In just minutes, you can apply here to see what you are pre-qualified for before your consultation.

Can You Still Breastfeed After Breast Implant Exchange (Breast Revision)?

In most breast implant exchanges, sensation and breast ductal tissue is preserved, so the ability to breastfeed should remain intact. However, recent research* shows that any breast surgery – specifically the incision around the nipple – can potentially damage milk ducts, so there is a risk of insufficient milk production.

*Source: International Breastfeeding Journal
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In most breast implant exchanges, sensation and breast ductal tissue is preserved, so the ability to breastfeed should remain intact. However, recent research* shows that any breast surgery – specifically the incision around the nipple – can potentially damage milk ducts, so there is a risk of insufficient milk production.

*Source: International Breastfeeding Journal
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How Will I Look & Feel Afterwards?

Recovery is usually quick following liposuction surgery. As with any surgery, our doctors will discuss what results you can expect to achieve with liposuction and how to best maintain your new body shape. After a liposuction procedure, most patients can see a noticeable difference in their body within a few weeks.

  • You should be able to return to work within a few days and to your full range of normal activities within about two weeks.
  • Residual fluid drainage will occur from the incision sites during the first 24 hours.
  • Stitches are usually removed within the first week.
  • Some degree of bruising, swelling, and soreness should last for at least a few weeks.
  • Some improvement to body shape will be seen shortly after the procedure, with additional improvement after about four to six weeks, after most of the swelling has gone down. Subtle improvements will continue for about three months.
What Else do I Need to Know?

It’s important to remember that liposuction is not a weight loss method. It is used to combat stubborn fat and remove excess skin.

If you have additional questions about liposuction surgery, take a few minutes to read through our liposuction FAQs to learn more about the procedure. Of course, if you still have questions, we are happy to help you get the answers you need. Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation for more information.

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